Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Incoming LB Poll


Carson Powell

Incoming LB Carson Powell is one of the candidates in a newspaper poll looking for the fans' choice for best linebacker in Palm Beach.

Powell is currently leading the other candidates, including an Alabama commit. The paper says Powell had 96 tackles this past season, 28 of them for a loss.


Late Pick Up?

Speaking of linebackers, Columbia may have a shot at a good one from New Jersey now that UConn and its new coaching staff has pulled its scholarship offer to Raritan High School's Ryan Dickens.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Titletown QB


Dillon Davis


Texas state champ Aledo HS QB Dillon Davis has committed to Columbia. 

I spent a good deal of this past long holiday weekend looking at videos of or about Davis and he comes across as the kind of player the coaches liked more for his heart and leadership abilities than any other attribute.

Based on the enthusiasm of the coaches about this incoming class overall, I'm expecting 3-4 more very top notch player commitments to be announced in the coming month.

This extremely well-produced video about Davis' family history tells that story really well.

Davis will be the first Aledo HS grad to come to Columbia football.

This brings our unofficial, but publicly announced, list of commitments to 25:

1) Luke Adams RB/LB 6-2 210 lbs. Notre Dame Prep Pontiac, MI

2) Jalen Allen RB 5-11 185 lbs. Cranbrook-Kingswood HS Bloomfield Hills, MI

3) Will Allen III DB 5-9 164 lbs. American Heritage HS, Plantation, FL

4) Josh Bean QB 6-2 200 lbs. Hinsdale HS Hinsdale, IL

5) Dillon Davis QB 6-1 206 lbs. Aledo HS Aledo, TX

6) Myles Davis WR 5-10 175 lbs. Walter Payton HS Chicago, IL

7) Seth DeVary OL 6-4 275 lbs. Larue County HS Hodgenville, KY

8) Alexander Filacouris RB 6-1 200 lbs. Half Hollow Hills West HS Dix Hills, NY 

9) Graham Flinn DB/WR 6-1 180 lbs. Benedictine College Prep HS Richmond, VA

10) Tyson Hugee DB 6-0 170 lbs. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Philadelphia, PA

11) Emerson Kabus WR 5-10 170 lbs. St. Augustine HS St. Augustine, FL

12) Josh Kaminsky DL 6-4 280 lbs. Seton Hall Prep West Orange, NJ

13) Cameron Lipton-Martinez TE/DE 6-5 225 lbs. Montclair HS Montclair, NJ

14) Ben Mathiasmeier DB 5-10 190 lbs. Cinco Ranch HS Katy, Texas

15) Marquavious Moore RB 5-11 202 lbs. Harding Academy Memphis, TN

16) Carson Powell DB 6-0 190 lbs. Cardinal Newman HS Palm Beach, FL

17) Bailey Rotsky DB/WR Mayfield Heights HS Mayfield Heights, OH

18) Jonathan Rowe OL 6-3 283 lbs. Audrey Kell HS Charlotte, NC

19) Drew Schmid P 6-0 205 lbs. La Jolla Country Day La Jolla, CA  

20) Dwayne Warren WR 6-3 198 lbs. Seton Hall Prep West Orange, NJ

21) Hank White OL 6-6 250 lbs. Buford HS Buford, GA

22) Ashton Cooper Wilson DE/LB 6-3 230 lbs. Merritt Island HS Merritt Island, FL

23) Peter Wise OL 6-5 290 lbs. Brunswick School Greenwich, CT 

24) Justin Woodley LB 6-2 210 lbs. Bishop's School La Jolla, CA

25) Jack Young WR 6-2 185 lbs. Mt. Lebanon HS Pittsburgh, PA

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top Notch Get



Justin Woodley, a speedy and sure handed LB with tons of quality offers, has committed to Columbia.

According to my LionFeeders Columbia Recruitment Database, Woodley will be the third Bishop's School grad to come to Columbia football. Current Lion kickoff specialist Chris Alleyne is a Bishop's grad. (The first was Alec Fisher '15).

His highlight tape, (linked to his name above), is one of the better ones out there for his position among Ivy recruits. He had 100 or more tackles in each of his last two years and led his team on offense and defense.

Woodley played in the same league as incoming Columbia punter Drew Schmid, and Woodley and Bishop's came out on top in their head-to-head matchup, 37-21 this fall.

This brings our list of unofficial, but publicly announced, commitments to 24:


1) Luke Adams RB/LB 6-2 210 lbs. Notre Dame Prep Pontiac, MI

2) Jalen Allen RB 5-11 185 lbs. Cranbrook-Kingswood HS Bloomfield Hills, MI

3) Will Allen III DB 5-9 164 lbs. American Heritage HS, Plantation, FL

4) Josh Bean QB 6-2 200 lbs. Hinsdale HS Hinsdale, IL

5) Myles Davis WR 5-10 175 lbs. Walter Payton HS Chicago, IL

6) Seth DeVary OL 6-4 275 lbs. Larue County HS Hodgenville, KY

7) Alexander Filacouris RB 6-1 200 lbs. Half Hollow Hills West HS Dix Hills, NY 

8) Graham Flinn DB/WR 6-1 180 lbs. Benedictine College Prep HS Richmond, VA

9) Tyson Hugee DB 6-0 170 lbs. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Philadelphia, PA

10) Emerson Kabus WR 5-10 170 lbs. St. Augustine HS St. Augustine, FL

11) Josh Kaminsky DL 6-4 280 lbs. Seton Hall Prep West Orange, NJ

12) Cameron Lipton-Martinez TE/DE 6-5 225 lbs. Montclair HS Montclair, NJ

13) Ben Mathiasmeier DB 5-10 190 lbs. Cinco Ranch HS Katy, Texas

14) Marquavious Moore RB 5-11 202 lbs. Harding Academy Memphis, TN

15) Carson Powell DB 6-0 190 lbs. Cardinal Newman HS Palm Beach, FL

16) Bailey Rotsky DB/WR Mayfield Heights HS Mayfield Heights, OH

17) Jonathan Rowe OL 6-3 283 lbs. Audrey Kell HS Charlotte, NC

18) Drew Schmid P 6-0 205 lbs. La Jolla Country Day La Jolla, CA  

19) Dwayne Warren WR 6-3 198 lbs. Seton Hall Prep West Orange, NJ

20) Hank White OL 6-6 250 lbs. Buford HS Buford, GA

21) Ashton Cooper Wilson DE/LB 6-3 230 lbs. Merritt Island HS Merritt Island, FL

22) Peter Wise OL 6-5 290 lbs. Brunswick School Greenwich, CT 

23) Justin Woodley LB 6-2 210 lbs. Bishop's School La Jolla, CA

24) Jack Young WR 6-2 185 lbs. Mt. Lebanon HS Pittsburgh, PA

Friday, January 6, 2017

Dumb Ivy Rules, Part 234


Grant Mullins


The University of Georgia really wanted our excellent freshman kicker Oren Milstein last year, but he turned down their scholarship offer to come to Columbia.

Now it turns out the Bulldogs will be getting a top-notch Columbia kicker after all. Graduating senior punter Cameron Nizialek will be joining UGA this coming fall as a grad student to play out his final year of NCAA eligibility. The Ivy League does not allow grad students to play varsity sports under any circumstances.

But wait, it gets worse.

Cal may have lost last night's big hoops game against rival UCLA, but the leading scorer for the Bears was none other than... recent Columbia grad Grant Mullins. Mullins, who missed almost two full seasons for Columbia with a concussion, is starting and starring for Cal because he too is not allowed to continue playing Ivy varsity sports. The only way he could have played for the Lions this year is to have dropped out of school for at least a semester. That's simply too costly for a lot of people.

This is a dumb rule, period. I'm not sure what the Ivy League is trying to protect us from by barring grad student eligibility. Are we worried that our scholar athletes will want to do TOO MUCH learning? Are we protecting the other teams from some kind of geniuses who also happen to be "ringer" athletes?

This is a rule that needs to ends now.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Got One, Lost One


Dwayne Warren


6-3 198-pound WR Dwayne Warren from New Jersey's Seton Hall Prep has committed to Columbia.

Warren was a top receiver in the Ivy talent-rich New Jersey prep league for two seasons. Warren will be the eighth documented Seton Hall grad to come to Columbia football, joining current rising sophomore Rory Schlageter and fellow incoming freshman Josh Kaminsky. 

Columbia has lost another WR commit, Jake McCurry from Solon, OH. McCurry has decided to take a preferred walk on offer at Michigan.

So here's an updated and unofficial list of incoming players including Warren and without McCurry:

1) Luke Adams RB/LB 6-2 210 lbs. Notre Dame Prep Pontiac, MI

2) Jalen Allen RB 5-11 185 lbs. Cranbrook-Kingswood HS Bloomfield Hills, MI

3) Will Allen III DB 5-9 164 lbs. American Heritage HS, Plantation, FL

4) Josh Bean QB 6-2 200 lbs. Hinsdale HS Hinsdale, IL

5) Myles Davis WR 5-10 175 lbs. Walter Payton HS Chicago, IL

6) Seth DeVary OL 6-4 275 lbs. Larue County HS Hodgenville, KY

7) Alexander Filacouris RB 6-1 200 lbs. Half Hollow Hills West HS Dix Hills, NY 

8) Graham Flinn DB/WR 6-1 180 lbs. Benedictine College Prep HS Richmond, VA

9) Tyson Hugee DB 6-0 170 lbs. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Philadelphia, PA

10) Emerson Kabus WR 5-10 170 lbs. St. Augustine HS St. Augustine, FL

11) Josh Kaminsky DL 6-4 280 lbs. Seton Hall Prep West Orange, NJ

12) Cameron Lipton-Martinez TE/DE 6-5 225 lbs. Montclair HS Montclair, NJ

13) Ben Mathiasmeier DB 5-10 190 lbs. Cinco Ranch HS Katy, Texas

14) Marquavious Moore RB 5-11 202 lbs. Harding Academy Memphis, TN

15) Carson Powell DB 6-0 190 lbs. Cardinal Newman HS Palm Beach, FL

16) Bailey Rotsky DB/WR Mayfield Heights HS Mayfield Heights, OH

17) Jonathan Rowe OL 6-3 283 lbs. Audrey Kell HS Charlotte, NC

18) Drew Schmid P 6-0 205 lbs. La Jolla Country Day La Jolla, CA  

19) Dwayne Warren WR 6-3 198 lbs. Seton Hall Prep West Orange, NJ

20) Hank White OL 6-6 250 lbs. Buford HS Buford, GA

21) Ashton Cooper Wilson DE/LB 6-3 230 lbs. Merritt Island HS Merritt Island, FL

22) Peter Wise OL 6-5 290 lbs. Brunswick School Greenwich, CT

23) Jack Young WR 6-2 185 lbs. Mt. Lebanon HS Pittsburgh, PA