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Lehigh Football Prospect Friday: Now, Defense

Last week, I introduced a new feature called "Football Prospect Friday", where I simply crib of the research that nameless hard-working folks (usually named RichH) have already done for me and posted to the Lehigh Sports Forum already.  (Just kidding... if you read my blog postings, you'll see that I actually give some background on all these players!)

For those that missed last week's episode, where I detail six offensive players, you can follow the link. For those readers who have already enjoyed thinking about those players all week, I have a fresh new batch of players to consider this afternoon.  Let's look at the possible Mountain Hawks on the defensive side of the ball, shall we? (more)

  • It's my official stance, dear Reader, that there are simply not enough Burtons on Lehigh recruiting lists.  (Maybe I'm just paving the way just in case my six year old son is interested in getting recruited, but I digress.)  That's why I was so happy to see LB/FB Michael Burton appear on Lehigh recruiting lists this month (pictured; photo courtesy  The West Morris Central HS (NJ) student had a great senior year as a RB, getting 1,770 yards and 20 TDs.  The 6'0, 215 lb senior has gotten the interest of a lot of programs - including Rutgers, according to Scout.  "He visited Monmouth in December, will visit Maine this weekend and will make an official visit to either Lehigh or Lafayette the weekend of Jan. 22."  Rivals lists him has having offers already from Maine, New Hampshire, Towson, Monmouth... and Lehigh.  Let's hope that upcoming visit goes well!
  • In the past few years, Lehigh has gotten some traction on the West Coast (senior LB Troy Taylor, and sophomore WR James Flynn among others).  Word out of Cali is that P/LB Jeremy Stein has an official visit to Lehigh lined up soon.  "Northwestern is encouraging me to walk on as a punter," Rivals reported. "I'm still open to everyone at this point, but I'm taking an official visit to Drake and Lehigh." The report goes on to say that Stein has offers from Butler, Drake, Lehigh, and Northern Arizona "but is hoping that either Northwestern or Stanford will come through with a late offer."  As a linebacker, the 6'1, 210 lb LB had 71 tackles - and a 46 yard average punting (through mid-October).
  • Back from our backyard, another player rumored to be considering Lehigh is DT/OL Micale Allen, who was in the Philadelphia Daily News' All-Catholic Second Team (as an offensive guard).  A National Honor Society member, his height is listed everywhere from 5'9 to 6'1 on an assortment of sites and lists Villanova, Penn, Lafayette, and Princeton as potential schools.  He attended camps at UPenn and Delaware last season - so maybe the Blue Hens are also in the mix.
  • In my effort to compete with RichH on recruiting information, I always like to find at least one guy that he doesn't have in his list of prospectives.  I had to go all the way out to Mullen HS in Colorado to find him, but find him I did: 6'1 198 lb S Dylan Storm.  Aside from having arguably one of the most perfect "football names" out there, he was a part of the 14-0 Colorado Class 5A state championship team.  An enforcer, Storm was a big part of that Mullen win with two takeways and "blew up a late Pomona sweep for a key loss" in their 27-24 win over Pomona"It was a team effort, not about individuals," Storm said after the game, showing that he knows the score on defense, too.  He has no fewer than 14 names on his Rivals page, from schools as diverse as FBS schools (Wyoming, Utah State) to Pioneer Football league teams (San Diego, Drake) and Ivies (Cornell, Dartmouth) as well as Lehigh.
  • If PA Football News is correct - and I have no reason to believe they're not - Lehigh has already signed a player right out of Bucknell's backyard.  LB/TE Cody Raup is a 6'4, 215 lb player who was a member of the Reading Eagle's All-Anthracite team (as a LB).  The listing adds: "Had 87 tackles and two interceptions as the [Green] Dragons made first district final."  (Can we finally call Lehigh "Linebacker U." now over Penn State?  Can we?)
  • Finally - aw heck - I need to tweak RichH a little bit more.  His list doesn't include LB Tyler Zeoli, an Upper Merion product who has Lehigh listed as a "college choice" on his Rivals page (as well as Penn State, Pitt, Princeton and Villanova).  He made the Suburban I All-Conference team (first team), and certainly looks like a team leader judging by some of the Upper Merion game recaps.


rich said…
Check again Chuck I do have Zeoli and Storm. Raup is listed as signed but more recent news article has it open. Hope Pa News correct. Storm still possible but OL from mULLEN, Pecoskey took schollie from N.Dak.

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