I'm always hesitant to jump the gun on verbals to Lehigh. I've been around this long enough to realize that commitments can change.
But I've also found that when you get this close to signing day, you've got a fairly good picture as to what the class looks like.
All verbals are considered "verbals" and are very much unofficial until signing day, but many student-athletes have tweeted their commitments and their tweets are included below.
So a week before signing day, here's some information as to what we know here at LFN about the incoming class.
(A huge thank-you to Rich Heelan and Todd Cuddington, who have done a great job as they always do tracking recruits. Their constantly-updated spreadsheet is here.)
Verbal Commits (17)
DB Divine Buckrham (Kiski School, PA/Queens, NY)
Source: Rivals lists as Commit
DB Stuart Cundiff (Immaculata HS, NJ/Somerville, NJ)I am excited to announce that I will be continuing my education and football career at Lehigh University! pic.twitter.com/SPEDOdpX5I— Evan Chadbourn (@evan_chadbourn) September 8, 2016
Source: Rivals lists as Commit
55 tackles, 1 INT as senior at Immaculata
8 tackles in 1st round of Non-Public, Group 2 Playoffs in upset of top seed Hudson Catholic
LB/LS Jack Dean (Chatham HS/Chatham, NJ)
OL Jackson Evans (St. Joe's Prep/Philadelphia, PA)Happy to announce I'm committing to Lehigh University. Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way. pic.twitter.com/IPlbSCOJYg— Jason Dooling (@Jason_Dooling) January 21, 2017
OL Matt Fest (New Hope-Solebury HS/New Hope, PA)Excited and proud to announce that I will be committing to play football and further my academics at Lehigh University! #FTP #THWND pic.twitter.com/GRzay2Y0WI— Jackson Evans (@jacksonevans77) January 26, 2017
Penn Preps All State Class 3-A OL (2nd team)
DB Jaylen Floyd (Miramar HS/Miramar, FL)Very Blessed To Announce My Commitment To Lehigh University. God's Timing Is The Perfect Timing #Lehigh21 #TrustHisProcess pic.twitter.com/7YDPBPlgji— Matt Fest (@MatthewFest) January 27, 2017
LB Pete Haffner (State College HS/State College, PA)Blessed to announce that I'm officially committed to Lehigh University🙏🏾 #GoHawks @larryblustein @PLamRecruiting pic.twitter.com/xLuYAxzb8r— Jaylen Floyd📶 (@1WAY_JAY) August 23, 2016
Proud to announce that I'm going to continue my academic and athletic career at Lehigh University!! 🏈🏈 pic.twitter.com/CC0leNTGHn— Pete Haffner (@haffnerpete) January 27, 2017
The move came after a weekend visit to the school.
“I got to meet all the guys, and they were really great, and I love the coaching staff,” Haffner said. “It just seemed like the right place for me.”
Haffner received a late, preferred walk-on opportunity at Penn State just before his visit to Lehigh.
And Thursday he said the thought of playing for the Nittany Lions was “tempting.”
“But I put a lot of thought into what I should do,” he said. “Lehigh’s combination of academics and athletics was too good to pass up.”OL Chris Fournier (St. Joseph's Prep/Orleans, Ontario, Canada)
Source: 247Sports lists as Hard Commit
WR Matt Jordan (Brother Rice HS, Bloomfield, MI)I am excited to announce that I am committed to Lehigh University!!! #BeatLafayette pic.twitter.com/nQe2N71cHB— Christopher Fournier (@Chris4nier57) October 13, 2016
Blessed to say that I am committed to Lehigh University! pic.twitter.com/bwv0jnzaHW— Matt Jordan (@mjjordan22) January 31, 2017
DB Bryan "Tre" Neal III (Susquehanna Township HS/Harrisburg, PA)
I am very blessed to announce I have committed to Lehigh University ‼️#GoMountainHawks #LU🔼 pic.twitter.com/qvsNG4emaO— Tre Neal (@TreNeal_3) August 22, 2016
“My mother liked the school a lot,” said Neal. “It’s close to home and I know they have a good academics program.”
Neal attended none of Lehigh’s prospect camps, but his highlights and game film were enough to impress their coaches. “The coaches said that they like the way I break on the ball,” said Neal. Neal also added, “They like the way I come downhill and make plays in the run game. They plan on having me play cornerback on the boundary side.”LB Nate Norris (Central Bucks South HS/Warrington, PA)
ATH Jorge Portoreal (St. Peters Prep/Jersey City, NJ)I'm going to be a Mountain Hawk! pic.twitter.com/4dzzUIuETg— Nate Norris (@natenorris39) January 6, 2017
Source: 247Sports lists as Hard Commit, also Hudson Reporter
Portorreal has emerged as perhaps the premier pass catcher in the state of New Jersey.
“He’s been very impressive,” veteran St. Peter’s Prep head coach Rich Hansen said.
“He’s become one of our prime-time players, running the ball, catching the ball. He’s proven to be a top player.”
In the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 4 semifinals against rival Bergen Catholic, Portorreal caught four passes for 81 yards and a touchdown, leading the Marauders to a convincing 28-7 victory.QB Addison Shoup (Walton HS/Marietta, GA)
Source: Twitter and Recruiting Georgia
NEW COMMIT! 2017 QB @AddisonShoup (6' 1" 188) is COMMITTED to @LehighFootball! #PatriotLeague #D1FCS https://t.co/NFJsgZI4iQ pic.twitter.com/VXmx8OWZfs— Walton(GA)Recruiting (@WaltonRecruits) December 13, 2016
“Lehigh is getting a great kid, very good QB and fierce competitor. Coach Drew Folmar from Lehigh did a great job of recruiting Addison. His ability to run and pass gives him a very bright future,” [Walton recruiting coach] Monty Bumper said.
Walton Head football head coach Maurice Dixon talked about what it was like coaching Shoup the last two seasons at Walton.
“Addison was great to coach. He gave us a chance on every play with his ability to pass and keep plays alive with his feet. He had a very successful career here at Walton and we will miss his leadership and toughness. Lehigh is getting an excellent player in Addison.”ATH Erik Slater (Old Tappan HS/Tappan, NJ)
TE/DE Zac Troxell (Phillipsburg HS/Phillipsburg, NJ)I am extremely excited to announce that I have verbally committed to play football at Lehigh University. #LURising #Classof2021 pic.twitter.com/sZ0e4NyY9G— Erik Slater (@erik_slater4) January 7, 2017
So thankful and excited to say I'm continuing my academic and athletic careers at Lehigh University!!!🏈 pic.twitter.com/ySpxgoPGgF— Zac Troxell (@ZacTrox) January 22, 2017