Skip to main content

Lehigh Recruiting Season

It's not all that long ago that a post like this would be just complete and utter speculation about something I knew nothing about. Who's getting recruited for the Lehigh football class of 2011? How the heck would I know? I could say "I want you!", just like this classic Army recruitment poster, but I wouldn't have anything backing up my feelings.

Nowadays, we definitely have more information on possible recruits than ever before, thanks to the "magic of the internet" and the Lehigh message board and websites like who spend all their time tracking possible college recruits in all sorts of sports. Most of the players on are commits to the "big boys" like Penn State, Michigan, and, yes, even Boise State. But if you are willing to take the time, you can also get information on recruits that are thinking about Lehigh as a place to continue their education.

Longshots? Hard to say. Superstars? It's way too early to say. But it's valuable information at a time when it's hard to come by, and for thirsty Lehigh fans like myself, any droplets of moisture are welcome. First, let's do a mini-breakdown of what I think Lehigh's needs are, and some of the names that are floating out there in the ether with the Lehigh name attached to them.

Need #1: Defensive Line. Losing two starters (DE Paul Fabre and NT Eric "Big Daddy" Rakus) and one impact player (DL Royce Morgan) means that there is an immediate need for bodies on the defensive line in 2007. With eight returning "D" linemen, not only will it be an interesting spring for Lehigh, it means that freshman will have a real chance to make an impact early in their careers.

Need #2: Sedale's "Heir Apparent". Backup QB Mike Probst graduates this year, and the QB combo of Sedale Threatt and Kevin Marshall graduate next year. We have rising sophomore QBs Jesse Sanchez and Chris Bokosky in the wings, but you can't have too many QBs at your disposal. A third QB might be just what Lehigh needs - and someone who could compete for a starting job in 2008.

Need #3: Beef on the "O" Line. It's my philosophy that you can't have enough bodies in the trenches, and with four seniors graduating on our "O" lines, the need to beef up with a great class of linemen will be crucial. Rising senior (and LFN favorite) OL Jimmy Kehs will anchor the line in 2007, but the other bodies in the trench for this year and beyond are up for grabs.

Need #4: Center & Long Snapper. Laugh if you must, but two of the most important unsung positions are graduating this year - C John Reese and LS Eric Rakus. One of the top priorities in the spring should be finding the new snappers, and a great way for a freshman lineman to make the travel team would be to be either.

Need #5: Running Back Our starting running backs are solid right now with rising juniors Matt McGowan and Josh Pastore, but ask Montana about the importance of having a stable of great running backs in camp. (They lost preseason all-American RB Lex Hilliard in the preseason last year.) Running back depth is key - and we need to have the next great RB in this year's class.

Now that the primary needs have been identified, it's time to share with you some of the names that are floating out there with Lehigh's name attached to them. Remember, this is only speculation at this point - none of these are commits!

QB Cole Hildabrant (Pius X, Bangor, PA) 6'0, 202lbs
Notes: QB coach at Pius X was Lehigh great Phil Stambaugh, also recruited by FBS teams.

QB Chad Cheek (East Ridge HS, Clermont, FL) 6'3, 192lbs
Notes: Speedy QB that is also being pursued by Georgetown and Columbia. Could be an RB?

RB/DB Andrew Cope (Danvile Area SHS, Danville, PA) 5'10, 180 lbs
Notes: Fast back, also pursued by FBS teams.

RB Antonio Walcott (Fort Hamilton HS, Brooklyn, NY) 5'5, 150 lbs
Notes: Prototypical "Ron Jean" back, Fordham & Stony brook are also pursuing him.

RB/OLB Ted Plunkett (Peddie School, Highstown, NJ) 5'10, 180 lbs
Notes: Lafayette is also going after him hard; Towson & FBS teams also in the mix.

WR/DB Anthony DiNaso (Poly Prep CDS, Brooklyn, NY) 5'11, 195 lbs
Notes: Interest from some big FBS schools and Villanova. Has great speed.

C Matt Wierson (Walton HS, Atlanta, GA) 6'1, 245 lbs
Notes: Samford is also in the mix, but at C Wierson could fill a great need.

DE Marcus Richtel (Douglas HS, Castle Rock, CO), 6'1, 220 lbs
Notes: First CO recruit in some time; Colgate, Ivies, and Stanford also in the mix.


Anonymous said…
I've followed the career of Hildabrandt up here in the Poconos and the kid has put up some awesome numbers. Started as a Sophomore and really loves to check the ball around. Has had a weak supporting cast the the last two years, but he's still shone. As a Soph I really expected the kid to become a Division 1 prospect, but injuries and a weaker team surrounding him has hurt his development. Would love to see him come to Lehigh though.
Anonymous said…
Reese may have another year...was out the whole year either his first or second season.
Anonymous said…
Kyle Adams on DL may also have another year after losing all of his jr. year because of a back injury.
Anonymous said…
Recruiting prospect running back Antonio Walcott has an enormous stride for such a little guy.
His 40 time is just quick enough at about 4.5. But what really enabled him to rewrite the PSAL record book was the separation speed made possible by the remarkable stride. Once he hits the secondary and shifts into top gear, all pursuit just simply evaporates.

Popular posts from this blog

Nick Shafnisky Is Pushing Hard to Get To Play at the Next Level in Football

"Don't take anything for granted, just keep pushing."
Those are the words of QB Nick Shafnisky, told to The Whitehall-Coplay Press all the way back in 2013, about his preparation as a high school athlete.
And they seem to summarize the Whitehall, PA native perfectly, then as now.
Dubbed the "Male Athlete of the Year" by that publication, the article goes on about Shaf's many exploits at Whitehall high school - leading the Zephyr football team to a co-Lehigh Valley Conference title, becoming the first player ever in that conference to rush and pass for over 1,000 yards, and earning the league's co-MVP award as well.
He also was a member of the Zephyrs playoff basketball team, and for good measure also helped set a record for the 4x100 relay team as well.
At Whitehall, and at Lehigh, coaches pushed him, but it was his own hard work that helped make him the best athlete he could be.
This weekend, Shaf, like every eligible college football player, will be …

#TheRivalry Flashback: November 21st, 1987: Lehigh 17, Lafayette 10

Since becoming an undergrad at Lehigh back in the late 1980s, I first heard about the historic nature of the football team and "The Rivalry" through the stories that fellow students would share.

I did not attend the final meeting between Lehigh and Lafayette at Taylor Stadium, which was the final time a football game would be played there.

Those that did attend said that was that it was cold.

"I remember it being one of the coldest games ever," Mark Redmann recollected, "with strong Northwesterly winds and the temperature hovering around 20.  By the end of the game, the stands were half empty because most of the fans just couldn't take the cold.

"Fortunately, several of my fraternity brothers snuck in flasks to help fend off the chill."

Dominick Bragalone Goes Into Monster Mode As Lehigh Is One Win Away From Title

It has been a most unusual season for Lehigh.

Starting the year off at 0-5 and getting swept in their out-of-conference schedule, the Mountain Hawks were in danger of having their season go off the rails.

But two things have come together over the last five football games that have put Lehigh on the brink of back-to-back championships.

The first is the late blooming of the Lehigh defense, which kept battling every week since the low point of the September 30th loss to Wagner to do the job in four of their five Patriot League conference games. 

The second is the development of junior RB Dominick Bragalone into a bellcow running back, a back who has to be in the conversation for Patriot League offensive player of the year.

In five Patriot League games, Bragalone has run for 863 yards in 5 games, rushing for 11 touchdowns and adding two more receiving touchdowns as well. 

The South Williamsport, PA native certainly wasn't unknown before this week - after all, as a freshman and a sop…