Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More on Liguori and Okano

Recently as I got word that Harvard-Westlake stars Jackson Liguori and Nick Okano had yet to complete the process of committing to Yale, I reached out to their high school coach.

As I reported in an earlier blog entry, they both followed through and are firmly committed as part of the incoming freshman class at Yale. But I figured I would pass on the highlights from my conversation with Harvard-Westlake football coach Vic Eumont from earlier today.

Eumont said both Liguori and Okano had received some recruiting interest from Bowl Championship Subdivision teams but are indeed headed to Yale.

Liguori is a big-play receiver who had touchdown catches in 10 of his 11 games as a senior. Liguori, who had two 100-yard receiving games as a senior, finished the year with 48 catches for 823 yards and 13 TD receptions. He had catches of 56, 61, 64 and 72 yards helping the North Hollywood, Calif. school to a 7-4 record in 2009.

"He's a legit receiver, he has great hands, great quickness," Eumont said.

Liguori, 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, played with the varsity for three seasons as did the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Okano, who was drawing some interest from BCS school up until the time he officially committed to Yale.

"He can play free safety, strong safety and even some cornerback," Eumont said.

Eumont said that if Okano had prototypical safety size, he would have had major college programs all over him. As it was, Okano received plenty of interest from I-A schools including some of the service academies. As a senior Okano had 79 tackles, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. He also averaged 23 yards on 11 kickoff returns and 10.3 yards on eight punt returns.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news and thanks for the update Jim, Bulldog Nation thanks you. I hope we can convince Tevin Hood to head our way i think he would be a started as a freshman.
do you know anything about OL Devin Cochrane he looks like he would be a good addition.
also is wide reciever Nick Davis
a potential recruit for this year or next?


11:32 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your follow-up. As I look at the list of signees, I see six running backs and five interior linemen and remember that we had trouble running the ball in 2009

7:07 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Info on TE Keith Coty out of California.

9:56 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great info Jim! I am enthusiastic about the Eli's this year. I agree with the fellow before me that the OL is and will be an area of concern. What sort of emphasis was put on getting solid O-Lineman during the recruiting? Alex Thomas looks noticably Bigger, Stronger and Faster in person and in the Spring Practices. Thomas is a WEAPON! His best days are yet to come... and Jim, Have you ever seen Thomas at full throttle into the secondary? His vision and quickness are amazing! Just watch his HS highlights on Youtube, my 5 year olds jaw bounced off the floor after watching that. Anyways, I am excited to see the kid Khalil Keys. what are coaches plans with the 5 incoming QB's? Can any of them place kick? Mante will be missed and I am weary of the many misses on XP and FG's the kid missed last year. Aren't you? I believe in Coach Williams and his Staff, to put together a good run at the Ivy Title. Are there any Mcleod's still in HS?

7:16 AM 

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