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So now that the official list of incoming freshmen is out, it’s time to ask the key question: which newcomers look the best?
It’s always a loaded question and the politically correct and easy thing to do is to pretend that no one really has a clue.
You don’t have to read this blog for very long to know that I don’t endorse that kind of safety.
I’m no Mike Francesa, (the WFAN host who NEVER admits he’s wrong and always talks about probable outcomes as if they’re a certainty), I OFTEN admit that I am wrong… and I am pretty often.
But it’s just too boring to not put forth my opinion and your opinions in the comments section every day.
You want wishy washy? Try your local Congressman’s newsletters.
On Roar Lions Roar we have debate, we have opinion, and in my case, we have the occasional mea culpa.
And I can tell you right now, I am sure I will be leaving out one or two of the best future players on my little list below.
Anyway, here are the incoming frosh I have some very good feelings about for this fall:
-Wells Childress DL
Okay, Childress is not a frosh. He’s the transfer with apparent sophomore standing who comes in at 6-4 and 270 lbs. Will he really be an impact player? I say he’s got a shot. He was only a walk-on at A&M, but he has great football pedigree, (his dad was NFL great Ray Childress), and played great high school ball in Houston.
One thing I AM sure of is he’s going to be a BMOC. He has like 25 million Facebook friends, (all of them seem to be attractive young ladies, btw), so look out Columbia social scene, your new champion is on the way!
-John Brady LB
Brady has great size for an Ivy linebacker at 6-1 and 220. He’s also the son of a long-time NFL veteran, Ed Brady. Ohio kid.
-Tom Callahan OL
When you get the captain of the team from the great Lyons Township HS, you get excited. That’s where we got Jeff Adams, who is setting himself up to be one of the top five Columbia offensive linemen in the Ivy era. We’ll probably have to wait longer to see if Callahan turns out to be a star because he’s an o-lineman, (even Adams didn’t get playing time his freshman year), but he has good size and potential.
-Sean Coffinger TE
A team leader at a serious high school program in Arizona, Coffinger seems to have the right attitude right off the bat. He comes to a college team that desperately needs a TE to replace Andrew Kennedy. It may take a year or so, but I expect him to be in the mix.
-Josh Keiles OL
Great sized offensive lineman. Again, since he's at that position we probably won't see him on the field for awhile. But he's got some tools.
-Hunter Little DL
A Tennessee all-stater who comes from the same school as outstanding Lion Phil Mitchell '09 Good combination. Needs to put on some pounds, but I think we’ll see a lot of him in the future.
-EJ Odigwe LB
Another good sized LB from a very good football program, this one being Chandler HS in Arizona.
-Kal Prince QB
He’s the only pro-style QB in the class, so he stands a good chance based on the numbers alone. But Prince is a good sized QB from a competitive program in Kentucky. Got some looks from some bigger programs.
-Vinny Pugliese LB
Yet another good sized LB and one from Ohio to boot. Good aggressive tackler. Since we’re shifting to a 3-4 defense this fall, we’ll probably use lots more linebackers in the coming years.
-Roy Schwartz DL
Good Texas high school prospect who has the added incentive of trying to outplay his twin brother who’s headed to Penn to play the same position.
-Steven Silvio FB
A big fullback from a solid program in Alabama, (the same school where we snagged the already solidy producing Zach Olinger), he certainly seems to fit the bill at a position where the Lions have been lacking for a few years now. A lot of the local football watchers in his area that I’ve talked to are excited about his chances.
-Eric Stock DL
Most coaches tell me the toughest challenge in the Ivies now is recruiting good interior defensive linemen. Stock comes from a good academic and athletic program at Pingry and certainly looks the part. He's got a good shot.
-Malcolm Thaxton DB
Thaxton is one of many good looking defensive backs in the class of 2015. What sets him apart is he seems like a top notch kick and punt returner.
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