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Lehigh Football Prospect Friday: Working For It

With only 11 days until "signing day", it's starting to get interesting in the world of college football recruiting.  Even though Lehigh doesn't announce their incoming class of 2014 exactly on "signing day" (historically, Lafayette announces theirs, and Lehigh announces theirs a week later in order to maximize local press coverage), there's still plenty of buzz on who the new football members might be.  (Even though, technically, we're in a "quiet period" in recruiting right now.)

Like the Ivy League, the Patriot League recruits nationally, due to their requirements for high academics.  There are a lot of football athletes out there, but not a lot of them can boast 3.85 GPAs and high board scores.  While Patriot League schools can and do tap players from the local area, in recent years they've gone all over the United States to find the type of student-athlete that fits the bill.  It's sometimes hard to think of an eastern Pennsylvania school with senior QB J.B. Clark (Florida native) passing to sophomore WR James Flynn (California native), but that's the reality of today's Patriot League.  It's an international and intra-national school.

With the Any Given Saturday message board down for the forseeable future, and my troubles getting the Lehigh Sports Forum back online, I had to actually work to get information about six recruits this week.  Without (much) help from message board legend RichH, here's my analysis of six recruits that have Lehigh on their radar screens.  (More)

  • Let's start with the big guy whose picture is in the leader.  From Nease High school in Florida comes OL Devin Cochrane, a 6'2 285 lb monster that many Ivy League or Patriot League school would crave.  Listed on Nease's prospect page, he lists Colgate, Holy Cross, Bucknell, Lafayette and Lehigh as potential schools - but also Penn, as well as an offer from Yale.  Cochrane helped pave the way for passing QB Tyler Weir to throw over 4,100 yards and 43 TDs as a member of the Panthers.  (Weir is a pretty hot recruiting commodity himself, with William & Mary, Furman and Towson recruiting him - and another former Lehigh head coach, Pete Lembo, also interested in him at Elon.  Of course, coming from the same Florida high school that gave us Tim Tebow, you'd expect some interest, eh?)
  • From Florida to California.   S Trevor Weis out of Tesoro High School lists Cal Poly, Cornell, Dartmouth and Lehigh as schools of interest on his profile.  As a senior, in 10 games for the Titans he had 74 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, and 8 passes defensed.  He ran a 4.7 40 yard dash as well, according to Scout.  From his school's prospect page, he seems to be strong as well (bench pressing 300 lbs).  Impressive numbers - as were his junior year's, where he had 4 interceptions.
  • Still in California, Lehigh is listed on the page as well of S Nick Okano out of Harvard-Westlake.  Lehigh has made an offer: trouble is, so has most of the Ivy League, Colgate, Georgetown, two service academies, and (for good measure) Cal Poly, Portland State, Northern Arizona and North Dakota.  There's no doubt he'd have a chance to step right in where senior DB/KR John "Prez" Kennedy would leave off after the 2010 season- Okano had 12 career interceptions and over 189 career tackles for his team, as well as an average of 23 yards per kickoff return and 10 yards per punt return.
  • From California to "deep in the heart of Texas".  From Rowlett, TX, WR Will Beasley lists Lehigh, Columbia, Lafayette and Georgetown - as well as FBS Southern Methodist and Air Force - on his Rivals profile.  A member of the all District 4A-10 football team,  he concentrated on wideout as a senior to the tune of 746 yards and 4 TDs - and a 5th on a 48 yard end-around.  As a junior, he returned kicks so there is the potential for him to do that at Lehigh, too.  Gotta like stories like this courtesy of Next Level"On second and seven, Beasley broke free on a seam rout (sic) from the slot position and despite a desperate attempt by the Rowlett defender to contain him, pulled in a 35 yard one handed grab with the defender hanging off of his body. This was the 'Play of the Game!'"
  • Closer to home - specifically, Marlton, New Jersey at Cherokee High School - comes potential prospect RB Sean Farrell.  Listing Holy Cross, Penn and Lehigh as his potential destinations on Rivals, the 6'3, 230 lb back certainly is not a prototypical undersized scatback by any reach of the imagination - but he certainly has produced like one, with 1,070 yards and 21 TDs for the Chiefs last year.  Sound good?  Even better is this writeup on Farrell by the South Jersey Courier-Post Online.  "Ask any coach who’s had to game plan against Farrell and they all pretty much same the same thing – slow him down early.  “You better stop him before he gets his shoulders square,’’ Pennsauken’s Clinton Tabb said. “He’s a bull to bring down.  When he gets going, it takes more than one guy to bring him down. And if he does get going, you’re in trouble.’’"  Sounds awfully intriguing - the question is, would you play him at RB or FB?
  • Finally - word out of Ohio of another recruit, LB Pat Behm, getting an offer from Lehigh to go with his offers from non-scholarship Dayton, Butler and an array of sub-D-I schools.  The 6-3, 190-pound senior defensive end was Division II Northeast Lakes co-Defensive Player of the Year, and was a monster in the middle - one game, he racked up 20 tackles in a 20-13 loss.As if that and his presence on the all-Academic team were not enough, his profile on his school website says a bit more: "I like to spend my time hanging out with friends, sleeping and looking for UFO's with my main man Abourjeily."  I don't know about you, but I think Lehigh needs more kids that look for UFOs AND have Abourjeily as their main man, don't you?


rich said…
Nice pick up with Weiss. Think Okano took ED from Yale.
Big weekend for campus visits. Shuld see some signings next week

Big thanks for the thankless work you've put in for LU forum
ngineer said…
Football recruits got to see a nice butt-kicking of Laugheytte tonight at Stabler, 75-57. Student section had a nice "Just like football!" chant going.
And I echo RichH. Thanks for the updates. Might as well check in at
rich said…
Big weekend for campus visits. Hope Andy keeps his signing % from prior years.
rich said…
Negative news so far.

Bormann, Dzurko OL tok LC over LU
Likewise Dann another OL took GU
Anonymous said…
Lehigh got a commitment from a VA kid from Charlottesville thanks to Coach Sanders and his hard work.
rich said…
Got a name?
rich said…
New qb

Brandon Bialkowski Gilbert Ariz

** Rival 6'0" 165
Offered Princeton and LU
Chuck B '92 said…
Got a pretty good lead on a New Jersey HS RB coming to Lehigh... won't report it until it's confirmed... but a good one, I think.
rich said…
I was just going to post on NJ but I will wait for you.We have a bunch sitting there. Tried to track down Va kid but no luck yet.
rich said…
Mike Quinn QB Wayne Hills took Elon offer

but we did get ther K/P Tim Divers
A-C,A-A and A-S. Guess he should be OK
Anonymous said…
Kid from VA was all district and region at the saftey position,6'1 170 with room to grow
rich said…
Early info, HC seems to be leading the pack with LC a close 2nd. Not surprising. LU confirmed signings a WR,LB and a K/P. Plus a DB frm Va,identity unknown. Rumor 2 rbs.

Nothing else new as of last night.
rich said…
Bialkowski visiting campus this coming weekend with his parents
rich said…
Matt Lippincott G/C Wilson HS signed with us over Princetn and LC
rich said…
Back to negative

OL kid from Manchester signed with Monmouth over LU and T.Robinson SS Ohio signed with LC over us. LC is killing us so far in head to head recruits.

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