Two Kentucky standouts go to Holy Cross and Gardner-Webb.
Holy Cross HS football coach (and Holy Cross College alumnus) Bruce Kozerski was so filled with pride Wednesday, he seemed ready to pop. So was the Holy Cross library.
Senior two-way lineman Eric Oldiges became the school’s first Division I scholarship player, signing with Holy Cross College in front of an adoring and overflow crowd at the library of the small Latonia school.
STUART — In the weeks following a strange accident that nearly forced the amputation of the middle finger on his right hand, South Fork High linebacker Will Claunch had doubts about his future as an athlete.
But in front of his parents, coach and several members of the South Fork administration, Claunch declared his intention Wednesday to attend Columbia University this fall and play for the Ivy League school.
Most high school football players with aspirations of playing in college would love to be able to have the choices Bedford Booth did.
Booth, Midland High’s starting free safety for the last two seasons, wanted to continue his football career. But as a stellar student, academics were his No. 1 priority.
At Yale, Booth will have the opportunity to meet both of those goals.
Tennessee offensive lineman chooses Yale… after considering some good advice from Appalachian State head football coach Jerry Moore.
ELIZABETHTON – Elizabethton Cyclone offensive-lineman Evan Ellis signed his national letter of intent to attend Yale University on Wednesday.
The choice of such a prestigious university was an easy decision for the 6′2″ 285 pound Ellis.
“First impression was really what did it for me,” said Ellis. “It’s a world class university with a world class football program. I just had the feeling when I was up there in June, that this is the place for me to go, from the first time I stepped on campus.”
A year ago, Brown was little more than a color to Tipton’s Matt O’Donnell and an Ivy League education seemed as distant as the prestigious universities in the Northeast are from eastern Iowa.
Both will become a reality for O’Donnell today, though, when he signs a letter-of-intent to play football at Brown University, the Ivy League school in Providence, R.I.
Alex Cornish produced enough eyepopping statistics on the football field at Frederick High School to attract the attention of many colleges.
But those weren’t the numbers that most-influenced Cornish in deciding which school to attend.
It was numbers like stocks, bonds and even one that’s not so quantifiable — where he could get the best value for his education — that persuaded Cornish to attend Columbia University in New York City next fall. Not scholarship dollars or stats.
South Carolina Recruits talk about the reasons for their FCS decisions - including an offensive lineman committed to Delaware State coming off a run at the start championship.
The always intense football recruiting season was even tougher for Northeastern coach Rocky Hager and his staff this year as they not only battled opposing coaches for prime talent but also fought rampant rumors over the future of NU’s football program.
An in-house study by a university-appointed committee has been completed and NU athletic director Peter Roby is expected to make a final recommendation to school president Joseph Aoun today. It is believed the recommendation will be to keep FCS football for the forseeable future under certain conditions.
“Yes, dealing with the negative buzz around the program was very challenging,” said Hager, who nevertheless landed 10 recruits, including three local products: Elijah Harris, a defensive back out of North Attleboro; Brian Palangi, a 6-foot-4 offensive lineman out of Swampscott High and Nahant; and Jesse Sparks, a wide receiver out of Cambridge Rindge & Latin.
NORFOLK - Three months after Norfolk State’s best football season in 23 years, the Spartans continued to reap the benefits.
NSU signed 19 recruits Wednesday, including nine who received All-State recognition. Coach Pete Adrian said he expects the 2008 Spartans to be the deepest and most athletic team in the 10 years NSU has been in Division I.
“The big thing when I went into living rooms this time was I didn’t have to say, ‘If we win,’ ” said Adrian, whose incoming class includes 17 players from Virginia, one from Washington, D.C., and one from Florida.
They may not be stars yet, but the prep football players that signed with the University of Montana yesterday sure have a lot of them next to their names. The Grizzlies signed at least four players that are considered two-star (out of five stars) players by the analysts at Rivals.com.
Montana head coach Bobby Hauck puts on a National Signing Day introduction for the public every year. This year he’ll probably need to bring a supply of throat lozenges or some backup speakers as UM has signed 33 recruits after a large senior class depleted the roster.
Whether Jared Rohrback turns out to be a great Big Sky Conference linebacker for the Montana State Bobcats isn’t known.
But one of his football coaches at C.M. Russell High believes this much is true: “He’ll make a heckuva run at it for sure,” said Duff Mahoney, a defensive assistant for the Rustlers. “Nobody will out-work him.”
Sometimes football players transfer due to circumstances outside of their control - like this athlete’s transfer to Idaho State.
It was a night spent sitting in his parked car two years ago when Ryan Head was thinking Sacramento wasn’t for him.
The former San Luis Obispo High football player had sought refuge from his off-campus apartment at Sacramento State rather than witness a mob-style home invasion aimed at roughing up one of his roommates.
He had missed out on an opportunity to live in the on-campus dorms and instead signed up for a cool dorm-style apartment that grew worse and worse as the weeks went by.
Dias’ work ethic at Solano leads to Portland State scholarship.
FAIRFIELD - Zach Dias came to Solano Community College on a mission in 2005.
He wanted to prove that he could play football at the next level. He wanted to work on every part of his game, in particular run and pass blocking as a guard on the offensive line, to try and get better.
He wanted to put his two-year varsity experience at Vintage High School — where he was a little-used back-up — in the rear-view mirror.
“I wanted to prove people wrong and I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it,” Dias said. “I think I did that.”
Only time will tell whether Bobby Hauck’s biggest recruiting class at Montana also will be his best crop of football players.
But with 33 athletes committing to playing at UM, 26 more than in 2007, it’s a formidable group.
Flathead faithful have known for awhile, but Wednesday made it official.
Flathead High School’s Josh Harris will be a University of Montana football player.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound defensive end sat in the FHS weight room Wednesday — flanked by his parents, two brothers and sister — in front of two local media outlets and posed with the contract that he received, signed and sent back to the UM Wednesday morning.