Tuesday, November 24, 2015

With Praise Comes Information!

Taylor Weldon

A new piece lauding Columbia's recruiting efforts has just been published Hero Sports and it includes a brand new name to add to our unofficial list of incoming football commits.

That name is Taylor Weldon, a DE/TE who makes more sense for Columbia at the DE position.

Weldon comes from Southland Academy in Americus, Georgia maybe about 130 miles south of Atlanta. It looks like Weldon missed his senior season due to an ACL tear, but we'll see if he's healed in time for next year.

Based on my Lionfeeders recruiting database, Weldon would be the first Southland grad to come to Columbia football.

But the article in Hero Sports is really worth reading for more than the one added name. Our suspicions that getting 23 commits this early in the process was a good sign seem to have been confirmed. And the outspoken praise for Head Coach Al Bagnoli and the experience of playing Ivy Football are like cashing in dividends on a rising stock.

Here's our new list:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10) Hogan Irwin RB 5-10 180 lbs. Central Cathedral HS San Diego, CA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DOC said...

Great quote from Tanner Thomas from that article:
“There are multiple factors going into the making of the decision to go to Columbia,” Thomas told HERO Sports. “The prestigious academics, unbelievable placement of the university (in New York City), early playing time and the coaching. Having Al Bagnoli, one of the best coaches in the history of the Ivy League? I mean, that really impacts my decision as well.”'Bout sums up what our nationwide recruiting mantra should be...

Chick said...

I'm sure everyone's doing his best, coaches and players, but sometimes a little better is needed. Someone made a good point against using the shotgun close to our own goal line. Didn't a bad snap lead to a TD for Brown? And haven't we been without our first-string center all season, who would normally be snapping in the shotgun?

And why that rugby punt, which if memory serves, led to another Brown TD when it was blocked? It served no purpose there. Just kick a normal punt and make sure you get it out of your red zone.

Two avoidable mistakes, though the bad snap was a physical one, which happens. The rugby punt was a mental error and cost us the game. Great recruiting is essential, but avoiding blunders is too. Maybe Bags needs to have some deep conversations with his coordinators, assistant coaches and players.

Roar Lion said...

Congrats to our seven all-Ivy selections and especially Akinleye and Molina for making first team. Well deserved.

Chen1982 said...

This Weldon kids tape looks pretty good. Also did not realise that Matt Dame was all that. But has anyone got Intel on the calibre of the defensive backs coming in?