Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Late Additions

Tre Gabriel

I'll admit I'm mostly excited about some of these reported late additions to our incoming freshmen roster because of the very fact that they exist. They prove the new coaching staff is not throwing in the towel on this 2015 class just because it came into the game so late.

And the window should still be open. Remember that great players like Owen Fraser, (a great DT for us before his injury), came into the Columbia fold as late as April.

I am convinced that two or three eligible players are still out there who could make a significant impact on the team. As long as the word gets out that the door is still open at Columbia, the Lions at least have a fighting chance to grab them.

Also, remember that there are more chances to take the SAT and ACT before the summer. Several players have a chance to raise their Academic Index scores and thus become eligible at the higher bands. Columbia is in the best position to find a spot for a player like that because we have the most slots available and open right now.

Here's a little more on last night's confirmed new commit Tre Gabriel.

Meanwhile, I'm still waiting on some kind of confirmation that the "hard-nosed" player Associate Head Coach Mark Fabish was tweeting about on Sunday was Tyler Schonewolf .

Here's our confirmed list of incoming freshmen as it is:

1) Brock Anglin TE 6-6, 240 lbs. Episcopal School Dallas, TX

2) Adam Armesto OL/TE 6-6, 235 lbs. Canton HS Canton, MI

3) Kyle Castner QB 6-2, 211 lbs. Ben Davis HS, Indianapolis, IN

4) Patrick Eby C 6-3, 220 lbs. Loyola Blakefield HS, Towson, MD

5) Calvin Falkenhayn LB 6-2, 230 lbs. Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL

6) Lucas Faria RB 5-10, 190 lbs. Sparta HS, Sparta, NJ

7) Treman "Tre" Gabriel SB, WR 5=7, 160 lbs. Oxbridge Academy, West Palm Beach, FL

8) Ryan Gilbert DB 6-0, 178 lbs. Bellevue HS, Bellevue, WA

9) Connor Halm DT 6-7, 270 lbs. Langley HS McClean, VA

10) Michael Hinton DE 6-4, 221 lbs. Reynolds HS Winston-Salem, NC

11) Danny Hong QB 6-4, 215 lbs. Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas, NV

12) Brandon Krcilek WR 6-2, 185 lbs. Hamilton HS Chandlerm AZ

13) Cole McDonough OL 6-2, 290 lbs. Bel Air HS Bel Air, MD

14) John Riley McLaughlin CB/WR 6-1, 192 lbs. Alcoa HS Alcoa, TN/Phillips Andover Academy Andover, MA

15) Luke Melsop DE 6-5, 220 lbs. St, Francis de Sales HS Newark, OH

16) H.T. Minor RB 5-9, 175 lbs. Woodberry Forest HS Woodberry Forest, VA

17) Ryan Suitt QB 6-1, 175 lbs. All Saints Episcopal HS Fort Worth, TX

18) Peter Szymanski OL 6-6, 275 lbs. Maine South HS Park Ridge, IL

19) Jason Vravick LB 6-2, 225 lbs. Stevenson HS Lincolnshire, IL

20) Sean "Jimmy" White DB 6-3, 220 lbs. Friendswood HS, Friendswood, TX

Job Changes

Spring practice finally begins tomorrow and there are a lot of reports of position changes for a number of players. Much of the tweaking I'm expecting is in the linebacker corps, but much more could be on the way. In any event, the usual 3-4 position shifts we see each spring could be more like 9-10 this time around. So be ready to adjust your scorecards.

What I think we're going to start to see during the spring scrimmages are some signs of an offense that uses rollouts, options, and just a lot more movement out of the QB position. I know that mean fans will be focusing even more on the QB position, but remember that an offense like that really relies much more on the pulling guards and tight ends. So position changes in some of those positions will be telling.

Bios Available

Extensive bios of the new coaching staff are now up on the official GoColumbiaLions.com website. There's lots of good reading there.


DOC said...

Very impressive Bios on this coaching staff. Was also amazed by how many coaches either played for and/or coached with CAB in the past!
Tells you how well he was/is regarded by the fact that a lot of this staff signed on late in the process, possibly quitting other jobs for the opportunity to come here.

Columbia_Fan said...

Can't wait to see starting lineup in September. Expecting several changes.
QB pick will be critical. Know of one DB/return man not getting much PT that has better hands than most of the WRs.
If new speed coach can get the cinder blocks off of some of the OL men's feet, all will be well with CU football for 2015.