Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sad News

Tyler Hilinski

Sometimes it's easy to forget that college football players are very young adults with a unique set of challenges.

We learned that the hard way last night with the news that Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski, younger brother of former Columbia QB Kelly Hilinski, took his own life.

Our condolences go out to Kelly and his entire family.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Florida DL


Evan Loesel stretches out to make a play


The Florida defensive lineman the coaches were tweeting about over the weekend is 6-3 252 pound Evan Loesel from Cardinal Gibbons HS in Fort Lauderdale.

Loesel will be the third Cardinal Gibbons grad to come to Columbia Football, and the first since Chris Rapka '14. 

That brings our list on reported commits for 2018 to 31:

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) John Harris RB/DE 6-2 205 lbs. Bishop Diego HS Santa Barbara, CA

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

7) Jackson Heath TE 6-5 220 lbs. Blue Valley Northwest HS Overland Park, KS

8) Sam Hill OL/DL 6-5 245 lbs. Chittenango HS Chittenango, NY

9) Marquis Hubbard S/LB 5-11 190 lbs. Kinkaid HS Houston, TX

10) Trajen Johnson WR 6-2 185 lbs. Pulaski Academy Little Rock, AR 

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

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

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

14) Evan Loesel DL 6-3 252 lbs. Cardinal Gibbons HS Fort Lauderdale, FL
15) Fara'Ad McCombs DB 6-0 178 lbs. St. Joseph's HS Montvale, NJ

16) Dante Miller RB 5-11 185 lbs. Richmond HS Rockingham, HS 

17) Zach Minch OL/DL 6-4 280 lbs. Manchester Central HS Manchester, NH and Loomis Chaffee School (PG Year)

18) Mozes Mooney WR 6-1 175 lbs. Bishop's School La Jolla, CA

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

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

21) Stewart Newblatt OL/DL 6-4 255 lbs. Clarkston HS Clarkston, MI 

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

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


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

25) Ryan Rhoden DB 6-2 170 lbs. St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

27) Joshua Smythe-Macaulay LB 6-3 193 lbs. Bowie HS, Austin, TX

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

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

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

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

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Santa Barbara MVP

It's going to be hard to keep up with all the expected commitments in the coming days, but here's a new name that just popped up on the radar.

6-2 205 pound RB/DE John Harris of Bishop Diego HS in Santa Barbara, CA has committed to the Lions.

Harris racked up massive yardage this season en route to a championship season for Bishop Diego. He was also named his league's offensive MVP.

Harris will be the first Bishop Diego grad to come to Columbia Football.

That brings our list on reported commits for 2018 to 30:

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) John Harris RB/DE 6-2 205 lbs. Bishop Diego HS Santa Barbara, CA

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

7) Jackson Heath TE 6-5 220 lbs. Blue Valley Northwest HS Overland Park, KS

8) Sam Hill OL/DL 6-5 245 lbs. Chittenango HS Chittenango, NY

9) Marquis Hubbard S/LB 5-11 190 lbs. Kinkaid HS Houston, TX

10) Trajen Johnson WR 6-2 185 lbs. Pulaski Academy Little Rock, AR 

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

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

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

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

15) Dante Miller RB 5-11 185 lbs. Richmond HS Rockingham, HS 

16) Zach Minch OL/DL 6-4 280 lbs. Manchester Central HS Manchester, NH and Loomis Chaffee School (PG Year)

17) Mozes Mooney WR 6-1 175 lbs. Bishop's School La Jolla, CA

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

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

20) Stewart Newblatt OL/DL 6-4 255 lbs. Clarkston HS Clarkston, MI 

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

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


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

24) Ryan Rhoden DB 6-2 170 lbs. St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

26) Joshua Smythe-Macaulay LB 6-3 193 lbs. Bowie HS, Austin, TX

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

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

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

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

Upstate OL

I've finally been able to identify the "upstate NY OL" Assistant Coach John Poppe tweeted about a few weeks ago.

He's 6-5 245 pound Sam Hill from Chittenango HS in the Syracuse, NY area.

Hill will be the first Chittenango graduate to come to Columbia Football.

That brings our list on reported commits for 2018 to 29:

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) Jackson Heath TE 6-5 220 lbs. Blue Valley Northwest HS Overland Park, KS

7) Sam Hill OL/DL 6-5 245 lbs. Chittenango HS Chittenango, NY

8) Marquis Hubbard S/LB 5-11 190 lbs. Kinkaid HS Houston, TX

9) Trajen Johnson WR 6-2 185 lbs. Pulaski Academy Little Rock, AR 

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

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

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

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

14) Dante Miller RB 5-11 185 lbs. Richmond HS Rockingham, HS 

15) Zach Minch OL/DL 6-4 280 lbs. Manchester Central HS Manchester, NH and Loomis Chaffee School (PG Year)

16) Mozes Mooney WR 6-1 175 lbs. Bishop's School La Jolla, CA

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

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

19) Stewart Newblatt OL/DL 6-4 255 lbs. Clarkston HS Clarkston, MI 

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

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


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

23) Ryan Rhoden DB 6-2 170 lbs. St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

25) Joshua Smythe-Macaulay LB 6-3 193 lbs. Bowie HS, Austin, TX

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

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

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

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

Friday, January 12, 2018

Big Deal Dante




5-11 185 pound RB Dante Miller from Richmond High School in Rockingham, NC has decommitted from FCS powerhouse James Madison University and is coming to Columbia.

Miller will be the first Richmond HS grad to come to Columbia Football.

That brings our list on reported commits for 2018 to 28:

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) Jackson Heath TE 6-5 220 lbs. Blue Valley Northwest HS Overland Park, KS

7) Marquis Hubbard S/LB 5-11 190 lbs. Kinkaid HS Houston, TX

8) Trajen Johnson WR 6-2 185 lbs. Pulaski Academy Little Rock, AR 

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

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

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

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

13) Dante Miller RB 5-11 185 lbs. Richmond HS Rockingham, HS 

14) Zach Minch OL/DL 6-4 280 lbs. Manchester Central HS Manchester, NH and Loomis Chaffee School (PG Year)

15) Mozes Mooney WR 6-1 175 lbs. Bishop's School La Jolla, CA

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

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

18) Stewart Newblatt OL/DL 6-4 255 lbs. Clarkston HS Clarkston, MI 

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

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


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

22) Ryan Rhoden DB 6-2 170 lbs. St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

24) Joshua Smythe-Macaulay LB 6-3 193 lbs. Bowie HS, Austin, TX

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

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

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

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