Skip to main content

Lehigh Announces Class of 2016

For the first time, I scooped them.

Today, the afternoon before the football team is to be honored at halftime of the American/Lehigh women's basketball clash in Stabler, Lehigh athletics officially announced the members of the incoming class of 2016.

For the first time, though, their list of 22 recruits did not match my 24 announced recruits that I had compiled over the course of the last two weeks.

What came of the two names that were on my list that didn't make it to Lehigh's, ATH Conor Gum and WR Julian Turner?


"Turner changed his mind at the last minute and went to Navy," Lehigh sports information director Steve Lomangino told me today.

And thanks to Michael LoRe of the Express-Times, we also know more about why Conor Gum, who had been the subject of two newspaper articles mentioning that he's going to Lehigh, isn't listed either: he's coming in as a "preferred walk-on":

Coen also confirmed Conor Gum (Pen Argyl) applied to Lehigh early decision, was accepted and has been given an official invite to join the football team.
There will be much more on the incoming names as I get them, but as it stands now, here is the full list of the class of 2016.

For video of all the recruits, you can go to Lehigh's release, or my original blog posting with video of all the recruits.


Lehigh Football Class of 2016
Name
Pos.
Ht./Wt.
Hometown/High School
College
Donnyell Burgeous, Jr.
LB
6-2/230
Hackensack, N.J./Hackensack
Arts and Sciences
Dan Brown
RB
5-10/185
Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South
Arts and Sciences
Steven Camasta
OL
6-2/275
Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack
Arts and Sciences
Josh Chiasson
DL
6-4/225
Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s
Engineering
Austin Devine
K/P
6-3/195
Oradell, N.J./Bergen Catholic
Business
Matt Ford
OL
6-3/265
Wall, N.J./Wall
Business
Ryan James
OL
6-3/295
Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway
Engineering
Grant Jamgochian
DL
6-3/230
Newtown Square, Pa./The Haverford School
Arts and Sciences
DJ Kee
RB
5-11/185
Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur
Arts and Sciences
Derek Knott
WR
5-9/160
Orlando, Fla./Colonial
Arts and Sciences
Cody Kondas
LB
6-2/220
Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central
Business
LaQuan Lambert
DB
6-1/180
Chichester, Pa./Chichester
Business
Matthew Laub
LB
6-3/215
Coplay, Pa./Parkland
Business
Randall Lawson
DB
5-11/180
Clarksville, Md./River Hill
Business
Tony Manganiello
OL
6-1/255
Berkeley Heights, N.J./Governor Livingston
Business
Terez Owens
OL
6-2/310
Bear, Del./Red Lion Christian Academy
Business
Greg Palma
DL
6-3/240
Nutley, N.J./Nutley
Business
Russhon Phillips
DB
6-1/170
Conshohocken, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh
Arts and Sciences
Olivier Rigaud
DB
6-0/175
Hollywood, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter
Business
Noah Robb
LB
6-3/195
Orefield, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic
Engineering
Chris Ruhl
TE
6-4/240
Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Abington
Engineering
Matthew Verdon
LB
6-5/195
Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek
Business

Comments

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…