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Press Roundup Of Incoming Class

The results are in from the media, and overall it looks like both Keith Groller of The Morning Call and Paul Solokowski of The Express-Times gave glowing reviews.

The player of the class? The consensus from these two seems to by incoming QB Chris Lum:

Coach Andy Coen was pleased with the entire list of 27 newcomers, but the name that probably attracted the most interest is quarterback Chris Lum, a 6-2, 190-pound Pontiac, Mich., product who was named all-state and passed for more than 3,000 yards in an injury-shortened career at Lake Orion High.

"He's a good player," Coen said. "He was very highly touted as a junior. Then he broke his forearm on his non-throwing arm before last season and some people backed off. But I was very impressed with him on film and he's a nice young man and we're excited to have him. He's a dropback passer, but athletic."

Coen looks forward to spirited competition for his next starting signal caller.

"The whole quarterback thing will be really interesting because we really don't have an heir apparent," he said. "[Bokosky] played at the end of last season and we recruited two good kids last year who we felt good about. So, there will be a lot of competition here in the spring. [Lum] will join it once he gets here."

Coen didn't rule out the possibility that Lum could make an immediate impact.

"I saw it before with Phil Stambaugh," he said, speaking of the former Pius X star.

Coach Coen didn't make any bones about it: the four QBs this summer will be in a battle royale for the starting QB spot. For the three QBs this spring: rising junior QB Chris Bokosky, rising sophomore QB Trace Cisneros, and rising sophomore QB J.B. Clark will definitely be jockeying for position going into the summer.

Coach Coen overall seemed very pleased with the incoming class:

Coen found five offensive lineman with size and speed, including 6-4, 280-pound Stephen Ganoe, from Ridge, N.H., Vinny Pellegrini (6-3, 290 pounds from Boca Raton, Fla.), and Troy McKenna (6-4, 275 pounds from Bergen Catholic).

"Most of them are big, fast kids," Coen said. "They're athletic kids, every one of them.

"It's balanced, (between) offense-defense," said Coen of his new class. We addressed the needs that we really needed to. We've got kids who can run; we've got kids who are big and good athletes."

I'm opening a new poll asking you, the fans, who you think the player that could have the most impact in the incoming class.

Look for more about the incoming class this week, including my "Five Faces To Watch" and maybe words from coach Coen himself.

Comments

Anonymous said…
I think that theres two other impact lineman that we didnt mention; Jim Leibler and William Reich. Leibler had great film and hes a big body kid(6'3'' 280) and Reich, comming off a knee, has great physical numbers(40, shuttle etc..)and had very solid jr. film. I think it will be the two lineman from FL and the boy from MA that will lead our OLine, and our team to many wins the next four years.
Anonymous said…
A poll like this is self defeating. It puts undue pressure on kids and makes the unnamed and low vote receivers look like losers and not wanted in some minds. Who knows who will be the best. Until proven otherwise, they are all positive additions.
Chuck B '92 said…
I appreciate the sentiment about the poll - my feeling it's meant as a way for fans to express their opinion on which recruit they're most excited about. It's not meant as a slight against any recruit who's not listed in the poll - if you made it in the incoming class, you're clearly wanted. Believe me I want them all to make great contributions to the school!

I agree that nobody knows who the best will be. I am looking forward to finding out!

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