Friday, July 03, 2015

Yale recruiting list (July 3 update)

I guess it’s time to start the annual recruiting list. Here’s a look at some of next year’s commits (pending acceptance).

Kurt Rawlings, QB, 6-3, 197, Bel Air, Maryland: Rivals ranks him as a three-star recruit. 

Sterling Strother, OL, 6-5, 270, Moraga, California: Had offers from Pac-12, SEC and Big 12 schools. VIDEO

Garrett White, WR, 6-3, 200, Huntington Beach, California: Had offers from several Ivy schools. VIDEO

Brendan MacPhee, DB, 6-1, 195, Latham, New York: Should give the Bulldogs some depth in the secondary. VIDEO

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Yale recruiting news (UPDATE 7/3)

OL Sterling Strother looks to be headed to Yale as part of the 2016 recruiting class.

The 6-5, 270-pound standout from Moraga, California, turned down offers from Pac-12, SEC and Big 12 schools. Check out Strother's highlight video.

Strother tweeted the following on June 29.

Also, Yale is showing interest in WR Jonathan Arenas, according to Arenas is a two-sport star (basketball and football) at Maine South (Illinois). Check out his highlight video. Along with Yale, Brown, Harvard and Columbia have shown interest in Arenas for football. He is coming to Yale's camp on July 10.

UPDATE: WR Garrett White (Edison High, Huntington Beach, California) and QB Kurt Rawlings (Bel Air, Maryland) has committed to play at Yale pending acceptance.

Here's a look at White, a 6-3, 200-pound WR and here's a look at Rawlings, a 6-2, 194-pound QB.

White posted this on his Twitter account.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ciotti feature and some preseason All-Americans

If you missed it, here's a feature on Yale RB coach Larry Ciotti who is stepping down after 21 seasons on the Bulldogs staff.

Ciotti will now work in a part-time role as the university's advisor to the director of athletics and head football coach.

Also, a handful of Bulldogs were named to the USA College Football FCS Preseason All-America Team.

QB Morgan Roberts, DL Copache Tyler, TE Leo Haenni, DB Foyesade Oluokun and OL Luke Longinotti were selected to the second team. DB Cole Champion and RB Candler Rich were named honorable mentions.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Lett expected to be named new Yale RB coach

Yale is expected to name Derrick Lett its new RB coach, a source confirmed. 

Lett comes from the University of Tennessee where he served as offensive quality control assistant for two seasons.

He spent four seasons as the passing game coordinator at Bowling Green High (Ohio) prior to that. Lett played WR at Bowling Green State from 2001-05. 

Lett replaces Larry Ciotti, who stepped down as Bulldogs RB coach after 21 seasons. Ciotti still remains very involved with the program. 


Monday, June 01, 2015

Former Yale WR to join Bulldogs coaching staff (UPDATE 6/7)

Former Yale WR Chandler Henley is expected to join the Yale coaching staff, according to sources.

Henley was named Holy Cross RB coach in March. Prior, he served three seasons as an assistant on the Vanderbilt staff as a graduate assistant.

Henry captained the Bulldogs in 2006 and earned All-Ivy honors.

UPDATE: Henry will be the tight ends coach at Yale. He will replace Patrick Hatch, who has accepted a position in the athletic department at Stony Brook... Also, Chris Smith (Patriots) and Charles Cook (Panthers, Bucs) have been told to be in football shape and be ready for a call, but are not currently with a team.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Yale showing interest in OLB Clifton Askew

Yale has made an offer to Lake Highland Prep OLB Clifton Askew, according to

The 6-2, 212 Askew played at Moeller (Ohio) before moving on to Lake Highland Prep (Florida). Askew had 88 tackles (15 TFL) while playing DE last season.

Check out some highlights of Askew.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Varga selected by Calgary Stampeders in CFL Draft

The Calgary Stampeders selected Tyler Varga with their first pick of the third round (19th overall) in Tuesday's CFL Draft.

Varga's agent Joe Linta said last week Varga didn't have any interest in playing in the CFL right now. Varga went undrafted in the NFL Draft, but signed a three-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts. He's in mini-camp with the Colts now.