Friday, January 25, 2013

Recruiting News (UPDATED 2/6)

Here is a list of commitments for Yale. The signing period runs from Feb. 6 through April 1.

Ben Bedard DL 6-4 258 Grand Ledge (Grand Ledge, Mich.) VIDEO
Recorded 60 tackles and five sacks.
Kevin Blohm OL/DL 6-4 245 St. Ignatius (San Francisco, Calif.) VIDEO
Named to All-City first team.
Khalid Cannon OL 6-5 255 Gadsden City (Gadsden, Ala.) VIDEO
Had offers from Louisiana, Troy and Samford among others.
Robert Clemons WR/DB 6-0 172 Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach, Calif.) VIDEO
Helped team to CIF Southern Section Southern Division semifinals.
Victor Egu LB 6-3 217 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) VIDEO
Decommit from California. Huge land for the Bulldogs.
Mason Friedline OL 6-5 280 King’s (Shoreline, Wash.) VIDEO
Turned down multiple Pac-12 offers to play with the Bulldogs.
Myles Gaines WR 5-10 170 Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.) VIDEO
Good hands and exceptional speed.
Pete Gerson DE 6-3 230 Hand (Madison, CT) VIDEO
Strong, explosive and tremendous motor. Helped Hand to Class L state title this season.
D'Amani Grayer RB/DB 5-9 170 Brophy Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) VIDEO
Played DB and RB. Incredible speed.
Leo Haenni TE 6-3 225 Bishop Fenwick (Franklin, Ohio) VIDEO
Finished with 31 catches for 551 yards and six touchdowns last season.
Dale Harris RB/DB 5-10 190 St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.) VIDEO
Dynamic RB, who runs 4.4 40.
Bryan Holmes K/P 5-10 185 West Ottawa (Holland, Mich.) VIDEO
Should compete for starting job.
Beau Iverson DE/TE 6-9 265 Charles Wright Acad. (Lakewood, Wash.) VIDEO
Size alone makes him an intriguing recruit.
Remick Kawawaki FS/OLB 6-2 205 Columbia River (Vancouver, Wash.) VIDEO
A three-year starter and one of the top RBs in the region.
John Lancione OL 6-3 275 Avon Lake (Avon Lake, Ohio) VIDEO
Should help bolster offensive line.
Darius Manora RB/LB 6-2 215 St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School (Alexandria, Va.) VIDEO
Athlete with good size. Rushed for over 1,300 yards last season.
Galen McCallister RB 5-7 164 Madison (San Antonio, Texas) VIDEO
Runs a 4.49 40 and an all-district selection as a senior.
Spencer McManes QB/DB 6-2 1/2 210 Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.)  VIDEO
Four-year starter with a strong arm.
Marty Moesta TE/DE 6-6 230 Hotchkiss School, CT (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) VIDEO
Solid hands and route runner. Drew interest from a handful of Ivy schools.
Duncan Morfitt OLB 6-2 215 Notre Dame Prep (Scottsdale, Ariz.) VIDEO
Was also considering Army. 
Foye Oluokun WR/DB 6-3 205 John Burroughs (St. Louis, Mo.) VIDEO
Explosive athlete with good size. Former high school teammate of WR Grant Wallace.
Candler Rich RB/DB 5-11 185 Heritage (Newnan, Ga.) VIDEO
Rushed for 108 yards, including a 49-yard TD, on 13 carries in Georgia all-star game last month.
Robbie Ries WR/DB 5-10 175 St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) 
 Had 68 tackles and four INTs along with 11 receptions for 134 yards.
Blake Rowlinson WR 6-2 186 Alpharetta (Alpharetta, Ga.) VIDEO
Caught 29 passes for 484 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games.
Jack Rushin DL 6-5 265 Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.)
A key player up front on a defense that allowed just 12 points per game last season.
Spencer Rymiszewski CB 6-0 185 West Chester Henderson (West Chester, Penn.) VIDEO
Recorded 44 tackles and six interceptions as a senior.
Jackson Stallings TE/DE 6-2 225 Southmoore (Moore, Okla.) VIDEO
Finished career with over 1,200 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns.
Brian Sykes DB 6-2 200 Chattahoochee (Johns Creek, Ga.) VIDEO
A first-team all-regional selection by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Copache Tyler DT 6-2 240 Southeast (Springfield, Ill.) VIDEO
Finished season with 101 tackles and seven sacks. Also a state champion wrestler.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Victor Egu Looks like a HUGE catch for the Bulldogs. Look at the list of schools (below) who made this kid offers. He looks like the best player that's been recruited at any Ivy school so far this recruiting season.

11:22 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some other sites say the Tretter kid has committed to Purdue. Any late word on that?

5:33 PM 
Anonymous Ray Yale Football Fan said...

Jason Tretter has committed to Purdue.

5:59 PM 
Blogger Another Guy said...

You can take Jason Tretter off the list he committed to Purdue today 1/26.

6:23 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any news on who the starting qb will be for next year? Is Roberts or Williams the favorite? Or is there a dark horse ie scott or Morales or someone else with some O- line help they could be very good if the QB situation gets resolved.

4:20 PM 
Anonymous WALT YALE BLUE said...


9:12 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is good depth at QB just not a lot of experience. It will be QB by committee until someone steps up . I think this year you will see a full run/pass wildcat package with Varga that will keep the defenses guessing.

9:21 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

QB's all young. One or more will have to step up. Up hill battle for the freshman and the transfer.

11:45 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is my understanding that EJ Conway was one of the many young men who quit immediately after the season ended. Hope it is not true, but I have no reason to believe it is not.

2:22 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe it is indeed true that EJ Conway left. Dylan Drake has another year of eligibility though. And they will definitely be playing a 3-4, so maybe that helps cover the team's most glaring weakness. I understand there has even been some talk of converting O-linemen

7:58 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why did Conway leave

8:41 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not much recruiting effort tdate at Yale stacked at this position going into next year?

12:33 PM 
Anonymous richardpatrick57 said...

Anyone know just how many have left the team and how many were starters?

If not starters, were they discouraged only because of their lack of playing time?

2:05 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look, it's simple, just score more and you win.

3:23 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you sure about Dylan Drake? The website shows he's already played two years of JV and two years of varsity?

3:40 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Texan will be interested to see how Reno utilizes Galen McAllister. McAllister was a star RB in Texas most competitive classification, 5A. He's small, but so was Robert Carr '05, who came out of Baytown R.E. Lee with lesser rushing numbers and wound up as Yale's all-time leading rusher. At a minimum, he ought to be an addition to our special teams, esp as a KR.

Speaking of KR, any news about Chris Smith's possible return to the team? He's the closest thing the Ivies have to Wes Welker.

6:39 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today's Yale Daily News in reporting on recruiting of Egu away from Cal Berkeley cites his coach to the effect that Egu will first go to prep school. Is there anything to this?

11:42 AM 
Anonymous Ray Yale Football Fan said...

Does Victor Egu have to matricuate at a prep school next year before he attends to Yale?

12:20 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What were the changes in today's recruiting update?

2:53 PM 
Blogger Chris Hunn said...

Just added that Egu will attend prep school.

2:55 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like a lot of RBs in the recruiting class? I thought we were good at that position. Varga will only be a Junior and Keys a Sophomore. I could see bringing in a big FB/HB to bolster the blocking but small backs, I don't get it. We already have some of those on the JV squad? Only thing I can see is maybe moving these kids to positions in the secondary but even then I don't like 5'7" corners and DBs!

4:49 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really...Why would Egu want to attend prep school when he has at least 8 offers from good/great schools? I think we may be getting our hopes up too high.

8:31 PM 
Blogger Chris Hunn said...

Yes, many were listed at RBs when they committed. But I'm sure Reno will move some around.

9:11 PM 
Anonymous walt yale blue said...

anyone know if where still going after kids or are we done would like to see a few more lineman. walt yale blue . if egu has to go to prep school the will back should be charles cook i know he played strong safety but give him a chance to play there

9:27 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 8:31 Um, a Yale degree? Some kids (and their parents) are smart enough to understand how few players actually make a career of this game. As far as "getting our hopes up" he is the best player to commit to an Ivy school - does that mean he will automatically be great? Of course not, but why not be hopeful that such a talent committed to the Bulldogs?

9:49 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harvard has a basketball player from Cal this year who is going to northfield Mount Hermon this year but is committed to them for 13/14

10:25 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the huge advantage of a Yale degree for Egu. However, Yale's integrity as it relates to recommending that route is damaged when the Head Coach does not honor that commitment after the kid has went to the prep school as happened when Reno took over. For example, Matthew Porter. If Yale wants to continue to suggest this route the AD must force the Head Coach to honor these commitments understanding that the school has made the commitment to the young man and it will be honored regardless of any coaching changes or need changes. After all several of these guys such as the Porter case had D1 offers and rejected them for the opportunity to get a Yale degree.

12:05 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still doesn't make sense to recruit small running backs if you are going to use them elsewhere. Why not get some taller backs. We got killed in the secondary last year because of length!

5:23 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing exciting in this group of players that will take Big Blue to the next level. I foresee another 2-3 years of sub .500 seasons. No game changers in this group. Multiple TE's with only size? No QB's that will impact the program. Why only one CT player? There must have been some great CT players who showed some interest. More CT players would mean more fannies in the seats and greater interest in Yale Football. Who is going to come out to watch a player from Calf., Wash. or GA? Yale has to realize that it is not Notre Dame. Build your core from CT/NY/NE and the fans will show up to support Big Blue. Otherwise, Yale will remain what it is, a Div. III program pretending to be a Div. 1AA program.

12:36 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've a different perspective on last year's seconary. We got killed because of a lack of speed in the secondary, not a lack of height.

Judging from this year's recruiting class, Reno is emphasizing speed, irrespective of size. By my count, nearly 40% of our recruits are Af-Am youngsters. That's ground breaking in New Haven.

10:12 AM 
Anonymous richardpatrick57 said...

Reno was an outstanding recruiter as an assistant at Yale and had the same reputation at Harvard! He also did an extraordinary job last year under the most difficult circumstances.I have a lot of faith in his selections. They also look sensational in those videos albeit against high school opposition.

1:12 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yale in 2013 is not Connecticut's state team. UCONN is. A winning Ivy teaam, wherever drawn from, will lure alumni and local fans. Suspect Reno and staff know a lot more about recruiting than some of the commentators. Let's wait until the Fall to see the result of their efforts.

1:45 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On Reno as a recruiter: Using Rivals as an indicator, nine committed to Yale and nine to Harvard. Three of those committed to Harvard had Yale offers. Of Yale's nine, five had offers from Harvard: Freidline, Gaines, Oluokun, Rich, and Stallings.

2:21 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reno knows how to recruit. A slew of kids from ga fla Texas and California. The absolute top 4 states for recruiting .We did get a big tight end ,we did get lineman,we did a solid QB plus a transfer qb , we did get speed .those kids from south play a different brand of football, just look at the film. Looks like a very solid class. Winning will fill the stands

3:56 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a solid class anyway you look at it. By itself it will not return Yale to upper division, but COMBINED with 3 years straight of good solid classes it will return Yale to consistent top 3 finishes. As to our secondary last year, height was a factor on occasion, as was speed. But there were MANY factors to include lack of a pass rush or blocked passes by down linemen, safeties in the box because we couldnt stop the run did not help our pass D. You give any Ivy QB all day and it will be a long day. I think depth was a huge factor this past year in the secondary and D in general.

11:55 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone in the Ivy League is slow. Not because they are slow but because when you combine football,over-training,lack of sleep,crazy academic load and the crap nutrition that is fed to the students something has to give. It first shows up in the legs! The kids in D1 are fast because they sleep till noon and have one class in the afternoon that requires no outside work or studying! I could be fast on that program.

12:39 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rivals lists as of 2/4 Duncan Morfitt as a Yale commit. A 6-2,205 OLB, he is from Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, AZ. Had offers from Army and Navy. Do you have anything on this?

9:06 AM 
Anonymous Ivyball said...

I found out more info on LB- Calvin Chandler on Had more offers from Air Force, Princeton, Dartmouth, Idaho and Wyoming. also, "preferred walk on" offers @ Stanford and U of W. Fast track guy and "hard hitter".

2:03 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Solid Class. Things looking good for Yale

11:38 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I count 30 commits including Egu. Since he is slated for prep school, should he be formally included in that number?

There is also the matter of Roberts, the transfer QB from Clemson. Admissions can't act on his application until mid-April. Presuming they will affirmatively, will that bring us up to 30, whether or not there are left over slots from the preceding three years?

9:39 AM 
Blogger Chris Hunn said...

Yes, the number is at 30 if you take Egu off list because of prep and add Roberts. Figured it makes more sense to keep Egu on list on here. That way people see it and I added a note that he will attend prep school to clarify.

1:41 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Walt yale blue.... I agree with you about the defense, REALLY need some help. There are some kids that didn't see playing time that I think will "step up" given the chance big issue is the secondary. Charles Cook that you mentioned was a free safety playing behind Geoff Dunham and was moved from that position after watching some of the games again I see him at Sam back and Will back then at a sort of LB/Strong safety. I did some research and this kid is 6'4 218lbs with very good hands, 4.45 speed, played receiver and DB in high school played on a state championship team and holds the Texas state interception record of 16 in his senior year. Why not put him back at FS so you have a fast big guy in the secondary that can hit and cover receivers that are fast and big? Might help? Just a thought. Whats your take?

10:32 AM 
Anonymous Ray Yale Football Fan said...

I agree. Is agressive.

11:26 AM 
Anonymous walt yale blue said...

anyone know who this fast new recruite is anyone have any info.

7:19 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You nailed it.D got shoved around last year. And lack of height and speed in the secondary was obvious. Princeton in particular rolled up the left side like a steamroller.Oh well, lets see what turns up this year!,

11:29 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cannon goes to "Gadsden" City. A hs powerhouse in AL that produced NFL DB Dre Kirkpatrick. It said in the local paper his decision was between Yale & Harvard

10:12 PM 

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