Wednesday, December 2, 2015

New List and Norries Now UPDATED

A little more on newly-reported commit Tyler Houston:

He would be the first Olentangy HS grad to come to Columbia football.

His HS team made it to the Ohio state quarterfinals before losing on Nov. 21st. 

Here's our new list of an incredible 24 reported incoming freshmen so far:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Help Wanted: From Norries Wilson?

Now that the Rutgers football coaching staff has gotten the ax, I guess former Columbia Head Coach Norries Wilson is looking for a new job.

I don't know if there's any long-term agreements between Wilson and Columbia, but if there aren't I'd still like to see Norries paid to sit down with Head Coach Al Bagnoli and Recruiting Coordinator John Poppe and go through the finer points of how he recruited better talent to Columbia than just about any coach that came before him over a 30 year period. His recruits, including graduating seniors Chad Washington, Toba Akinleye, and Cameron Molina, were still making incredible impact this season. Norries' successor Pete Mangurian made the mistake of throwing everything Norries and his staff in the garbage when some of what they did was very good, especially recruiting. 

What did Norries and his guys do to snag us people like Austin Knowlin, Alex Gross, Sean Brackett, Josh Martin, etc.? 

If there was any method or formula to it, our current recruiters need to know.

UPDATE: Norries Wilson is still at Rutgers as "interim head coach" until a new staff can be hired. I don't think that will take too long and it's possible a discussion between Bagnoli and Norries can happen soon if that's what's in the cards.


oldlion said...

Austin Knowlin was originally a U Conn recruit who decided to follow NW to Columbia. Sean Brackett's pastor, as I recall, was also NW's pastor when NW was at U Conn. He apparently played a positive role.

Anonymous said...

I think Norries is a fine position coach and football guy. Where he relates to players is his camaraderie yet retains his command of the room. Players want to play for coaches like that. Some coaches have an air of aloofness or "my way or the highway" personalties. When you have a coach recruiting you who speaks to the challenge and gets you excited about the possibilities it makes all the difference.

Tony Brinson said...

How about jeff adams, ma olawale, and andrew kennedy??? Contact Norries or Chris Nugai the recruiting coordinator or any of the staff.

I remain, very truly yours, Richard Szathmary said...

Some good news for tonight: after a few really, really, really (to borrow from the Spice Girls) close losses, we took down pretty good Bucknell tonight, at Bucknell, 72-61.

oldlion said...

Asia is able to identify for each of Penn's recruits the extent to which The had offers from other Ivies. Can we do the same with our list? One measurement of how we are doing is to see who we beat out for our incoming guys. In addition, I know that some of our guys are two and three star recruits. Can we provide that sort of data?

alawicius said...

In addition to LB Danny De Lorenzi, another Bergen Catholic player, TE Korab Idrizi, has been offered. He has at least 12 offers including FBS
teams Temple and Buffalo. The Lions appear to be his only Ivy offer. I don't know if he has already decided.

alawicius said...

Matt Dame and Jalen Williams are 3-star recruits, there may be others.


Chen1982 said...

Men's BB seems to be loaded with talent. Any of five guys can hit double figures on any given nite. But that killer instinct, that last 5 minute intensity to finish close games off and hit the shots down the stretch. Seems spotty. My sense is that all this talent is still figuring out how to gel as a powerful unit.

oldlion said...

See today's Spec for an update on Al's recruiting efforts.

Roar Lion said...

Chen -- you are right. I believe the current seniors are 5-15 over the course of their career in games decided by 3 points or less in regulation or that went to OT. It is a talented team with key players who did win some tight games two years ago. But they lose a lot of close ones. Twenty games seems like a large enough sample size not to be a fluke.

Chen1982 said...

Sadly, Roar Lion, a 21st data point tonite where we lost to what looks to be a formidable St Joseph team by two. They only lost to Florida and Villanova both respectably.