Thursday, February 03, 2011

Two Big Additions

Josh Keiles gets ready to block

6-3 295 lbs. OG Josh Keiles is coming to Columbia.

Keiles comes from Lakewood HS in the Long Beach, CA area. He will be the first Lakewood alum to play football for the Lions.

Ryan Thomas

Joining Keiles is another offensive lineman, this time 6-4, 275 lbs. center Ryan Thomas from Buchholz HS in the Gainesville, Florida area.

Thomas was a 1st Team All-Area selection in the Gainesville Sun and was recruited by several schools including South Carolina and Georgia Tech.

He seems like he could be the real, real deal.

Thomas is the first documented Buchholz player to join the Lions.

That brings our unofficial list of probable committed recruits and newcomers to 16, (about half of what the incoming number should be by the time we know for sure in May).

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

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

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


At Thu Feb 03, 09:23:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buchholz was second-team all- state class 5A in Florida as junior (apprently mistakenly listed as senior)

At Thu Feb 03, 08:35:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another from FL:

Choctaw's Jowers, Keefe both headed to Columbia
February 02, 2011 9:39 PM
Adam Pruiett
Daily News
FORT WALTON BEACH — There’s no need for brains over brawn or vice versa for Choctawhatchee's Brandon Jowers and John Keefe. The pair has plenty of both.

Never was that more evident than Wednesday, when Jowers, a big-hitting golfer for the Indians, and Keefe, a big-time playmaker at wide receiver for Choctaw, signed national letters of intent with Columbia (New York) University of the Ivy League.

“The education I’m going to get there I know is going to carry me for the rest of my life, and that’s the most important thing,” Jowers said.

“It was the perfect fit academically and athletically,” Keefe said. “They showed the most interest in me. They’re a rebuilding program and putting a lot of time and energy into the football team to make them successful.”

Jowers is a two-time Daily News boys Golfer of the Year and won the award following a senior season in which he was the medalist at the Region 1-2A tournament and advanced to state. His postseason accomplishments followed a dominant regular season that included a Miracle Strip Invitational title.

“I’m so proud of the way I’ve played this year,” Jowers said. “Everyone has those moments where they wish they could have done this or that, but it’s those wishes that kind of make you who you are and you’ve just got to top them off in the future.”

Keefe did more than his part to help make Choctaw’s wide receiving corps one of the top units in the area. The first-team All-Area selection made over 40 catches for roughly 500 yards and nine touchdowns.

“He’s the hardest worker in our weight room, everything he does is full speed on and off the field,” Choctaw coach Greg Thomas said. “There’s a reason this year he was voted our most valuable player. … At our football banquet, we hope all our football players take on the traits of John Keefe.”


At Fri Feb 04, 01:11:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Doc. All three of newly named football players from Florida and California look like very good prospects. Keefe, Flannery and Dan Slivka, the wr from North Alleghany HS in Pittsburgh, will be big targets for our quarterbacks.

The more football players from Florida the better. John Keefe looks like a very fine receiver.

At Fri Feb 04, 01:45:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, I just noticed that the 2011 Columnbia Football Roster has been posted on the Columbia Athletics Website. Do you know if the information about the returning seniors is correct? If so, it's great news for Columbia Lion Football Fans.

At Fri Feb 04, 04:37:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see what you mean about good news on the 2011 roster. My count of returnees: 28 sophomores, 30 juniors, and 24 seniors, for a total of 82 if I counted correctly.


At Fri Feb 04, 05:50:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can it be that half a dozen seniors have been granted a fifth year?


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