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Lehigh Announces Class of 2010

It's finally here - Lehigh and coach Coen have announced the class of 2010!

A surprisingly big class with 29 new names and no transfers, coach Coen also surprised me with bringing in a couple of recruits from California - our first recruits from that state in quite some time. This is in addition to our normally strong showing in Lehigh Valley and NJ recruiting as well. Kudos to coach Coen for bringing together such a solid class even with the challenge of bringing a coaching (and recruiting) staff together at the same time.

Unsurprisingly, coach Coen brought in some great-looking talent on the offensive and defensive lines, with 4 OL and 4 DL. Two of my five "Top faces to watch" in this class are linemen. There appears to be some good speed in the WR/DB's, but also some good playmakers as well. Some of the LB's on the list appeared to be converted offensive players (Heath Brickner, Al Pierce) on massively successful high school programs (Thomas Jefferson (PA), Hargrave Military Academy (VA)). Overall, recruiting appeared fairly even across all positions, with particular emphasis on wide receivers (since we lose 6 to graduation this year).

Without any further ado, let me offer my "5 faces to watch" in the class of 2010.

1. B. J. Benning, DT, River Hill (MD). Listed as 270 but playing last year at 280, B.J. fought double-and-triple teams on the defensive side of the ball but still was a major factor up front, setting a River Hill record for sacks. He was recruited by James Madison and William & Mary, but coach Coen snagged this talented DT that could be an impact defensive lineman. 2006 Prediction: Special Teams.

2. Jesse Sanchez, QB, Bergen Tech (NJ). Built like our projected starting QB, sophomore QB Sedale Threatt (6'1, 180 lbs), Sanchez was a solid passer for the Knights, at one point breaking Bergen Tech's single game passing record of 319 yards. Looks like a good athlete who may be a very good passer - not just a runner - down the line. 2006 Prediction: Scout team.

3. Dane Trotter, WR/DB, Blair Academy (VT). Recruited by UConn as a wideout and Penn State as a DB, Trotter was one of the finest big-play wideouts that then-coach Steve Houghton at Burr & Burton had ever seen. At Blair, he led the defense in tackles. It will be a very pleasant problem to determine on which side of the ball this talented back will be playing, but it's no doubt he is a major find. 2006 Prediction: Special Teams.

4. Sean Lezgus, OL, Morris Catholic (NJ). Sean could have been a preferred walk-on with Virginia or Rutgers, but chose instead to play with coach Coen at Lehigh - and his former coaches gush about his ability to match up with D-I-A talent. He'll need to beef up a little for D-I college football, but it's clear coach Coen nabbed a highly-regarded lineman that may be a factor sooner than later. 2006 Prediction: On the Depth Chart.

5. Evan Johnson, DB/WR, Salisbury (CA). One of the first California recruits at Lehigh in some time, I project Evan as more of a DB considering his development at Salisbury, where he led the defense in tackles at 4.9 per game. He looks like a speedster that may be a keeper. 2006 Prediction: Special Teams.

Comments

Ngineer said…
I have seen it reported that Lehigh is getting a transfer from Kent State at RB. Got any info on that? Maybe that's the '30th' recruit I've heard about.
Anonymous said…
Yeah, he's here and I saw his tape in the coaches office. He's a straight beast.
Ngineer said…
What's the word on Aaron Jones? Was originally listed but now, not on the list on LU website. 6'4", 320 lbs out of Springfield, OH.
Ngineer said…
Interview with Coen in Sunday's Express-Times (2/26)that certainly shows there will be more of an emphasis on the running game. Sounds like the new transfer from Kent State, Josh Pastore could be in the mold of Rod Gardner the big running back Lehigh had in the mid-70's. 6'1", 215 lbs and only a soph. He could give the change of pace from the scat-back attack we've had for so many years, and it sounds like Coen is expecting him to make an immediate impact.
dtashjian said…
JOSHUA PASTORE
Running Back • 5-11 • 210 • Freshman
Salineville, Ohio • Beaver Local H.S.


Was named to the all-state team as a senior at Beaver Local High School, located in east-central Ohio ... Also was a two-time all-district and three-time All-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference selection ... Rushed for 1,600 yards and a 10.6-yard average his senior season ... Helped lead the Beavers to back-to-back state conference championships and state playoff appearances each of his final two years ... Was coached by Rich Wright ... Has earned four letters in football and two in wrestling. Personal: Born March 13, 1986 ... Son of Jim Pastore and Toni Pastore ... Older brother, Jamin, will be a junior cornerback at Duke University in the fall ... Plans to major in business ... Last name is pronounced pas-TORE-e.
Last Updated: Feb. 13, 2004

What's the line for Coen article
dtashjian said…
JOSHUA PASTORE
Running Back • 5-11 • 210 • Freshman
Salineville, Ohio • Beaver Local H.S.


Was named to the all-state team as a senior at Beaver Local High School, located in east-central Ohio ... Also was a two-time all-district and three-time All-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference selection ... Rushed for 1,600 yards and a 10.6-yard average his senior season ... Helped lead the Beavers to back-to-back state conference championships and state playoff appearances each of his final two years ... Was coached by Rich Wright ... Has earned four letters in football and two in wrestling. Personal: Born March 13, 1986 ... Son of Jim Pastore and Toni Pastore ... Older brother, Jamin, will be a junior cornerback at Duke University in the fall ... Plans to major in business ... Last name is pronounced pas-TORE-e.
Last Updated: Feb. 13, 2004
dtashjian said…
I saw a report aht Aaron Jones, the 6'4" monster was coming to LU. Can that be confirmed?
Ngineer said…
Unfortunately, Jones is now going to Holy Cross--changed mind at last minute. Says in Sprinfield newspaper that Crusaders are 'paying everything'--so he must be getting a sweeter financial aid package. Said, also, that academics were superior--that's a crock.
Anonymous said…
Aaron Jones is highly overrated. hes a big mush ball. The Lehigh kids will push his ass all over the field. He settled for mediocrity.
Anonymous said…
jones is a mushball? y would u say that and where have u seen him play at? because it must have not been the same place i saw him at

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