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

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

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

7 comments:

DOC said...

Millstein's 38 yd game winner with Championship on the line, looked like it cleared the uprights by at least 10 yds! Another blue chipper for the Blue and White !

oldlion said...

Some of these recruits look like they will be on the two deep as first years. We have needs on the OL, DL, at WR and TE, at RB and at the DB positions. And a reliable PK is welcome news. While I would like to see another big OL this is really a great looking group. And none of this would have happened without Al and his staff.

oldlion said...

Based upon an Eric Hahn tweet last night is there a 41st and an I,pact guy from South Florida?

Jake said...

No. He's talking about Milstein.

DOC said...

Rosie at the buzer !! 4-0 Lions Basketball !!

oldlion said...

Kudos to MBB for a magnificent comeback win at Harvard after being down 20.

Scott Tibbels said...

I don't want to put too much pressure on Josh, but he can handle it. Wait till you guys see how athletic and competitive and smart this young man is. I had the pleasure of coaching him in our 7-7 program the past three years at Austin Bowie. Your head coach made a great decision in coming after this young man. - S Tibbels, Austin Tx