Friday, January 28, 2011

Another name in recruiting

I spoke to Choate football coach Erik Cooper today to get an update on where former Hyde star Deshawn Murphy was in the recruiting process. Cooper told me that Choate tight end Adam Conklin is headed to Yale next year along with running back Kahlil Keys, who has already been accepted and received his likely letter from Yale.

Conklin is a 6-foot-3, 230 pound postgraduate from Dover, Mass. who Cooper said really came on as a pass-catching threat as the season progressed. Conklin played both tight end and defensive end but Cooper said he is expected to play tight end (or h-back) at Yale.

On the subject of Murphy, the talented receiver retook his SATs on Jan. 22 in an attempt to land in one of the academic bands. If he gets the scores he needs, Cooper believes Yale is the frontrunner for his services. If not, he won't lack for opportunities from non-Ivy League programs. There should be more info on Murphy in the next week or two.

If Murphy lands at Yale, it will be the second time in the last three years that a Yale recruiting class included three Choate players as rising juniors Roy Collins, Charles Holmes and Allen Davis were teammates at Choate during the 2008 season.

Also, Southington's Jonathan Kelleher who is the younger brother of former Yale quarterback turned defensive lineman Matt Kelleher, has been accepted at Amherst where he will continue his football career while Madison's Derek Bertolini is headed to Maryland-Baltimore County to play lacrosse.

I can also provide a link to a report that Grace Christian Academy Davis Franks gave a commitment to Yale and lists Jeff Schmittgens (a defensive end out of Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill.) as a Yale commit. Look for more oral commitments to be coming. However, bear in mind that until the Yale admissions department gives the OK and a likely letter is sent out, there are still some t's to be crossed and i's to be dotted. It does appear as if the Bulldogs are going to be bringing a class dominated by defensive and offensive linemen which is never a bad way to go.


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