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High-Profile Commit for Lehigh

Here I was, looking to wrap up the 2005 season, when I get alerted to this little article from the Morris Daily Record. If anyone felt like Lehigh was going to lose out on recruiting battles from the transition of head coaches, think again.

Any Lehigh fan has got to just love quotes like this one:

The two-way lineman was torn between the University of Pennsylvania and Lehigh. After much thought, he wound up choosing Lehigh -- mostly because the Mountain Hawks recently hired Penn's offensive coordinator Andy Coen to be Lehigh's new head coach. Talk about a small world.

"I knew him and have great respect for him," said Lezgus, a 6-5, 260-pound first-team All-Area lineman who hails from Denville. "Lehigh is also one of the best I-AA programs in the country."

Lezgus visited Lehigh's Bethlehem, Pennsylvania campus the weekend of Jan. 13-15 and loved everything about it. But mostly, he is enthused about playing for Coen, who received rave reviews -- from Penn's players.

"I heard nothing but good things about him," said Lezgus, who was recruited by Adam Scheier.


Morris Catholic coach Greg Lusardi believes Lezgus is only beginning to blossom as a lineman.

So do Rutgers and Virginia, both of whom recruited Lezgus as a preferred walk-on, citing his promising future.

"I think he has a lot of potential to grow into a very effective lineman at the next level," said Lusardi, who coached collegiately at Pace, William Paterson and Defiance College (Ohio) for 18 years before returning to Morris Catholic, where he coached the Crusaders in the 1980s. "He's got a great frame. He works very hard and has very good feet. He has good strength.

He'll get better with the commitment to the strength program. He is a very good football player."


Lusardi, who recently coached in the prestigious High School All-American game in San Antonio, believes Lezgus could have held his own as an interior blocker in the game.

"Let me say that those kids were not just D-I recruits, they were USC and Florida State recruits," Lusardi said. "But Sean would have held his own.


Last fall, Lezgus' size and strength dominated many of Morris Catholic's opponents.

"At our level, he was a significant, impact player," Lusardi said.

"He definitely stood out on the field on both sides, but particularly on offense. As a blocker, as far as his on-blocking, he was outstanding. He was well-schooled in terms of his footwork with respect to keeping his hips underneath him and using his leverage to his advantage."

What's not to like?


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