Thursday, February 4, 2016

War is Coming... and We Should Win

One of the reasons why Princeton doesn't win in football more consistently is its 25-year-old ban on transfers.

The above sentence is one I believe strongly, but is still the topic of great debate among Ivy fans.

Princeton is about to end the argument by reversing that ban. 

The rest of the Ivies need to prepare. I suspect the result will be a much more serious and involved 8-school transfer war.

That's a war that a school perched in NYC has a great chance to win with the access to the jobs upperclassmen transfers are much more concerned about getting. By that I mean, most athletes who transfer to Ivies come from bigger athletic programs where academics and future non-sports careers take a back seat. When you switch to an Ivy, it's most likely because you've started to realize the next 40 years of your life are a lot more important than the next four.

Columbia can and should win the transfer wars about to erupt in the Ancient Eight.

Man your battle stations.

More Signing Day Pics

Hunter Petlansky

Michael Geraghty

Alex Gibson, far left and Lamine Nouck-A-Nwal, second from left

Christian Everett, second from right

Danny De Lorenzi, back row third from left

John Fischer

Tyler Houston, second from right

Hunter Lunsford, third from right

Oren Milstein

Michael Murphy strikes a pose

Kaleb Pitts

Alex Robin

Drew Schoeberl

Joe Scowden

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

It's Signing Day

The Ivy League does not make its incoming athletes sign letters of intent. But many high schools like to take advantage of National Signing Day to get positive publicity for their outstanding athletes and students and the schools themselves.

So there will be a number of stories and pictures out today of incoming Columbia football commits "signing" things.

Parker Coogan

Van Neils (right) from Mankato West HS in Minnesota "signs"

Max Mulaney "Signs" 

Ben Hill

Ian Vandenberg

Matt Dame 

Interesting quote from Dame on local ESPN radio today: "Football ends at some point and I wanted to get a degree."

Ben McKeighan (front left)

Josh Wainwright

Also, I couldn't help but notice that a lot of the commits have a big picture of Head Coach Al Bagnoli decked out like a rapper with the caption: "In Swagnoli We Trust."

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bagnoli's Reach

Tight Ends Coach Joe D'Orazio is leaving Columbia for a new job with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he will be the assistant wide receivers coach. He'll be missed, but as a Philly native we can't expect Joe not to take this opportunity. 

But there are some positives for Columbia coming from this development, as the Bagnoli staff connection to the NFL grows and recruits see that this program has a nice reach beyond just Ivy League football. 

Good luck Joe!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Fabulous at 40!

I think it's safe to say this has been a pretty good week for Columbia football recruiting.

Two more excellent recruits have committed to Columbia.

Let's start with a position a lot of fans have been wondering about for months: kicker.

Oren Milstein

Check out 5-9 165 pound Oren Milstein from American Heritage HS in Plantation, FL. Yes, that's the same school that has won two Florida state titles in the last three years. Milstein made the All State team in a state where the high school football is super high quality.

In the 2014 playoffs, Milstein was 6-6 on FG's with a 48-yarder and a game winning 38-yarder as time expired in the state semifinals.  (Postgame interview here)

Just yesterday, the leading Georgia Bulldogs fan site singled out Milstein as someone who they wanted to fill the serious kicking need in Athens.

And here's what the famous Chris Sailer kicking camp program had to say about Oren, who had offers from Georgia and Northwestern:

"Oren is an outstanding kicker. He has a big leg and shows great range. Field goals are excellent. Kickoffs are also near the top of his class. He is showing great improvement from camp to camp. He has a great attitude and work ethic. Like his college future. He should continue to impress college coaches this summer and earn more offers. Will make a fine addition to a college program. Great prospect."

Oren will be the first American Heritage grad to come to Columbia football.

Josh Wainwright

Next is Texas 6A All State Honorable Mention Josh Wainwright. The 5-11 170 pound WR has flipped his commitment to Northern Arizona to come to Columbia from Bowie HS in Austin, TX. He also had an offer from Lafayette. The way he looks on his highlight reel kind of reminds me of Austin Knowlin '10. 

Here's an interview with Wainwright from just before this past season.

Wainwright will be the first Bowie grad to come to Columbia football.

Here's our unofficial list of commits now at 40!:

1) Kyle Baskin WR/DB 6-4 210 lbs. Quakertown HS Quakertown, PA

2) Christian Boujaoude WR 5-11 165 lbs. Monmouth Regional HS Eatontown, NJ

3) Parker Coogan OL/DT 6-2 270 lbs. Kingwood HS Houston, TX

4) Matt Dame QB 6-2 185 lbs. Suncoast HS Riviera Beach, FL

5) Chris Everett WR 6-2 200 lbs. Whitney Young HS Chicago, IL

6) Danny De Lorenzi LB 6-3 230 lbs. Bergen Catholic HS, Oradell, NJ 

7) John Fischer OL 6-3 290 lbs. Sacred Heart-Griffin HS Springfield, IL

8) Michael Geraghty DE 6-3 242 Bishop Gorman HS Las Vegas, NV

9) Alex Gibson RB 5-10 195 lbs. Central Bucks High School East Doylestown, PA

10) LinDon Harris DE 6-2 215 lbs. Sidwell Friends Washington, DC

11) Ben Hill TE/DE 6-3 230 lbs. Christian Brothers HS Memphis, TN

12) Tyler Houston DE/TE 6-3 245 lbs. Olentangy HS Lewis Center, OH

13) Hunter Lunsford DB 6-1 195 lbs. Consumnes Oaks HS Sacramento, CA

14) Ben McKeighan WR/DB 6-0 187 lbs. Scottsdale Prep/Cheshire Academy (PG year) Scottsdale, AZ

15) Levi McQuinn LB 6-0 205 lbs. Fort Myers HS Fort Myers, FL

16) Oren Milstein K 5-9 165 lbs. American Heritage HS Plantation, FL

17) Max Mullaney LB 6-2 225 lbs. Colts Neck HS Colts Neck, NJ

18) Michael Murphy LB 5-11 194 lbs. Plant HS Tampa, FL

19) Van Neils RB 6-0 210 lbs. Mankato East HS Mankato, MN

20) Lamine Nouck-A-Nwal DE/OL  6-4 250 lbs. Central Bucks High School East Doylestown, PA

21) Zach O'Neill DE/OL 6-2 225 lbs. Monsignor Farrell HS Staten Island, NY

22) Will Ontiveros WR/DB 6-2 175 lbs. Assumption HS Davenport, IA

23) Hunter Petlansky QB 6-2 225 lbs. Modesto Central Catholic HS Modesto, CA 

24) Kaleb Pitts WR 6-3 175 lbs. Hamilton HS, Chandler, AZ

25) Alex Robin DT 6-0 260 lbs. Vestavia Hills HS Vestavia Hills, AL 

26) Lynnard Rose RB/DB 6-0 180 lbs. Second Baptist HS Houston, TX

27) Arman Samouk DT 6-2 270 lbs. Copley HS Copley, OH

28) Rory Schlageter TE 6-3 225 lbs. Seton Hall Prep West Orange, NJ

29) Drew Schoeberl DE/TE 6-5 250 lbs. Columbus North HS Columbus, IN

30) Joseph Scowden OL 6-4 290 lbs. Montgomery Bell HS Nashville, TN

31) Ronald Smith 6-3 190 lbs. DB/WR John Burroughs HS St. Louis, MO

32) Tanner Thomas RB 5-10 183 lbs. Farragut HS Knoxville, TN 

33) Matt Tofano LB 6-2 217 lbs. Archibishop Mitty HS San Jose, CA

34) Ian Vandenberg WR/RB 6-2 198 lbs. Paw Paw HS Kalamazoo, MI

35) Josh Wainwright WR 5-11 170 lbs. Bowie HS Austin, TX

36) Jonathon Webster DB  6-0 180 lbs. Eastside Catholic HS Sammamish, WA

37) Taylor Weldon DE/TE 6-2 240 lbs. Soutland Academy Americus, GA

38) Isaac Werkman OL 6-6 265 lbs. Lewis & Clark HS Spokane, WA

39) Jared West LB 5-11 205 lbs. Bishop McNamara HS Kankakee, IL

40) Jalen Williams LB 6-0 215 lbs. Hewitt-Trussville HS Trussville, AL