Friday, February 04, 2011

Three More

John Keefe

The effort to replace once-in-a-generation wide receiver Austin Knowlin ’10 got off to a bit of a choppy start last season.

Two pickups for the class of 2015 should help the effort.

Choctawhatchee High School's John Keefe is 6-1 185 lbs. and North Allegheny High School’s Dan Slivka is 6-3 196 lbs. Both seem like good wide receivers from excellent high school programs.

Keefe is the first documented Choctawhatchee grad to come to the Lions.

Slivka would be the second North Allegheny alum to play football for Columbia, the first since John Hite ’83.

Dan Slivka

You can see Slivka’s highlight video here.

Keefe’s highlight video is here..

And long-rumored to be coming to Columbia, 6-1 180 lbs. Mike Skalitzky’s commitment to Columbia is now confirmed. Skalitzky will reportedly play DB for the Lions.

Skalitzky’s highlight video is here.

Mike Skalitzky

Our unofficial list of probable incoming frosh and newcomers is at 19. This is just about exactly the same number of known commitments we had at this time last year:

Colton Bishop DB 5-10 180 lbs. Chaparral HS Scottsdale, AZ

John Brady LB 6-2 220 lbs. Lakota East HS Liberty Township, OH

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

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

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

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

Percee Goings QB 6-1 180 lbs. Friendship Collegiate HS Washington, DC

John Keefe WR 6-1 185 lbs. Choctawhatchee HS Ft. Walton Beach, FL

Josh Keiles 6-3 OL 295 lbs. Lakewood HS Lakewood, CA

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mike Skalitzky DB 6-1 180 lbs. Marist High School Chicago, IL

Dan Slivka WR 6-3 196 lbs. North Allegheny HS Wexford, PA

Malcolm Thaxton CB 6-0 190 lbs. Fuquay-Varina HS Fuquay-Varina, NC

Ryan Thomas OL 6-4 275 lbs. Buchholz HS

*=Transfer from Texas A&M


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At Fri Feb 04, 09:13:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Skalitzky, who looked very good at RB on his tape, is being tabbed for DB, then we must have some really good RB recruits, although none are listed so far. As usual, that's our position most in need of quality depth. Here's hoping...

At Fri Feb 04, 09:33:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Keefe co-Fastest Man Award at big combine and first-team All-Area.

At Fri Feb 04, 09:34:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone confirmed yet that the five seniors listed on the new 2011 Columbia Football Roster have been cleared to play next year? Someone mentioned six, but I only count five--Mike, Mike, Nico, David and Paul. Having these guys back would be freat for Columbia Football.

At Fri Feb 04, 10:08:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the poster regarding Skalitzky who looks darn good at running back on film. If he's slated to play defense, then there must be a couple of really good running back recruits. As for the three known incoming wide receivers, you have to love their size and athleticism. All three guys will be great targets in the red zone. All three have the potential to be very good receivers at Columbia.

At Fri Feb 04, 11:25:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Schools still call their teams "Indians"?? As in people from India? Or could they possibly be referring to the native Americans?

What do you say, Jake, how about the Jersey Jews?

At Fri Feb 04, 11:43:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

Diane Murphy NOT leaving Columbia for Army A.D. position.

At Fri Feb 04, 04:58:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

I would LOVE to see a team called the "Jersey Jews!" Come on, we Jews have been desperate for 4,000 years to find a few fans.

At Fri Feb 04, 06:12:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dianne can't leave until WE get a Football championship!!

At Fri Feb 04, 10:07:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, there was a Jackie Mason gig years ago in which he had what he called the Jewish American Football League: teams had names like the Chicago Dentists, the New York Accountants, etc.

At Fri Feb 04, 11:53:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan Slivka comes from a great western PA School in North Allegheny. They were Quad-A PA State Champs this past season and are always near the top in just about every other sport. He will be a great addition to the lions.

At Sat Feb 05, 05:52:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about the Yeshiva U. Maccabees, Columbia's neighbor (mostly) to the north? Close as you'll get!
By the way, there was a time Columbia used to get some colorful suggestions in that vein when playing at Georgetown -- especially the Dave Newmark teams. Another Jewish CU player got so fed up, he waited for a break in the action, stood in front of the home stands, and invited Hoya fans to come on the court and repeat their heckles. Shut them up -- for a little while, anyway. Rohan said he hated playing there back then.

At Mon Feb 07, 07:24:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re bad venues for Jews, Fordham bb games at Rose Hill in the 60s were just awful.

At Sun Apr 24, 11:17:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, did you attend the spring game last Friday evening ? Any thoughts or assessments of what you saw ? Did you meet any if the incoming freshmen ? Do you think any of them will have impact next fall ?


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