Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Some good news

Yes, there is other Yale related news that does not involve updates on who may be coaching the 2009 Bulldogs.

The Shreveport Times reported that Louisiana's Gatorade Player of the Year Dez Duron has committed to Yale. Duron is a 5-11, 165-pound quarterback who threw for 4,216 yards and a state record 57 touchdown passes as a senior at Evangel Christian. The record he broke was that of another Evangel Christian QB named Brock Berlin who attended Florida for a season before transferring to Miami. More recently, Berlin has been a reserve quarterback with the St. Louis Rams. Berlin got into the game against Chicago on Nov. 23 and completed one of three passes for 6 yards.

Obviously with the coaching situation still up in the air, recruiting news has been a bit slow. Before Jack Siedlecki relinquished his duties to take an assistant athletic director's position at the university, it was confirmed that John Runk, a receiver out of Cincinnati's Anderson High, Buckingham Brown & Nichols kicker Phillipe Panico, who set a Massachusetts record with a 58-yard field goal in October, Greenwich linebacker Will McHale and Hopkins quarterback John Powers have received their likely letters from Yale meaning their applications have been approved by the Yale admissions department.

According to a report in the Miami Herald, Ryan Becker - the quarterback for the St. Thomas Aquinas team which finished undefeated and No. 1 in three national high school polls is considering Princeton, Harvard and Yale. Becker had a 29-1 record as a starting quarterback at the Ft. Lauderdale school, leading his team to consecutive 5A titles. As a senior Becker completed 124 of 161 passes for 2027 yards with 30 touchdowns passes and five interceptions. I also noticed that Yale was mentioned as a possible destination for a pair of linemen who recently played in the Maryland Crab Bowl All-Star game. Micah Colston, a 6-foot-3, 300 pounder from Parkside High in Salisbury, Md., is linked to Maryland and Yale while 6-5, 275 pound Justin Hymes out of Allegany High in Cumberland, Md., has Yale among 10 teams he is considering.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed your columns and info re Yale football all year.I hope you continue to do so.A few players at the Yale football camp this year who were interested in Yale were:
Starritt Hicks,OL, Lake Travis H.S., Austin,Tx.
Horace Johnson,OL, Eastside H.S.,Covington,Ga.
Another player I read about that had interest in Yale was Zac Costlow, DE,Steubenville Catholic Central H.S.,Steubenville, Oh.

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Anonymous Ron in Baltimore said...

Justin Hymes is a beast. I have been following him since his sophomore year when he was a defensive line standout. He has grown since then and his body/mind coordination are still coming back to him but he is incredibly explosive and is a diligent worker in the weight room. Allegany is the winningest school in Maryland and kids coming out of there know what it takes to win and have great football iq's. He was practically a lock at nearby West Virginia before his injury. He put up some great numbers at their camp. This is a phenomenal 'get' for Yale and he should compete for time very early. He was projected as a top 70 Guard in the country before he fell off the radar because of his injury. He could start at RT or either Guard possibly even Center. He can also be a space eater and a run stopper on Defense but I think he is more natural on O Line but as he grows into his body may make the switch to the other side of the ball. Also is a starter for the Basketball team as well. Congrats Yale

1:01 PM 

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