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Lehigh Recruiting Update

I have a confession to make: this year, I resolved, I would do a better job in getting information about Lehigh recruits. Unfortunately, the information on this year's recruits is simply a trickle of rumors from message boards and not nearly as much hard information that I'd like. [UPDATED]

It's mid-January now - just the time that many recruits around the nation are announcing to local papers their intended colleges - and I figured I'd gather up all the rumors and unconfirmed names and list them here along with some websites with information.

OT/DT William Reich (pictured), Worcester Academy (MA). Listed as 6'4, 274 on Scout.com, he reportedly was a 3 star recruit until he got hurt in the summer of his senior year. Rumored to have already committed to Lehigh.

TE Justin Maneri, Saddle Brook (NJ). Listed at 6'8, 230, he reportedly has already committed to come to Lehigh as a basketball player and not a football player. He's listed here just in case he finds his way on the football field, where he could be a formidable tight end.

RB Geoff Easterling, Atholton HS (MD). 5'10 and 191, his name has been floated out on the message boards and listed as a "player considering" on ESPN. Could be a nice slashing back like Walker.

RB Colin Reno, Scarsdale HS (NY). 5'11 and 185, he's another prototypical Ron Jean-style back who is also listed as a "player considering" on ESPN. Has a highlight video showing his speed and vision as a back. ESPN describes his as "a productive tailback at the high school level who combines good speed and strength as a runner. Shows good vision and shiftiness in the openfield; he eludes blockers with subtle yet effective cuts while keeping forward progress."

ILB Michael Brookmon, Charlotte Christian (NC). 6'1 and 207, he is listed on ESPN as a "player considering". ESPN writes: "Brookmon is a tough, undersized middle backer who possesses a good nose for the football and plays with a passion. Takes sharp pursuit angles and flashes a burst to hit the run seam inside-out."

QB Ryan Haslett, Holmdell HS (NJ). 6'2 and 195, he's a mobile QB listed on ESPN as a "player considering" and also has Columbia on his list of possibles. Ran for 83 yards and was a great leader in a nail-biting 13-10 victory for the Hornets in the Class D championship.

OL/DL Chris Workman, Princess Anne HS (VA). 6'2 and 282 and strong in the weight room, it looks like this lineman could really have a nice impact. Listed on ESPN as a "player considering".

Look for more information in the days and weeks ahead.

[UPDATE 1]: Found this name, but not sure if he's coming for football or wrestling:

DT Robert Prigmore, Carroll HS (TX). Played as a DT in high school and played in the local playoffs in football, but according to this report he's "focusing on wrestling" - which seems to imply that he's going to be a grappler for Lehigh.

[UPDATE 2]: Found another name - if he pans out, could be a great recruit from the middle of an area that routinely cranks out top prospects.

LB Chase McMann, Coral Springs HS (FL). 6'2 and 215, McMann is a top Florida prospect that has seen interest from both Colgate and Lehigh.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Doesn't Lehigh recruit locally anymore?
Anonymous said…
Sure, Lehigh still recruits locally. Unfortunately, as has been written alot about elsewhere, a lot of our local stars cannot gain admission to Lehigh. For this reason, Lehigh, and other PL schools have had to cast wider nets nationally in order to get the player that also fits the academic profile.
Anonymous said…
I appreciate the answer, but I find that rather hard to believe. The Bethlehem and Allentown schools score higher than the national average on SAT's. I suspect that some people just may try to justify their jobs and travel expenses by flitting all around the country instead of trying harder to look in their own backyard. I lived in the Northern Maryland/DC area for almost twenty years and I can assure you that those schools are much much weaker academically than the LV schools.
Anonymous said…
Speed kills. Speed is NOT in PA. Need to go south.
Anonymous said…
Thats not true, there are hundreds of D1 players with great speed, all across the country from Pa. Anyone know if we have any fifth year seniors this year. I thought there were a few. I think we will be young this year. We had 5 last year right?
JJ said…
Who else thinks that sport has gone too far? I mean there is so much money involved in sport now that there is very little sport left anymore. Sport spread betting used to be frowned upon when I was a kid as it made people desperate for money to bet with but now it’s nothing compared to how disgraceful a footballer’s salary is! These people train a few times a week and play one game a week if they’re lucky and get paid a week more than I earn a year! And yet no authority has ever questioned it! Why!? There’s a minimum wage, why can’t there be a maximum wage as well based on the type of job? So all you betters out there, why don’t you start spread betting on how much players are going to be paid next instead of what used to be sport?

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