Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Nice Local Addition

Bruce Grant

The New York Post is reporting that super speedster Bruce Grant from Fordham Prep is coming to Columbia to play slot receiver.

Grant was a running back at Fordham Prep and a prolific weapon for the Catholic High School Football League.

The Post article says Columbia's 40-28 win over the Fordham University Rams helped convince him to join the Lions.

Grant is a bonafide track star. He should join the ever more crowded field of wide receivers at CU and shake it up a bit.

It's been a long time since Columbia had an incoming football recruit from Fordham Prep. The last one was Ashley Hernandez '90, who was also a speedster. Hernandez had limited playing time over his four years at running back.

The biggest Columbia star from Fordham Prep in the modern era was defensive end Mario Biaggi '80. The son of the Bronx Congressman of the same name was the original sack master for the Lions and an All Ivy player in the late 1970's.

You can't overestimate the value a local high school star could bring to Columbia if Grant can make it in the Ivies.

And it's been such a long time since we had a real impact player at an offensive skill position come from a New York City high school.

My unofficial list list of incoming football freshmen now grows to 29.

1. Joey Andrada WR 6-3 190 lbs. Piedmont HS (Piedmont, CA)

2. Marquel Carter QB/DB 6-0 200 lbs. Culver City Senior High School (Culver City, CA)

3. Hunter Coleman TE/OL 6-4 230 lbs. Loyola Prep (Shreveport, LA)

4. Paul Delaney P 6-3 200 lbs. Loyola (Palatine, IL)

5. Duncan Dickerson OL/LS 6-2 245 lbs. Cypress Falls HS (Houston, TX)

6. Lou DiNovo WR 6-0 185 lbs. LaSalle Institute (Albany, NY)

7. Mike DiTommaso CB 6-0 185 lbs. Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, NJ)

8. Brian East LB 6-3 205 lbs. Carmel HS (Carmel, IN)

9. Luke Eddy K 6-2 200 lbs. Worcester Academy (Worcester, MA)

10. Tyler Feely K/P 6-0 155 lbs. Jesuit HS (Tampa, FL)

11. Hamilton Garner TE 6-5 230 lbs. Duluth HS (Duluth, GA)

12. Marcorus Garrett RB 5-10 177 lbs. Pope High School (Marietta, GA)

13. Joe Ghergurovich OL 6-3 245 lbs. Glastonbury HS (Glastonbury, CT)

14. Bruce Grant WR 6-0 175 lbs. Fordham Prep (Bronx, NY)

15. Eddie Hitchcock LB/FB 6-0 200 lbs. Cretin-Derham Hall HS (St. Paul, MN)

16. Tyler Kirkland WR/DB 6-0 180 lbs. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, FL)

17. Dylan Leonard OL 6-3 281 lbs. Ola High School (McDonough, GA)

18. Brad Losee DE/TE 6-4 235 lbs. Eastview HS (Apple Valley, MN)

19. Griffin Lowry RB 6-0 215 lbs. University HS (St. Louis, MO)

20. Mark McClain WR/S 6-2 195 lbs. Upper Arlington (Upper Arlington, OH)

21. Zack McKown TE/LB 6-3 220 lbs. Fork Union Military Academy (Fork Union, VA)

22. Nick Melka DE 6-2 230 lbs. Benet Academy (Lisle, IL)

23. Jeremy Mingo WR/CB 6-0 180 lbs. Firestone HS (Akron, OH)

24. Chris Mooney TE 6-3 230 lbs. Walton HS (Marietta, GA)

25. Joe Raimondi OL/DL 6-4 255 lbs. Hampton HS (Allison Park, PA)

26. Chris Rapka QB 6-3 200 lbs. Cardinal Gibbons HS (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

27. Maurice Rothschild CB 5-10 165 lbs. Warren Eastern HS (New Orleans, LA)

28. James Valerias WR 6-1 185 lbs. Gonzaga College HS (Washington, DC)

29. Sam Williams RB 5-10 175 lbs. Baylor HS (Chattanooga, TN)


At Thu May 06, 12:56:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out Grant's you tube clips. Apparently we will also be using him to run back kick offs. In his video clips he looks like everybody else is running in combat boots. I just hope we don't use him on those bubble screens and end arounds which never seemed to work last year. Put him in the slot and have Brackett throw to him on roll-outs.

At Thu May 06, 02:41:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger okie said...

Jake when considering Fordham Prep football players in the modern era one can not forget the late Richard Flory. Rich was a co captain of the 1967 team even though he missed most of the season w/ a broken neck. In his junior year he was an all Ivy guard and received all New England acclaim as well. He could have played anywhere and at any level.

At Thu May 06, 04:10:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Flory very well. He was a tremendous defender; he played on the DL even though he was not all that big. I don't remember him playing offense, however, but I could be wrong. I think he was Class of '67, and accordingly his last full season was '65 because of his injury.

At Thu May 06, 04:44:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce Grant will be competing in the 100 meters at the Loucks games this weekend in Westchester. I think he missed some of the meets earlier in the season with a hamstring so this is very good news.

At Thu May 06, 12:44:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grant also running the 110 meter hurdles (I believe hurdles is his premier event) where he is seeded fifth out of 45 contestants.

At Thu May 06, 07:38:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew Rich Flory after his Columbia days.....we lived in the same town in the 80's and ninetys...all I knew was he loved Fordham Prep and Columbia and he had a wonderful family... I believe he died young ---of a heart attack but it was good to see him remembered here..Thank you.

At Fri May 07, 01:14:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like what he said in the paper. He has the right attitude and I hope he makes it at Columbia.


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