Saturday, June 05, 2010

Friday in a Hurry

Glastonbury HS, home of the Ghergurovichs

I'm swamped today with a visit from the parents, so just some quick notes:

-The question has been asked about incoming frosh Joe Ghergurovich and whether he is related to former Penn line John Ghergurovich. It appears the answer is yes... both Ghergurovichs attended Glastonbury HS in Connecticut. They are most likely brothers. I assume we'll find out for sure when the full write-up on the incoming frosh is released on

-Ivy League recruiting has to be the toughest task for a new coaching staff. Yale's Tom Williams seems to be having some trouble as the Eli class of 2014 seems a little thin. That said, he did score two transfers and Williams may be hoping to fill gaps via the transfer route for years to come. In the end, however, he's going to need to sell the Yale degree a little better than he is now.

-Columbia comes into 2010 with just six QB's on the roster. But just one, Paul Havas, is a senior and despite that low number, this Lions team is still relatively deep at the position since Sean Brackett and Jerry Bell have a lot of relative game experience. Contrast our QB situation with Princeton and you might as well title that tale of the tape: "Rich Man, Poor Man."


At Sat Jun 05, 10:11:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much of info has been run before, but to summarize by positions as initially listed on the roster: WR

Joey Andrada 1st team All Bay Shore; career 100 receptions for 2036 yds and 24 TDs; senior 24 catches for 585 (24 yd average) and 5 TDs; 4.52 40; 6'3" and 190.

Lou Dinovo 2d team all state AA; Times-Union large school POY.

Bruce Grant 5th team all state AA; all Bronx and all Catholic; over 1,000 yds rushing as senior; track star; couldn't find any receiving stats.

Maurice Rothschild all District as WR as junior--500 yds and 7 TDs. As senior QB/WR/RB passed for 2,190, rushed for 892 and received for 270; # 4 in LA in 100 meter at 10.93; also ran last leg in state champ 4 x 200 relay and last leg of #2 in state 4 x 1000 meter relay; also runs 4.5 40; great open field runner.

Looks like a speedy and very talented bunch of receivers; only question is whether Grand can run and catch.

At Sat Jun 05, 07:42:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace Coach John Wooden

At Sun Jun 06, 05:26:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are the Mark McClain videos. He looks like he has the makings of a good Ivy linebacker, strong with 4.56 speed. He's only 195 but at 6'2" will probably get bigger (like Brian East).

At Sun Jun 06, 10:50:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, McClain has a 4.0 grade point average. He was offered by Princeton, chose the Lions over the Tigers.

At Mon Jun 07, 03:11:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marcorous Garrett-- couldn't find any final stats or whether any post-season honors. 3/4s of the way through the season was mentioned as leading rusher in county; high level of competition (largest schools) ran behind what was considered a great line (a rising senior 300 lb-er just committed to Auburn); had a 12 for 157 yds. and 2 TDs game and a 13 for 15 yds game. Also ran track; in state meet ran 11.30 100 meter.

Sam Williams--also a good soccer player, in fact had left football to play soccer before returning to football as junior; had great junior yr behind v. good line as rushed for 1,732 yds and had 325 in one game; all state. Suffered hamstring in 2 or 3d game as senior that kept him out most of season; not 100% sure, but appears rushed for 260 on season as senior; played soccer again this spring; bloggers disagree re his build--one claimed Sam is like a rail; another claimed he is solidly put together.

Griffin Lowry--Rivals **; offered by Penn and H; prior to senior season, Rivals said he was too slow to play high D-1; Rivals listed speed as 4.62; Griffin listed his best speed as 4.5; listed as #19 best recruit in St. Louis area prior to senior season; tore ACL in first game of senior season, played baseball this spring; junior stats 411 rushing w/ 6 yd average and 6 TDs, 686 yds receiving w/ 20 yd average and 5 TDs. Looked at highlight tapes: he has very good vision when running, runs through tackles and has very good hands for receiving; maybe my MIdwestern boys are slow, but he ran away from various players. Of all of our RB recruits, he looks most like a good RB rather than just a good runner, although all 3 look promising in different ways.

At Mon Jun 07, 05:24:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of our better RBs were getting serious D 1 looks after their junior year but suffered an injury in their senior year. See, e.g., Leon Ivery.

At Mon Jun 07, 10:29:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Per Dr. V's information, and other published data, it would seem that we have at least eight incoming freshmen with outstanding speed, namely, in alphabetical order, Marquel Carter, Lou DiNovo, Marcorus Garrett, Bruce Grant, Mark McClain, Jeremy Mingo, Maurice Rothschild and Sam Williams. Two other possibile speedsters are Joey Andrada and DiTomasso, but their times have not been published. I also agree with Dr. V that Griffin Lowry looks on film to be a very good running back. I like the fact that he's big--5'11" 220-- and very strong (great weightlift numbers) and hails from St. Louis, Home of Lion Great, Jonathan Reese. Lowry could give Columbia a powerful, natural inside runner to go along with all the outside breakaway threats in the incoming class.

At Mon Jun 07, 11:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another incoming player with good speed is quarterback Chris Rapka from Cardinal Gibbons in Florida. Rapka, who is 6'3" 200 runs the forty in 4.74. Rivals classifies Rapka as a Pro-Style quarterback, rather than a running quarterback, but he does seem to have a smooth running style on film.

At Mon Jun 07, 11:09:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just noticed that Dr. V has Joey Andrada running a 4.52 40. That's fast, particularly for a guy who is 6'3" 1nd 190.


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