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Tom Gilmore Talks About The Incoming Recruiting Class

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Tom Gilmore Talks About The Incoming Recruiting Class

Late last week I caught up with Lehigh head football coach Tom Gilmore to ask him some questions about the incoming class and the recruiting season in general.  Here’s what he told me.

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Tom Gilmore Talks About The Incoming Recruiting Class

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Tom Gilmore Talks About The Incoming Recruiting Class

Late last week I caught up with Lehigh head football coach Tom Gilmore to ask him some questions about the incoming class and the recruiting season in general.  Here’s what he told me.

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With Early Signing Period Approaching, What Does Each Patriot League Football Program Need?

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With Early Signing Period Approaching, What Does Each Patriot League Football Program Need?

You may not be aware that this year the NCAA has not one, but two, signing day periods this year.Coined "Show Your Cards Day" by Arizona director of personnel Matt Dudek, Sports Illustrated calls it this "because programs and recruits no…

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With Early Signing Period Approaching, What Does Each Patriot League Football Program Need?

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With Early Signing Period Approaching, What Does Each Patriot League Football Program Need?

You may not be aware that this year the NCAA has not one, but two, signing day periods this year.Coined "Show Your Cards Day" by Arizona director of personnel Matt Dudek, Sports Illustrated calls it this "because programs and recruits no…

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The 2017 Patsy Ratings: No. 1, Holy Cross

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The 2017 Patsy Ratings: No. 1, Holy Cross

The pie-eating contests were what I loved the best about the Worcester Patsy Parties.

Maybe it was the Purple People Eater moniker, the fact that they coincided with a particularly busy party weekend, it wasn’t abundantly clear, but they always made for a great shindig.

I remembered the undergrads, lined up, eating the blueberry pies one after another.  It never ended well, but for some reason all the unsuspecting young people, waiting for the starting gun to go off, made me smile, as if they didn’t know what they were really getting into.

It wasn’t just about the pies: there was all sorts of great food and drink there: the blueberry crush cocktails, of which I had too many on multiple occasions, stood out.

Today, however, the only crush experienced in the offices were the ones of Holy Cross’ Patsy Rating spreadsheets hitting me in the head.

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Seven Positive Thoughts About All the Patriot League Recruiting Classes

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Seven Positive Thoughts About All the Patriot League Recruiting Classes

It’s recruiting season.  Every incoming recruit is a Patriot League all-star, everyone is a first team all-American, everyone is undefeated.  It’s all good times, a chance for kids to be admitted to some of the best Universities in the world.  In that, it’s a win for everyone.

While we wait for each of the remaining recruits to be announced as a part of their recruiting classes, I thought I’d comb through all of the incoming classes of the Patriot League and tell you what sticks out to me.

This summart isn’t a ratings-based system, than folks like 247Sports have in terms of measuring the number of “starred recruits” (they list Holy Cross as the “winner”), or even a hybrid-based system, like LFN’s yearly Patsy Ratings (last seasons “winner”: Lehigh) or HERO Sports’ list of the top overall FCS recruits (which lists Lafayette as the “winner”).  It’s just one guy, looking at the recruit lists, and giving his opinion.

Let’s start.
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Lehigh’s 2017 Recruitment Class Big on Championships and Big on Versatility

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Lehigh’s 2017 Recruitment Class Big on Championships and Big on Versatility

(Photo Credit: Dan Gleiter/PennLive)

Head coach Andy Coen came into the conference room at Taylor Gym with a broad smile on his face – the type of face that comes from winning a Patriot League Championship last year, of course, but also the type of face that comes from a man quite happy with his incoming recruiting class.

The fifteen names in the incoming class, “with four extra guys to announce later [on]”, Coen said, seemed to fill Lehigh’s needs, the fifth consecutive year that Lehigh has been recruiting with the same type of  scholarships as the rest of FCS.

“We had to shore up some depth, we really had to get a little bit of everything,” he said.  “We graduated a lot of guys in the secondary, so it was important to get a good group there this year, and I think we did that.”

Four defensive backs were announced today as being a part of the incoming class, DB Divine Buckrham, DB Tre Cundiff, DB Tre Neal, and DB Jaylen Floyd.

“The four defensive backs are not only capable of being corners but can also play safety or potentially grow into our rover position,” Coen explained in Lehigh’s official release. “That’s always good when you have kids who start out with the ability to be very versatile in our defense.”

In fact, the theme for this entire incoming class could be one of versatility – versatile defensive backs, a versatile running back in RB Evan Chadbourn (a “triple threat type of guy”, according to Andy), and even a versatile quarterback in QB Addison Shoup (who is listed as a pro-style quarterback but showed some running ability in his the highlight reel that Lehigh Athletics showed of all the recruits announced today).

“Addison is a very active quarterback,” Coen said. “He has a strong arm and does a lot of different things with his feet. He’s a little different from QB Nick Shafnisky as he’s more of a pure passer than Nick but he’s capable of beating defenses by throwing the ball and running with it.”

It felt like the guys Andy announced today on offense and defense could be used in a variety of different roles, and that’s just how he wanted it.

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Recruit Q+A With DB Dre Blue-Eli

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Recruit Q+A With DB Dre Blue-Eli

In the run-up to signing day, I caught up with a few of the new recruits to ask them about their recruiting stories and their high school football career.

Today our subject is DB Dre Blue-Eli, who competed at Paulsboro High School in Paulsboro, New Jersey.

Paulsboro HS is considered the “home of Champions”, largely to their football championship history.  The Red Raiders have won 18 sectional championships in their history, including a 29-26 win over Salem last season.

Playing at both wide receiver and defensive back, Blue-Eli had a critical fourth down stop on defense in that championship game deep in their territory.

The momentum from his stop led to a 67 yard touchdown run on the very next play, giving Paulsboro a lead they would never relinquish.

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Recruit Q+A With DB Divine Buckrham

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Recruit Q+A With DB Divine Buckrham

In the run-up to signing day, I caught up with a few of the new recruits to ask them about their recruiting stories and their high school football career.

Today our subject is DB Divine Buckrham, who competed at The Kiski School, which is based just outside of Pittsburgh, PA.

The Kiski School is an all boys, small, private school with an enrollment of 210 students.

Despite its small size, it has a long, storied history of football, too.

“From the early 1950’s to the present, it is well documented that Kiski has fielded teams deep in football lore and history,” Kiski’s team website says. “Many of the country’s greatest football players of the time started their careers at Kiski.”

Situated not far from State College, PA, Kiski graduates include QB Darryl Clark and RB Curtis Enis, two names which should be well known to Nittany Lions fans.

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The 2017 Pre-Signing Day Big Board for Lehigh

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The 2017 Pre-Signing Day Big Board for Lehigh

With a little over a week to signing day, the incoming football class of 2021 is in real focus.

I’m always hesitant to jump the gun on verbals to Lehigh.  I’ve been around this long enough to realize that commitments can change.

But I’ve also found that when you get this close to signing day, you’ve got a fairly good picture as to what the class looks like.

All verbals are considered “verbals” and are very much unofficial until signing day, but many student-athletes have tweeted their commitments and their tweets are included below.

So a week before signing day, here’s some information as to what we know here at LFN about the incoming class.

(A huge thank-you to Rich Heelan and Todd Cuddington, who have done a great job as they always do tracking recruits.  Their constantly-updated spreadsheet is here.)
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