Thursday, January 30, 2014

Some thoughts on this year's class

Some quick notes…

So this looks to be the complete list.

I think this year’s group appears to be just as good – if not better – than last year’s class, which was very promising. There seems to be good balance.

OL John Bezney is the highest-rated recruit. OL  Anders Huizenga (6-6, 300 lbs) also looks to be a big addition.

A deep group of WRs gets even strong with the addition of players like Jake DeHart and Mike Siragusa. 

Matt Oplinger is part of a talented group of LBs coming in.

Southington’s Stephen Barmore, Rafe Chapple and perhaps Jamal Locke could add to what should be a healthy competition at QB.

The addition of some strong CBs should allow Foye Oluokun to move back to S next season. He was forced to play CB last year.

Recruiting news (UPDATED 1/30)

I can’t call them “commits” in the Ivy League, so here is a look at some players that should be headed to Yale next season, pending acceptance.

Jason Alessi, DB, 6-0, 180 Bloomfield, Mich.: Originally committed to play lacrosse at Michigan. Was drawing FBS interest. VIDEO

Cody Arledge, OL, 6-5, 255 Plano, Texas: Had offers from Harvard, New Mexico State, Navy and Texas State. VIDEO

Stephen Barmore, QB, 6-2, 210 Southington: A perfect fit for Reno’s offense. This local QB has size, a strong arm and good speed. VIDEO

John Barton, RB, 5-10, 180 Twinsburg, Ohio: Prepped one season at Choate and will now head to Yale. VIDEO

Jon Bezney, OL, 6-5, 275 Cincinnati, Ohio: According to Bezney had offers from Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Connecticut, Miami University, Kentucky, Louisville, Massachusetts and Kent State. VIDEO

Will Bryan, RB/CB, 5-11, 175 Pomona, Calif.: Averaged over 100 all-purpose yards and had 49 tackles for Diamond Ranch High. VIDEO

Hayden Carlson, DB, 5-11, 185 Glen Ellyn, Ill.: According to CSN Chicago,  Carlson was named conference Defensive POY and Player of the Game in the Class 7A championship as a junior. VIDEO

Jeho Chang, OL, 6-4, 275 Suwanee, Ga.: Helped an offense that manufactured 37.5 ppg. VIDEO

Rafe Chapple, QB, 6-1, 190 Norcross, Ga.: Younger brother of former Harvard standout Colton Chapple. VIDEO

Earl Chism, DE/LB, 6-4, 240 Elk Grove, Calif.: Passed on FBS offers for the Bulldogs. VIDEO

Nick Crowle, LB, 6-3, 245, Fairfield Prep: Averaging around 7 tackles per game this season. VIDEO

Tim Dawson, DE, 6-3, 225, New Orleans, La.: Had offers from Harvard, Navy, Old Diminion and South Alabama along with others. VIDEO

Jake DeHart, WR, 5-10, 167, Erie, Penn.: Had offers from Holy Cross, Bucknell, Youngstown State and others. VIDEO

Ross Drwal, WR, 6-1, 195, Omaha, Neb.: De-committed from Harvard for Yale. VIDEO
Conor Furey, DL/TE, 6-6, 235, Claymont, Delaware: Decision came down to Yale and Penn. VIDEO

Jaeden Graham, DB, 6-4, 215, Aurora, Colo.: Had offers from several schools, including Wyoming, UTEP and Navy. VIDEO

Nick Hardy, DL, 6-4, 245, San Antonio, Texas: An all-district selection. VIDEO

John Herubin, DL/LB, 6-4, 245, San Antonio, Texas: Two-time all-district selection. VIDEO
Blake Horn, K, 5-11, 150, Davie, Fla.: Miami Herald first-team all-county selection. VIDEO

Anders Huizenga, OL, 6-6, 300, Roanoke, Texas.: Was drawing interest from FBS schools. VIDEO

Andrew Johnson, QB/Ath., 6-0, 190, Peachtree, Ga.: Had offers from Air Force, Citadel, Davidson and others. VIDEO

Keefer Johnson, DB, 6-2, 215, Grand Ledge, Mich.: Recorded 78 tackles, three INTs and three sacks according to Lansing State Journal. VIDEO

Jamal Locke, QB/DB, 6-0, 180, Ridgewood, N.J.: Rutgers, Boston College, Temple and other Ivy League schools showed interest. VIDEO
Karl Marback, DT, 6-5, 235, Birmingham, Mich.: Finished with 37 tackles, two sacks and two fumble recoveries. Also blocked four kicks, according to VIDEO

Matt Oplinger, LB, 6-3, 220, Morristown, N.J.: Drew interest from Boston College, Rutgers and Princeton. VIDEO

Deshawn Salter, RB, 5-10, 210, Syracuse, N.Y.: Cornell, Harvard and Yale were among his final choices VIDEO

Jordan Schlueter, RB/DB, 6-2, 185, Scottsdale, AZ: Had offers from BYU, Colorado State and a few Ivy League schools, along with others. VIDEO

Michael Siragusa, WR, 6-3, 200, Cleveland, Ohio: Had offers from Buffalo, Cornell and Eastern Michigan.  VIDEO

Mike West, OLB, 6-3, 215, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.: Recorded seven sacks for Los Osos High. VIDEO

Chris Williams, WR, 6-0, 185, Norcross, Ga.: High school teammate of fellow recruit Rafe Chapple. VIDEO

Noah Yates, WR/DB, 6-5, 197, Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.: Also had offer from Brown. Led Shore Conference with nine INTs. VIDEO   

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Yale panel goes inside the huddle of college and pro football

Former New York Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum; author Nicholas Dawidoff; Yale football coach Tony Reno; and Davenport Master Richard Schottenfeld took part in a panel discussion on football at Yale’s Davenport College.

Read the story here.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Oluokun honored

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Yale DB Foye Oluokun has been named to the College Sports Journal 2013 Football Championship Subdivision All-Freshman Team.

Oluokun played CB and S and was a second-team All-Ivy League pick. He had 44 solo tackles, the most of any freshman in the Ivy League. He finished with 59 total tackles and four pass breakups.

Oluokun was the only freshman from the Ivy League selected to the team.