Thursday, January 27, 2011

Another Lion from Lyons

Tom Callahan

6-6, 280 lb. offensive lineman Tom Callahan is coming to Columbia.

Tom is currently a senior at Lyons Township HS in Illinois where he was a captain for the 2010 season, and yes… that’s the same school where we found two-time 1st Team All Ivy and rising senior OL Jeff Adams. (Greg Watson ’93, also came from LTHS).

He is coming to Columbia and already working on being more than ready for the fall:

“Nothing is going to be handed to me,” he said. “You can’t red-shirt at Ivy League schools so I’m going to be working as hard as I can for the rest of the offseason.”

You can see Tom’s highlight video here.

So our PROBABLE incoming list of the class of 2015 is up to 10:

1) Tom Callahan OT 6-6 280 lbs. Lyons Township HS LaGrange Park, IL

2) Wells Childress* DE 6-4 263 lbs. Kinkaid HS Houston, TX

3) Sean Coffinger LB 6-4 215 lbs. Desert Vista HS Phoenix, AZ

4) Ryan Flannery WR 6-3 185 lbs. North Attleborough HS North Attleborough, MA

5) Joe Kopp OL 6-4 260 lbs. Arundel HS Gambrills, MD

6) Hunter Little DL 6-4 225 lbs. The Webb School Knoxville, TN

7) Ijeoma Odigwe DL 6-2 220 lbs. Chandler HS Chandler, AZ

8) Ray Pesanello LB 6-2 215 lbs. Mahwah HS, Mahwah, NJ

9) Kal Prince QB 6-4 198 lbs. Owenboro HS Owensboro, KY

10) Vinny Pugliese LB 6-1 210 lbs. Walsh Jesuit HS Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Army Athletic Director Update
Sal Interdonato reports that the whole search process for a new AD at West Point may get a "do over."

Whether that means that our Dianne Murphy is definitely out of the running with the other presumed finalists is not clear.


At Thu Jan 27, 09:18:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rivals also has Colton Bishop of Arizona to Lions.

At Thu Jan 27, 10:13:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that's right. He's a 5'10" 180 FS. His team won two successive state championships. In the last champ game, he led with 7 tackles, a fumble recov., an interception and half a sack.

At Thu Jan 27, 11:01:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to know that another outstanding offensive lineman from Lyons Township is coming to Columbia.

At Thu Jan 27, 11:38:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Colton Bishop played safety for Chapparal High School, the undefeated Arizona state champions. He's a very quick, hard-hitting defensive back who led his team in tackles (7) in the State Championship Game against Centennial. He. also made a key interception and fumble recovery during the game. Bishop is 5-10, 180 and has a 4.3 GPA

At Thu Jan 27, 04:22:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen Bishop listed as 5'8", 160. Anybody have the facts?

At Thu Jan 27, 05:36:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This video says he's 5'10", 175, but whatever his height and weight, he looks real good.

At Thu Jan 27, 10:49:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another big OL is what I have been hoping for, and this looks like the real deal.

At Thu Jan 27, 11:15:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was surprised to read Tom Callahan say that, "you can't redshirt in the Ivy League." There was a recent post on the Cornell basketball blog which made it clear that Cornell does in fact redshirt and has done so recently. Apparently there is enough wiggle room for individual schools to pursue their own policies.

At Fri Jan 28, 12:48:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw come on, you aren't buying anything that BRF is selling on the Cornell hoop blog, are you? The Ivy League sets the rules on who can and cannot return for a fifth year, not individual schools. It was just a few years ago, in fact, that Cornell had a football player graduate in three years and petition to play his fourth and final season as a graduate student. The Ivy League turned him down, his reward for graduating early. That kind of league will never allow a school to make up its own rules.

At Fri Jan 28, 12:51:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does he also have a 4.3 40 time?

At Fri Jan 28, 01:06:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When it comes to basketball recruiting, Harvard plays by its own rules. During Tommy A's four-year tenure, Harvard has offered admissions to some kids that no other Ivy League school would ever consider. Also, Harvard has sent its coaches to grocery stores and distant playgrounds in search of recruits. The NCCA found that Harvard Basketball had commited an inadvertent recruiting violation, but did nothing serious about it.

At Fri Jan 28, 01:08:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Callahan and Bishop are both excellent pick-ups for Columbia Football.

At Fri Jan 28, 01:49:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is most critical is the defense and the run stop. Force more second and longs and third downs and this will result in one or two more stopped drives per game. ...and one or two more drives that Brackett and co have the ball. Don't know what point swing that results in....7 pts....14 pts.....17 pts?

If the former, we go 6-4 in 2010
If the mid, we go 7-2-1OT
If the upper, we go 9-1

At Fri Jan 28, 01:58:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of height and weight, Callahan's highlight video intro has him at 6-4, 250 not 6-6, 280.
The usual size inflation, or has he grown since the smaller numbers?

At Fri Jan 28, 01:58:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the article questioning Amaker's recruiting tactics some years ago. It happens that I live in the area where a couple of the players played. While I can't speak to the individual academic records of the players, I do know that they graduated from top high schools that are routinely recruited by the Ivy League and everyone else in the country. I wouldn't put too much stock into what the papers said.

At Fri Jan 28, 02:05:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree defense is critical but that's the entire defense, not just against the run. Look at all the 30-yard passes or 60-yard pass and run gainers that just kill you. A league champ needs everything--offense that can pass and run, place kicking, punting and a defense that stops the run and has a speedy, aggressive secondary to stop the pass.

At Fri Feb 04, 12:20:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Diane Murphy did not get the Army AD job .... see the attached link.


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