Skip to main content

More Lehigh Recruiting News, Including Two Verbals

We're just about a month away from hearing about Lehigh's incoming football class of 2013, and the rumor mill is still swirling about possible commits. Here's the rumor mill - and two verified verbal commits.

(Note: the opinions offered are only my own, based on what I've read and seen.)

OL/DL Collin Bremer (Abington Heights HS, PA)
The skinny: More local talent is finding its way to Bethlehem, as this all-star 6'5 255 lb lineman from the Lackawanna Football Conference reported has picked Lehigh over Bucknell, Colgate, Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut State. Abington Heights was known for having a talented, deep "O" line this year, so I'd think he looks like a possibility first on the "O" line. You have to love reading quotes like this: “I went down for my visit and I felt very comfortable there,” Bremer said. “They have a great football program there and the academics are top notch.”

QB Mike Colvin (Morristown HS, NJ)
The skinny: (Pictured) The son of a former Lehigh football player, the kid who grew up watching games at Murray Goodman is reportedly coming to the Mountain Hawks to play for the home team. Just today, Colvin announced he's coming to Lehigh after making official visits to Bethlehem and Georgetown. Reportedly, FBS schools Buffalo, Akron, Syracuse and NC State were all rumored to be sniffing around, but the report says that Colvin "was so impressed with Lehigh during his official visit last weekend that he gave a verbal commitment." Want more love? "When I got to Lehigh, I knew that was where I wanted to go," he said to the Daily Record. "They have a lot of tradition. Football is a big deal there. Academics are big. There is a balance."

Looking at his film, ESPN grades him as a very high 74, praising his tools but calling him "green". The video shows that he stands up in the pocket well and has a terrific arm. At 6'2 and 195 lbs, some good mobility - and time to grow - Colvin seems like a real terrific get.

DE Tom Bianchi (West Essex HS, NJ)
The skinny: Listed as a "solid verbal" coming to Lehigh per This 6'2, 231 lb defensive end graded out as a 64 from ESPN's recruiting website and listed Army, Boston College, Syracuse, New Hampshire as Penn as possible destinations - so we may have stole him away from Penn if that's the case. (Always good to see Lehigh reportedly taking recruits away from the Ivy League.) Looking at the video from that site, he showed really good push from the 3-4 defense they played, and got a good amount of pressure on the quarterback and disruption of the running game. He's listed as a "solid prospect" - for FBS schools. Looks like a real keeper at the FCS level.

QB Tyler Wilhelm (Seminole Ridge HS, FL)

The skinny: Listed last year as a very early potential prospect for Lehigh, this 6'3, 180 lb QB - who was injured during his crucial junior year - has recently been linked again to Lehigh. Reportedly in competition with South Dakota or Mercyhurst for a full scholarship, he is reported to have a chance to go to Lehigh with what they call a "partial scholarship" (read: a grant-in-aid that has some component that his family would have to pay) after having a very good senior year. Listed as a "dual-threat" QB.

LB/FB/TE Taylor Marsh (Jupiter Christian HS, FL)
The skinny: Listed Lehigh as one of his choices, as well as Colgate, Columbia, Fordham, Jacksonville, Penn, Wofford, Applachian State, The Citadel and others. One of the linchpins of one of the best high school teams in Florida, his defense helped anchor the back-to-back state champions with 78 tackles in 10 games. His video on YouTube shows good vision and good physical play. He looks like he'd be a good fit in Lehigh's 3-4 defense.

DB/WR Mario Conte (Mullen HS, CO)
The skinny: Colorado isn't a place where we get the most recruits, but the 5'11, 180 lb senior from the state championship team has listed Dartmouth, North Dakota, Northern Colorado, and Lehigh as three schools where he's getting "interest". He has a video on (subscription required) and notably had 5 interceptions his junior year, but he's also played WR.


Popular posts from this blog

Remembering Lehigh's Battles With The Late Tubby Raymond

(Photo Credits: Delaware Online)

When I heard the news Tubby Raymond, legendary Delaware head football coach, died last week at the age of 92, two immediate memories came rushing back to me.

One occurred on October 16th, 1999, when Tubby had made a complaint to the local paper or radio in the run-up to Kevin Higgins' Mountain Hawks beating his Blue Hens on Delaware's homecoming, 42-35.

I have no idea if the quote even actually happened, but my recollection is that Tubby said that Lehigh had "St. Bartholomew's" on their schedule, and hadn't played anybody.  It was a verbal jab that many Delaware fans took with them to the stands to heckle the Mountain Hawk fans that made the short trip to Newark.

Up until that point, I had watched a bunch of Lehigh football games over the years.  I experienced their rise in the 1990s.  I enjoyed wins, and championships, and playoff victories.

But never had I felt a win so viscerally vindicating than the one over Tubby Raymond&…

Lehigh Wrestling Gets Superstar Treatment at PPL Center. Lehigh Football Needs The Same At Murray Goodman.

"We knew it would be nice," Lehigh wrestling head coach Pat Santoro said. "But it was even better than we expected."

Pat was talking about the reception his Lehigh wrestling squad experienced at Allentown's PPL Center this weekend, when a sellout crowd over nearly 10,000 people came to watch No. 1 Penn State grapple with No. 5 Lehigh in a collegiate wrestling event.

It was, by all accounts, something special to behold. 

"I thought it was really cool and an exciting place to wrestle," said Penn State wrestler Nick Nevills. "These fans were really into it, a rowdy bunch. It's a lot more fun as an athlete to wrestle in an environment like this. I'd say it was one of the most exciting times I have had in my career."

The sense of spectacle at the PPL center, though, puts a spotlight on what more can be done at Lehigh itself to make their athletic contests into spectacles.  It requires money to be spent and energy to be expended.  But the…

Troy Pelletier Hasn't Stopped Outworking His Rivals On His Journey To Professional Football

Many Patriot League football fans remember the 153rd meeting between Lehigh and Lafayette, one that ended happily for the Mountain Hawks.

They might remember the MVP performance of QB Brad Mayes, or perhaps the halftime speech by OL Zach Duffy that seemed to spur the Mountain Hawks to victory.

Or perhaps they might remember the spectacular single play of Mayes rolling right and finding WR Gatlin Casey in the end zone to give the Mountain Hawks a lead they didn't relinquish.  It was an incredible play by Mayes, who returns this upcoming year for his senior season, and Casey, who, having exhausted his eligibility at Lehigh, will be playing one more year at Middle Tennessee State.

As great as those individual moments are, though, they are not my biggest takeaway of that game.

Too many Lehigh people forget that Lehigh was down 31-21 at half, and that victory was no sure thing.  And they sometimes forget that so much of that victory came from the grinding of WR Troy Pelletier, deliver…