Saturday, May 07, 2011

Scouting the Enemies

St. Ignatius HS, Cleveland

You can see Brown’s list of incoming freshmen footballers here.

Here are couple of my quick impressions:

-Estes has done another impressive job, especially when it comes to grabbing kids from some new schools.

-Ohio is extremely well-represented with a whopping seven incoming freshmen coming from the Buckeye State.

-Brown usually recruits the most, or near the most New England-area kids in the league from year to year. But this year, only six incoming frosh are New Englanders and NONE of them are from Rhode Island.

Some of the potential stars:

Daniel Giovacchini
A Massachusetts All-Stater and a 6-3 linebacker.

Robert Grebenc

One of Ohio’s better RB’s and a star at the super-strong Saint Ignatius HS in Cleveland.

Nicholas Lawley

A 6-6 QB and a 1st team All-Stater from Cincinnati. If he adds to his 205 pound frame, look out.

Stian Romberg

A 6-5 WR for the Tennesse state champs. All-Stater.

Zach Smerlas

A 6-1, 270 pound DL and the son of NFL great Fred Smerlas.

Zach Sparber

6-3 DL and co-captain of Ivy football factory Bergen Catholic HS in New Jersey.

Princeton’s football class of 2015 is here.

The Tiger site doesn’t include a short bio like the Brown people, but here are a few thoughts:

-Only TWO incoming frosh are from New Jersey. That may be a record low number for Princeton.

-Bob Surace likes Ohio, five incoming players hail from there.

-The Tigers still aren’t able to beef up their QB corps. Only three incoming QB’s in the class of 2015.

Some of the potential stars:

Jack Woodhall

A big OL from St. Xavier HS in Cincinnati. St. X players usually make a nice impact in the Ivies.

Mike Ramos

Another big OL and another product of the St. Ignatius powerhouse.

Quinn Epperly

Strong QB out of Tennessee. Princeton lists him as 6-1, but I believe he is taller.

Jack Verducci

QB of an undefeated Iowa state championship team last fall.

Next week, I’ll take a belated look at Dartmouth’s incoming class.


At Sat May 07, 11:08:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a recap of the Jacked 4 Jacyln Lift-A-Thon? It would be great to hear how some of the guys did!

At Sat May 07, 08:43:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting that Brown is bringing in 35 new football players while simulatenously telling its wrestling recruits that their sport may be shut down at the end of next year so their collegiate wrestling career at Brown will amount to one very depressing season. That's not nice. If Brown really cared about its wrestling team, and has no money to support its wrestlers, they would have saved some big bucks by limiting the incoming football class to 30 players or less.

At Sat May 07, 10:56:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake: What are you talking about? While you have to wait and see how the frosh do, especially at QB, taking 3, if at least two of them are really good, IS beefing up the QB corps. How many do you think a team thin at that position should take in one year? At some point, some will be sitting a good deal of the time or switched to another position.

At Sun May 08, 03:26:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

saw Smerlas play a few times here in Mass. Trust me in that he has miles to go to resemble playing like his Dad.

At Sun May 08, 03:51:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, as much as I love the things you do, with the possible exception of the deservedly hated Quakers I would not use the term "enemy" to describe our opponents. It's a game, not warfare.

At Sun May 08, 04:07:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG to the last poster....!

This isn't chess or's football -- a game of offense and defense, of gaining ground, of hitting/blocking and beating the other side....could there be anymore of a sport that is a metaphor for war? Do you think any of our "opponents" apologizes for knocking our guys silly with a tackle?

Jake, go ahead and call them the enemy all you want because during the game that's what they the end of the game, as is tradition in the Ivies, everyone shakes hands and that is how we express our sportsmanship.

Chen '82


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