December 20, 2017 at 8:55 pm #33279
11 signed today. Mickens WR did not. An excellent group. Only 3 D players albeit all good still too few. Rybka is a true difference maker. A real coup.
O reloaded very well .4 stud OL 2 WRs .
Allen and Beesmer both had multiplr Ivy offers.Allen was Princeton’s top pick at RB. Always nice to stick Ivies.
Andy looking to add 2 or 3 more now.
Capped interview with “and perhaps some in the fall”. Transfers ???December 20, 2017 at 10:37 pm #33280
press release says 12 signed, did Mickens sign somewhere else?December 20, 2017 at 11:06 pm #33281
My typo. No Mickens still lists himself as a commit on his twitter. ESD has 2 more days to run.
Think the recent spate of offers are likely for PWOs.December 20, 2017 at 11:53 pm #33283
just checked other PL webs, Pards, Gate, Cross, Buffs look to have signed the majority of their classes (11-16 each), Hoyas MIA on signing day as always and nothing posted on Rams web (they may be in disarray with coaching turnover)
Andy’s comment about maybe a couple in the fall very unusual, with 3 fifth year guys this year I wonder if we have some more money to spend next year?December 21, 2017 at 12:06 am #33284
Fordhams list on twitter. A load of OL and a QB headline their class. Good job by assts without a HC or likely a future at Fordham.
Casey Jones and Kelsey eligible for 5th. Q s/b back as he had to leave scool for a semester.
All 3 are full rides I think.
We wont know for sure until April on them. So I dont think fall refers to 5th yrs. PWOs are usually announced so again not a fall issue. True WOs? Heck we never know them until they pop up on roster.
Transfers? Possible but transfers at Lehigh are rarer than hen’s teeth. Could Navy game be a source for transfers? Guess so.
So without further ado, I have no idea what Andy was referring to. Could be any of them. Whatever it is I hope it is good news.December 21, 2017 at 12:10 am #33285
Rashawn Allen – RB; 5-9/215; Canton, Mich./Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep
Led St. Mary’s Prep to three consecutive Division 3 State Championships… broke school single-season rushing record with 2,131-yard campaign in 2016… named All-State by MLive and Detroit Free Press in 2016 and 2017… named All-Metro by Detroit News… All-Catholic League in 2016 and 2017… named to MLive’s list of top 50 recruits in class of 2018… also competed in track and field where he helped St. Mary’s Prep to two state titles… honor roll student… member of Honor Society, Robotic Club and Debate Team.
Alec Beesmer – QB; 6-1/190; Kingston, N.Y./Milton Academy (Mass.)
Two-time All-League (ISL)… All-NEPSAC in 2017… Massachusetts Prep Stars Super Team selection in 2017… team captain and offensive MVP as a senior… second in school history with 3,248 passing yards and 29 passing touchdowns… three-year letter winner in basketball.
Austin Dambach – WR; 6-3/190; Ellwood City, Pa./Riverside
Raymond Falcone – WR; 6-1/190; Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland
First team All-State wide receiver… two-time first team All-Conference… owns single-game receiving yardage record and ranks second in career receiving yards at Pine-Richland… won WPIAL and Pennsylvania 6A state title as a senior… highest honor roll student… also lettered in basketball and track and field… member of WPIAL championship team in basketball.
Chase Foley – LB; 6-1/215; Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic
Conference Defensive Player of the Year… Defensive Player of the Game in state championship game… two-time All-Conference selection… three-year varsity letter winner… selected to Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas… also lettered in lacrosse… owns 3.5 GPA.
Jack Fris – OL; 6-5/305; Coral Springs, Fla./American Heritage
Owns 4.9 GPA on 5.0 scale… also competed in wrestling and basketball.
Justin Gurth – OL; 6-3/280; Parsippany, N.J./Parsippany Hills
Team captain… two-time first team All-Conference… first team All-County as a senior… second team All-County as a junior… second team All-State Group 3… Team MVP and Defensive MVP as a senior… member of 2014 state championship team and 2016 conference championship and state finalist team… also competed in track and field as a thrower… All-County, All-Conference and state qualifier in the discus… National Honor Society member… honors wind ensemble… football team Scholar-Athlete award.
Michael Laurencelle – DL; 6-4/230; Troy, Mich./Brother Rice
Team captain as a senior…All-Conference as a senior… All-League performer as a junior… honor roll student… team captain and all-league performer in basketball… played one year of lacrosse… student body Vice President.
Jan Maciejewski – OL; 6-4/275; Clifton, N.J./Paramus Catholic
President’s list student… National Honor Society member… National Language Honor Society (Latin)… also played lacrosse.
Calvin Rivera – OL; 6-6/285; Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford-Mendon
All-County and All-Greater Rochester offensive lineman… National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete…New York State Scholar Athlete… National Honor Society member… Honor Roll student… National Hispanic Scholar.
Bartek Rybka – DL; 6-2/265; Old Bridge, N.J./Paramus Catholic
First team All-Big North in 2016 and 2017…two-time All-Country, first team in 2017 and second team in 2016… 2017 first team All-State… second team All-Metro… team captain and leading tackler… four-year honor list student.
Alex Snyder – TE; 6-5/235; Cumming, Ga./Lambert
Two-time North Georgia Touchdown Player of the Week… All-Region and All-County selection… also played baseball and basketball.December 21, 2017 at 12:20 am #33286
Thanks marco.An impressive haul so far. Andy certainly has restocked the O.
3 D recruits are very good . Rybka is a beast. We need more up front.
Without a better D, we will score lots of points but have a hard time breaking 500.December 21, 2017 at 12:29 am #33287
did not know that Casey was eligible for a 5th year, would be terrific if he comes back
I am worried that only one LB in this class, not so much for next year but 2019, LBs get hurt and even with 4-2 you need 3 or 4 ready to go at all times, and playing little DBs at rover gets you run overDecember 21, 2017 at 12:34 am #33288
Agree. We fed our success in this class and barely fed our D.
Since The Yankee Stdium year we have consistently failed to control the edge on D. This past season it was a fiasco. Hope to see more D recruits filling out this class.December 21, 2017 at 12:46 am #33289
Class looks very good in many ways.
Still, as Van said, only one LB. And he’s 6-1, 215, good size for a DB.
Until we start recruiting DBs 6-foot, 190 or better and linebackers (would be nice to have three and skip the rover) who can play like Mike Groome — 6-3, 225 or 230 — our D will continue to be a sieve unless we get REALLY, REALLY lucky.
DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!December 21, 2017 at 1:16 am #33290
Not real concerned with DB height. Ours are decent cover guys but our tackling is abysmal. Most of the numerous big runs vs us this year included one or more missed tackles. Get these guysvto tackle and D improves. Next dont play a DB at Rover unlessvhebis over 200 lbs. DL needs to at least stalemate the LOS to keep OL off LBs and a pass rush.
LBs , other than Walker seemed lost. Athletic and fast but need to be going in the right direction.
Oh well the rest ofvthat I can repeat during Spring camp. Now we need to finish this class. Hopefully with some more DL and LBs .December 21, 2017 at 2:36 am #33291
Just watched the Hudl videos of our OL signings….Justin Gurth looks like a sleeper….his DL work on his video is darn good. At 6’3″ and 280 he is a space eater. He might see playing time on DL faster!December 21, 2017 at 2:53 am #33292
Here is an article on Gurth’s signing
Ironically, he was HM All-State as a defensive lineman, not on offense.
Fun fact. Gena Grundhoffer’s (basketball) brother was part of the Lafayette class. We got the better looking oneDecember 21, 2017 at 3:06 am #33293
Gurth would really fit on DL. Very active . Big and athletic. He would be a fine OG. We have a bunch of those right now.
Wouldnt have minded getting Gena’s brother.December 21, 2017 at 10:04 pm #33303
#13,Deshun Mickens WR 6’3 195 Va signed today
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