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Lehigh's Class of 2012 (as far as I know)

My last post had a sample photo of a "signing day" ceremony - well, to my left is a real one: welcome, Bryce Martin, to the Lehigh football family!

Here's the independently-verified list of recruits as far as I know:

DE/DT/OLB Bryce Martin (Bergen Catholic HS, NJ)
OL/DT Troy McKenna (Bergen Catholic HS, NJ)
WR Preston Soeprasetyo (Carmel HS, NY)
OL/DE Cody Connare (Olmstead Falls HS, OH) (link shows video)

This is on top of the list of recruits that I have confirmed already (you can learn more about them in this blog posting):

C Vinny Pellegrini (Boca Raton HS, FL)
TE Kyle Holmes (Camden Catholic HS, NJ)
P/K Alex Smith (Lake Brantley, FL)
DB/QB John Littlejohn (Colonial HS, FL)
LB Bryce Arruda (Haddonfield HS, NJ)
LB Alex Petroff (Chardon HS, OH)
WR/RS DeVaughn Gordon (North Plainfield, NJ)
ATH Colin Netwon (Lake Brantley, FL)
ATH Isadore Carrie (Ben Franklin HS, LA)

LB Mike Groome (Lenape Valley HS, NJ)

14 independently confirmed, and 1 possibles. Not bad. (And keep coming back for updates.)


Thanks to the tireless effort of RichH on the Voy forums, who lives for this type of stuff! This list wouldn't be possible without the great work from guys like him.

QB/LB Fred Mihal (Dallas HS, PA)
LB/TE Ted Lasher (Wyoming Area HS, PA)
WR Jimmy Jefferson (Pennridge HS, PA)
RB/LB Matt Fitz (Central Bucks West HS, PA)
LB Tanner Rivas (Central Davidson HS, NC)
OL Jim Liebler (Columbus HS, FL)
OL/DL William Reich (Worcester Academy, MA) (subscription link shows video). Reich has gone from unconfirmed to confirmed.
QB Chris Lum (Lake Orion HS, MI) Click on the link to read a compilation of three different articles describing how Lehigh snagged a Michigan QB with great upside.

OT/DE Andrew Knapp
(Aurora HS, OH). The link mentions that "Moved from tight end to OT last fall and emerged as team's top offensive lineman." Another link points out that he looks like he might be lining up on the defensive side of the ball.

WR Jake Drwal (Millard West HS, NE). Our first Nebraska recruit that I can recall: and a first-team all-Omaha metro wideout. Remember Buddy Ryan, who once said that Cris Carter "just catches touchdowns?" Well Drwal was all-State is described as a guy who "just makes plays". (Check out this last link and the video clips... you'll be glad you did.)

WR/DB Kenyatta Drake (Hammond HS, MD). Click the link, where he's described as an "electric player" and a "vocal leader" by his coach.


Anonymous said…
Justin Maneri - Saddle Brook - TE 6-8 230 is coming to Lehigh according to the Star Ledger.
Anonymous said…
Tanner Rivas, LB
6-2 215
Lexington, North Carolina
Central Davidson HIgh School
Committed Wednesday
gianluca said…
Last week I overheard one of the coaches say they had 17 so far. None yet from the Lehigh Valley this year which is interesting.
ngineer said…
The articles on Lum are interesting and seem to indicate that this kid could be like Jaren Walker, who suffered a senior injury causing bigger schools to back off. Great potential.
Anonymous said…
Is maneri playing football and basketball or will he just be doing basketball as it was said on the VOY board...
Anonymous said…
Just as much as the Lehigh Valley recruits, I like to see LU bringing in players from Bucks County schools. Good to see them taking an interest in Pennridge and CB West this year. Those schools are as close to Bethlehem as some "Lehigh Valley" schools, and they produce some great players.
Anonymous said…
From the Intelligencer:

Central Bucks West running back/linebacker Matt Fitz signed with Lehigh, which had been pursuing him along with Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins, Carnegie-Mellon and Dayton.

Fitz was a third-team All-Suburban One League Continental Conference choice as a running back and a second-team All-Intell pick as a linebacker. He will get the chance to play running back, but might eventually get moved to safety, where he often played at West.

Fitz (6-0, 200 pounds) had narrowed his choices down to Dayton and Lehigh before deciding on Lehigh late last week.

�It was a little closer to home,� said Fitz, who plans to study engineering. �And Lehigh has academic prestige. I felt like it had everything I wanted.�

Pennridge wide receiver Jimmy Jefferson also picked Lehigh, a decision he reached after an official visit over the weekend.

The 6-4, 200-pound Jefferson was down to Wagner, Hofstra and Lehigh, but then Penn State wide receivers coach Mike McQueary offered him the chance to be a preferred walk-on in recent weeks.

Jefferson said thanks, but no thanks.

�What myself and my parents talked about was going to a place where you know you're wanted,� said Jefferson, a first-team All-SOL National and first-team All-Intell pick. �They also have great academics there, which is very strong for me.�
nick Koch Valley coach said…
No players from the Lehigh Valley ?
This is why Lehigh is Lehigh.
The Lehigh Valley is a football hotbed and noone is good enough for Lehigh.
Lehigh needs Lehigh Valley Football players, AND MOSTLY A LEHIGH VALLEY COACH ! The Valley is rich in football tradition, Lehigh IS NOT !
Look at Lehigh's staff, get me a tough nosed Valley coach, not Ivy League Wussies.

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