Friday, December 15, 2017

Canadian Clubber



6-5 241-pound DE Xavier Thibault has committed to the Lions.

Thibault is from Quebec City, Canada, but has been at the Williston Northampton School where he made the All-NEPSAC 1st team.

Before WNS, he played at his hometown Seminaire Saint Francois School.

According to my Lion Feeders database, Thibault will be only the third Williston Northampton grad to come to Columbia Football and the first since Peter Downs '73.

He is the first Seminaire Saint Francois grad to come to CU Football.


That brings our list on reported commits for 2018 to 20:

1) Inho Choi DB 6-1 175 lbs. Holy Names HS Windsor, Ontario/Deerfield Academy 

2) Cam Dillon LB 6-2 219 lbs. Findlay HS Findlay, OH

3) Michael Fluegel RB/CB 6-1 180 lbs. Clarkston HS Clarkston, MI

4) John Foreback QB 6-1 215 lbs. Morristown-Hamblen West HS Morristown, TN

5) Devin Hart LB 6-1 212 lbs. McEachem HS Powder Springs, GA 

6) Dante Landolfi LB 6-2 220 lbs. Upper Arlington HS Columbus, OH

7) Parket Lefton LS 6-1 240 lbs. King's Ridge Christian HS Alpharetta, GA

8) Ty Lenhart QB 6-3 203 lbs. DeMatha HS, Hyattsville, MD

9) Fara'Ad McCombs DB 6-0 178 lbs. St. Joseph's HS Montvale, NJ

10) Drake Morey DL 6-5 250 lbs. Ashland HS Ashland, OR

11) Jake Motz OL 6-5 293 lbs. Pope John Paul II HS Hendersonville, TN

12) Chris Park WR 5-11 175 lbs. Junipero Serra HS San Mateo, CA

13) Keaton Prevette LS 6-0, 225 lbs. Charlotte Country Day Charlotte, NC


14) Brandon Radice TE 6-4, 205 lbs. Ridge HS Basking Ridge, NJ

15) Mikey Roussos WR 6-1 180 lbs. River Ridge HS New Port Richey, FL 

16) Justin Smythe-Macaulay LB 6-3 193 lbs. Bowie HS, Austin, TX

17) Mitchell Sturgill DB 6-1, 185 lbs Bellevue HS Bellevue, WA

18) Watson Tansil LB 6-3, 215 lbs. Franklin Road Academy Nashville, TN

19) Xavier Thibault DE 6-5 241 lbs. Williston Northampton School Easthampton, MA 

20) Ryan Young RB 5-10 200 lbs. Wheaton Warrenville South HS Wheaton, IL 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Another Buckeye 'backer




6-2, 219 pound LB Cam Dillon from Findlay HS in Findlay, OH has committed to the Lions.

Dillon will be the first Findlay grad to come to Columbia Football. 

Dillon had 45 total tackles, including team highs in tackles for loss (11.5) and sacks (5) this season. 

Dillon had offers from Brown, Youngstown State, Air Force, VMI, Colgate, and Indiana State.

That brings our list on reported commits for 2018 to 19:

1) Inho Choi DB 6-1 175 lbs. Holy Names HS Windsor, Ontario/Deerfield Academy 

2) Cam Dillon LB 6-2 219 lbs. Findlay HS Findlay, OH

3) Michael Fluegel RB/CB 6-1 180 lbs. Clarkston HS Clarkston, MI

4) John Foreback QB 6-1 215 lbs. Morristown-Hamblen West HS Morristown, TN

5) Devin Hart LB 6-1 212 lbs. McEachem HS Powder Springs, GA 

6) Dante Landolfi LB 6-2 220 lbs. Upper Arlington HS Columbus, OH

7) Parket Lefton LS 6-1 240 lbs. King's Ridge Christian HS Alpharetta, GA

8) Ty Lenhart QB 6-3 203 lbs. DeMatha HS, Hyattsville, MD

9) Fara'Ad McCombs DB 6-0 178 lbs. St. Joseph's HS Montvale, NJ

10) Drake Morey DL 6-5 250 lbs. Ashland HS Ashland, OR

11) Jake Motz OL 6-5 293 lbs. Pope John Paul II HS Hendersonville, TN

12) Chris Park WR 5-11 175 lbs. Junipero Serra HS San Mateo, CA

13) Keaton Prevette LS 6-0, 225 lbs. Charlotte Country Day Charlotte, NC


14) Brandon Radice TE 6-4, 205 lbs. Ridge HS Basking Ridge, NJ

15) Mikey Roussos WR 6-1 180 lbs. River Ridge HS New Port Richey, FL 

16) Justin Smythe-Macaulay LB 6-3 193 lbs. Bowie HS, Austin, TX

17) Mitchell Sturgill DB 6-1, 185 lbs Bellevue HS Bellevue, WA

18) Watson Tansil LB 6-3, 215 lbs. Franklin Road Academy Nashville, TN

19) Ryan Young RB 5-10 200 lbs. Wheaton Warrenville South HS Wheaton, IL 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top 10 Moments (Final Chapter)



There were so many great moments this season for the Columbia Football program, but it's really not hard to single out the #1 moment if you really think about it.

It was a moment that wrapped up several different highlights in one. It capped an impressive comeback from two scores down in the 4th quarter. It took place in front of a huge crowd at Homecoming. It was a score that provided a walk off win. The moment combined the best efforts of the two most valuable players of the 2017 season. And it provided a victory over a team the Lions hadn't defeated in more than 20 years, sending thousands of fans storming onto the field.

Yes, the top moment of 2017 was the 24-yard Anders Hill to Josh Wainwright pass in OT for the TD that beat Penn 34-31.


Honorable Mentions


-Connor Heeb's crucial block of a 42-yard FG attempt by Wagner's James Cooper with the score tied at 14 and 1:35 left in the game.

-Landon Baty's "rip and rob" of Princeton wildcat QB Kevin Davidson for a fumble recovery at the Columbia 1 with the Lions leading 21-17 and 5:32 left in the game.

-Josh Wainwright's TD catch against Brown that broke the CU single season receiving yards record.

-Justin Woodley's two 4th quarter INT's lead to two TD's in the Penn game.

-Hill to Wainwright for a 59-yard TD to tie the Penn game at 21.

-Chris Schroer's 40 yard spin out of a tackle run against Cornell to set up a 4th quarter TD.

-Tanner Thomas' sideways sprint for an 11-yard game-tying TD against Princeton.

-Michael Murphy's tackle of Penn WR Justin Watson for a seven yard loss on the first play of OT

Monday, December 11, 2017

More New Lions UPDATED





6-0 178 pound WR/DB Fara'Ad McCombs from St. Joseph's HS in Montvale, NJ is coming to Columbia. McCombs is apparently coming to the Lions as a DB. He would be the fifth St. Joseph's grad to come to Columbia Football and the first since LB Mark Cieslak '16.


Parker Lefton


6-1, 240 pound Long Snapper Parker Lefton From King's Ridge Christian HS in Alpharetta, Georgia has committed to the Lions.

Lefton will be the first King's Ridge grad to come to Columbia Football. 



6-2, 220 pound LB Dante Landolfi from Upper Arlington HS in Columbus, Ohio has also committed to the Lions today. Landolfi was recently named to the Ohio All State 3rd team, which is nothing to sneeze at for Ohio.

According to my Lionfeeders database, Landolfi will be only the second Upper Arlington grad to come to Columbia Football and the first since Mark McClain '14.

In an added interesting note, Landolfi got a perfect 36 score on the ACT.

That brings our list on reported commits for 2018 to 18, but the announcements are coming fast and furious now:

1) Inho Choi DB 6-1 175 lbs. Holy Names HS Windsor, Ontario/Deerfield Academy

2) Michael Fluegel RB/CB 6-1 180 lbs. Clarkston HS Clarkston, MI

3) John Foreback QB 6-1 215 lbs. Morristown-Hamblen West HS Morristown, TN

4) Devin Hart LB 6-1 212 lbs. McEachem HS Powder Springs, GA 

5) Dante Landolfi LB 6-2 220 lbs. Upper Arlington HS Columbus, OH

6) Parket Lefton LS 6-1 240 lbs. King's Ridge Christian HS Alpharetta, GA

7) Ty Lenhart QB 6-3 203 lbs. DeMatha HS, Hyattsville, MD

8) Fara'Ad McCombs DB 6-0 178 lbs. St. Joseph's HS Montvale, NJ

9) Drake Morey DL 6-5 250 lbs. Ashland HS Ashland, OR

10) Jake Motz OL 6-5 293 lbs. Pope John Paul II HS Hendersonville, TN

11) Chris Park WR 5-11 175 lbs. Junipero Serra HS San Mateo, CA

12) Keaton Prevette LS 6-0, 225 lbs. Charlotte Country Day Charlotte, NC


13) Brandon Radice TE 6-4, 205 lbs. Ridge HS Basking Ridge, NJ

14) Mikey Roussos WR 6-1 180 lbs. River Ridge HS New Port Richey, FL 

15) Justin Smythe-Macaulay LB 6-3 193 lbs. Bowie HS, Austin, TX

16) Mitchell Sturgill DB 6-1, 185 lbs Bellevue HS Bellevue, WA

17) Watson Tansil LB 6-3, 215 lbs. Franklin Road Academy Nashville, TN

18) Ryan Young RB 5-10 200 lbs. Wheaton Warrenville South HS Wheaton, IL 

Top 10 Moments (part three)

Let's continue to make the magical 2017 football season last as long as possible.

Here's part three of my countdown of the top 10 plays of the year:


4) The Flea Flicker 


With 14:40 left in the 4th quarter of the Homecoming game against Penn, Columbia was struggling with a 21-7 deficit. But the offense was now set up at the Quaker 39 after freshman LB Justin Woodley's interception. Penn had turned the ball over before in the game, but the Lion offense hadn't been able to do much. Things changed on this 1st down play where Columbia used a double flea flicker from QB Anders Hill to WR Josh Wainwright, to WR Kyle Castner back to Hill who then passed it to an open Wainwright who made some nifty moves for a 20 yard gain. 

The play kick started the CU offense in a dramatic way and signaled to everyone that the Lions were out to win the game. 


3) The Sack


Columbia's most crucial defensive play of 2017 was also its most controversial. After taking a 22-7 lead against Dartmouth into the 4th quarter, the Lions started to falter on both sides of the ball. The Big Green cut the score to 22-17, and with less than a minute to go launched another drive that went as far as the CU seven yard line. But on a play that began with 17 seconds to go, senior DL Mike Hinton sacked Dartmouth QB Jack Heneghan at the 17 yard line. Heneghan hurried his toss to the refs to set up the next play, but they bobbled the ball and time ran out. 


2) Smith Goes all the Way

Columbia's wins over Wagner and Georgetown to start the year at 2-0 were great. But the team didn't make a case for being "for real" until the Lions stunned the Tigers at Princeton Stadium. Facing a 3rd and 11 at their own 37 with under two minutes to go, QB Anders Hill stood strong in the face of an all-out blitz and found WR Ronald Smith sprinting to the ball in the middle of the field. The blitz meant Smith really needed to beat only one man to score and he did. 

This crucial and almost hear-stopping score comes close to being the #1 moment of the season, but there's no shame in being the runner up in a year like this. 

What could possibly be bigger than Smith's game-winning TD? 

I'll have the #1 moment coming up along with a few honorable mentions.