Skip to main content

Lehigh Commit: LB James Coscia

We have our first commit of the class of 2015, and he's a defensive end/linebacker out of East Stroudsburg.

It was reported by Rivals that LB James Coscia has verbally committed to Lehigh.

His story, as told by the Pocono Record, is one of how Lehigh's camps and outreach to football recruits in the community can help in attracting a top academic/athletic athlete and helping high school football players become Division I-ready. (more)


Helpfully, James has a website with all his information on it, including a YouTube highlight video and his important information. Academically, he has a 3.9 weighted GPA, is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, and has a combined 1700 (new) SAT average.



But it's the Pocono Record article that really shows how recruiting is a multi-year process. The article was written in his junior year, but there's plenty in there to indicate how Lehigh's camps and people helped him become a Division I player:

"He can run, he's very, very quick and he knows what he's doing," Eastburg South coach Ed Christian said [going into his senior year]. "He can anticipate. He's a smart kid. He has great grades and on the football field he's very smart and that's a plus for us."

Getting experience against some elite talent during the offseason also helped Coscia's game.

He attended camps at Lehigh, Penn and Rutgers and also was at the Schuman's Underclassmen Combine. Those experiences gave Coscia the chance to compare his skills against other talented players, while picking up some helpful pointers.

"They're all great camps," Coscia said. "They're all different which I like. It's just great to go out there and compete against the best of the best and see where I'm at. The competition at camps, especially the Rutgers one I was at, there are kids from all over like Florida and California. You learn a lot, too. The coaches teach you the college techniques and what works up there. It's just great to learn and show them what I can do."

Coscia, who had 14 sacks and 84 tackles in 2009, packed on 20 pounds to his 6-foot-3 frame with some hard work and the help of Lehigh University strength coach Eric Markovcy.

"He's developed a great program," said Coscia, a three-year starter for the two-time defending Mountain Valley Conference champion Cavaliers. "He has different phases for power, speed, explosion. Great programs that really get us stronger and bigger for the season."

It helped Coscia put on the weight college coaches were looking for him to gain.

To play defensive end at the next level, Coscia, whose best time in the 40-yard dash is 4.66 seconds, knew staying at his junior weight wouldn't cut it. Schools like Rutgers, Lehigh, Penn, Villanova have all expressed interest, but he's still waiting for that first scholarship offer.

"The biggest thing is obviously my weight," Coscia said. "Recruiting me as a defensive end they'd like to see me heavier and that was my goal in the offseason. I gained 20 pounds, but I'd still like to gain some more. I have the speed, I just need the weight."
As "Signing Day" approaches of February 2nd, we're going to get even more of an idea of which new athletes will be coming in to compete as Mountain Hawks.  And if Coscia is any indication, we don't have anything to worry about.

Comments

Anonymous said…
he has de-committed from Lehigh and apparently has changed his commitment to that school "down the road."

Popular posts from this blog

Nick Shafnisky Is Pushing Hard to Get To Play at the Next Level in Football

"Don't take anything for granted, just keep pushing."
Those are the words of QB Nick Shafnisky, told to The Whitehall-Coplay Press all the way back in 2013, about his preparation as a high school athlete.
And they seem to summarize the Whitehall, PA native perfectly, then as now.
Dubbed the "Male Athlete of the Year" by that publication, the article goes on about Shaf's many exploits at Whitehall high school - leading the Zephyr football team to a co-Lehigh Valley Conference title, becoming the first player ever in that conference to rush and pass for over 1,000 yards, and earning the league's co-MVP award as well.
He also was a member of the Zephyrs playoff basketball team, and for good measure also helped set a record for the 4x100 relay team as well.
At Whitehall, and at Lehigh, coaches pushed him, but it was his own hard work that helped make him the best athlete he could be.
This weekend, Shaf, like every eligible college football player, will be …

What Are You Doing the Night of Lehigh's 2017 Home Opener?

I have this vision.

It's the weekend of the home opener at Murray Goodman Stadium, Labor Day weekend.  It could be a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.

And it's 6:00 PM.

In 2018, the Lehigh football team will open the season with a big celebration of the football program - at Navy, Lehigh's first game against an FBS team in over a decade.

In 2017, why not, as a one-off opportunity, try to have one Lehigh football game, the home opener, be the first-ever night game at Murray Goodman Stadium?

Will it cost money?  Yes.  Will it be easy?  Probably not.

However, is it doable?  I've got to believe the answer is "yes".


Seven Positive Thoughts About All the Patriot League Recruiting Classes

It's recruiting season.  Every incoming recruit is a Patriot League all-star, everyone is a first team all-American, everyone is undefeated.  It's all good times, a chance for kids to be admitted to some of the best Universities in the world.  In that, it's a win for everyone.

While we wait for each of the remaining recruits to be announced as a part of their recruiting classes, I thought I'd comb through all of the incoming classes of the Patriot League and tell you what sticks out to me.

This summart isn't a ratings-based system, than folks like 247Sports have in terms of measuring the number of "starred recruits" (they list Holy Cross as the "winner"), or even a hybrid-based system, like LFN's yearly Patsy Ratings (last seasons "winner": Lehigh) or HERO Sports' list of the top overall FCS recruits (which lists Lafayette as the "winner").  It's just one guy, looking at the recruit lists, and giving his opinion.