Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Big Little Brother Heading This Way

John Paul Flores, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound brother of first-team All-Ivy League and All-New England center Jacob Flores '16, has Tweeted his commitment to Dartmouth HERE. John Paul, a senior at All Saints Episcopal High School in Fort Worth, Texas, has another older brother, Charlie, who played at Columbia, another of the schools that was recruiting him.

Find John Paul Flores' highlight video HERE.

Jacob Flores spent a year with the Green Bay Packers. (LINK)
Here's an area-by-area look at what we *think* we know about the Dartmouth recruiting class so far per the confirmed early decision admits and Twitter. (Additions and corrections encouraged ;-)

Calvin Atkeson, 6-4, 284
Ravenscroft School
Raleigh, N.C.
John Paul Flores, 6-4, 270
All Saints Episcopal High School
Fort Worth, Texas
Griffin Lehman, 6-4, 270
The Hill School
Pottstown, Pa.
Andrew Paxton, 6-4 285
Detroit Central Catholic High School
Novi, Mich.

Joe Kramer, 6-4, 225
Westwood High School
Washington, N.J.
Robbie Mangas, 6-3, 244
Gonzaga College High School
Washington, D.C.

Devin Powell, 6-3, 211
Marvin Ridge High School
Waxhaw, N.C.
Christopher Sykes, 6-4, 193
St. Louis School
Honolulu, Hawaii

Zack Bair, 5-10, 186
Red Bank Catholic High School
Red Bank, N.J.

Toby Adedara, 6-4, 232
St. Charles North High School
St. Charles, Ill.
Luca Di Leo, 6-1, 302
Choate Rosemary Hall
Wallingford, Conn.
Alex Schmidt, 6-2, 265
Peddie School
Hightstown, N.J.

Joe Heffernan, 6-1½, 207
Marquette University High School
Milwaukee, Wis.
Carson Reich, 6-2½, 228
The Woodlands High School
The Woodlands, Texas

Joshua Betts, 6-2, 176
Manatee High School
Bradenton, Fla.
Isaiah Johnson, 6-2, 190
Detroit Country Day School
Beverly Hills, Mich.
Landon McDermott, 5-11½, 178
Lovejoy High School
Lucas, Texas
John Pupel, 6-1, 195
Episcopal High School
Alexandria, Va.

Dartmouth athletic teams only recently started using John Scotford's iconic Lone Pine logo on uniforms. Now the college has devised a new mark (and new font). Read about them in The Dartmouth. Will we be seeing this on uniforms? On the side of an alternate football helmet? Stay tuned.

What I can say is that it is a huge improvement on this old logo, which I've been told was intended to represent the hills of New Hampshire, or something ;-)


If the message board chatter is correct, Yale Bowl will be installing FieldTurf prior to next season.

Folks have suggested for years the problem was that the Bowl's surface is below sea level (sounds like an urban legend) but for whatever reason the grass/mud at Yale is frequently an unruly thatch of grass and mud. If you watched the Harvard-Yale game from New Haven last November you saw a good example of how sloppy the field can be. The shame is that Yale great Tyler Varga had to deal with that mess. It will be interesting to see how freshman phenom Zane Dudek performs on a clean, fast surface the next three years.

Monday, January 22, 2018

New Week, New Name

Joshua Betts, a 6-foot-2, 176-pound safety from Manatee High School and Bradenton, Fla., has Tweeted his commitment to Dartmouth HERE.

Betts' Twitter feed lists offers from Pioneer Football League members Jacksonville and Stetson as well several lower division schools. In addition to football he runs track.

Find his highlight video HERE.

Betts will join former Manatee teammate Seth Walter at Dartmouth.
Speaking of Walter, he placed fourth in the shot and wide receiver Masaki Aerts fourth in the 200 as the Dartmouth indoor track team won a tri-meet with Yale and Columbia over the weekend at Leverone Field House.
As a result of yesterday's games, the Super Bowl will have Dartmouth Class of '14 members on both sides. Former linebacker and captain Bronson Green works for the New England Patriots organization and Ryan Paganetti, who spent some time on the Big Green roster as a running back before injuries caught up to him, is with the Philadelphia Eagles organization. (See earlier BGA Daily posting.)

Both the Patriots and Eagles have players Dartmouth went up against four times. New England fullback James Develin '09 was a defensive end at Brown and Philadelphia safety Corey Graham, who picked off a pass yesterday, was a standout at New Hampshire from 2003-06.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

One More

Three emailers sent along this one. Thanks and keep 'em coming!

Add to the list of incoming Dartmouth recruits Andrew Paxton, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive lineman from Detroit Central Catholic High School who chose Dartmouth over Yale, Cornell, a preferred walk-on spot at Stanford and other possibilities. Find his commitment Tweet HERE.

A member of the Detroit Free Press All-North high school football team, Paxton helped the Shamrocks eclipse 3,000 rushing yards this year. He was chosen to the all-state Division 1-2 honorable-mention team.

Offensive line highlight videos aren't usually as entertaining as those of quarterbacks and running backs, but it's kind of fun to watch Paxton punishing would-be tacklers HERE.
Speaking of recruiting, a PhD candidate at the University of Iowa has come up with an algorithm that between a high schooler's Twitter account and bio information can predict with about 70 percent accuracy where a player will land before he makes his commitment official. Check out the story HERE.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Where Are They Now?

A couple of entries from the, "Whatever Happened To . . ." department.

Ryan Paganetti '14, who showed brief flashes at running back before injuries led to him leaving the Dartmouth football program, is a game away from the Super Bowl as a behind-the-scenes assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles. From an ESPN story on the team's use of analytics:
The situations in which the Eagles decide to strike might seem random, but in fact they are quite calculated. And they're often decided before the start of the game -- or even before the start of the season. The approach is driven by an analytics team so involved in the operation that two members of the department -- including coaching assistant/linebackers coach Ryan Paganetti, a Dartmouth grad with a degree in economics -- communicate with (Coach Doug) Pederson in-game.
Whatever Paganetti and the Eagles have been doing, it has worked. From the story:
The results of the fourth-down bids have been overwhelmingly in favor of the Eagles. According to ESPN Stats & Information, they have scored a touchdown or field goal on 13 of the 18 drives in which they converted a fourth down, totaling 85 points (4.7 points per drive). The times they went for it on fourth down and didn't convert, the opposing team didn't score a single point on the subsequent drive. 
Also a game away from (another) Super Bowl is former Dartmouth linebacker and captain Bronson Green '14, the the New England Patriots’ site operations manager who is shamed into showing off his Super Bowl ring whenever he visits practice.

Jonathan DiBiaso, the record-setting quarterback from Everett High School in Massachusetts who transferred to Tufts after injuries helped derail his career, spent last fall as an assistant coach at Catholic Memorial High School in Massachusetts. That's a note in a story about his father, legendary coach John DiBiaso, taking over as the school's head coach next season. (LINK)
Penn wide receiver Justin Watson is playing in the East-West Shrine Game today and learned this week he's been invited to play in the Senior Bowl next week. Also invited to the Senior Bowl is Brown defensive end Dewey Jarvis.
Dartmouth back Wyatt Omsberg, who helped the Big Green to four consecutive conference championships, has made history as the first Ivy League player ever chosen in the first round of the MLS Super Draft. He was taken 15th by Minnesota. (LINK)

From the Dartmouth release:
Omsberg becomes the fifth player in program history to be drafted by the MLS after Stefan Cleveland was drafted by the Chicago Fire in 2017. Lucky Mkosana was selected by the Fire as well as the No. 23 overall pick in 2012, and former Big Green players Daniel Keat and Bobby Meyer also played in the MLS. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

And Another

Isaiah Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound defensive back at Detroit Country Day, has Tweeted his decision to continue his athletic and academic career at Dartmouth HERE.

Johnson had 71 tackles and eight interceptions for Country Day, earning a spot on the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association all-state Division 4 first team. He was a team tri-captain in the fall.

His "offer" sheet mentions Columbia and Valparaiso among others. Check out his highlight video HERE.
The Washington Post has a lengthy story about quarterback Doc Bonner's decision to surrender an early admission spot at Dartmouth to attend Air Force. (LINK)

The story notes the QB made an official visit to the Academy last week and quotes him saying:
“Playing Jim Harbaugh in Michigan on national television with 100,000 people and fans watching you play Michigan, or Boise State. Just to have the opportunity to play in the Mountain West Conference and be able to have a chance to compete to play for a championship and a bowl game is pretty great. It is definitely big-time football there.”
Also from the story:
Bonner will not hit the field right away for Air Force. He will go through a year at Air Force Academy Preparatory School before having the opportunity to gain an appointment to the Air Force Academy the following year.  
A couple of interesting nuggets from FootballScoop, which is speculating that the NCAA could be on the verge of passing a rule to allow a football player to participate in any four games and retain their redshirt season. From FootballScoop:
The appeal is obvious. A coach battling depth issues wouldn’t be faced with the Sophie’s Choice of shortening a player’s career by one year just to get through a single game or exposing a tired player to injury in order of preserving a younger player’s redshirt. Those situations are unfair for all involved and there’s no reason not to change them.
Green Alert Take: The proposed change makes a lot of sense. Given the nature of the Ivy League's medical redshirt rule, however, it doesn't seem likely that the Ivies would follow suit.

And this from the Scoop:
Elsewhere, it sounds as if the proposal to allow a 1-time chance for players to transfer within FBS without sitting out a year is officially dead, at least for this year.
Green Alert Take: There has been chatter about what a one-time transfer rule in the FBS would mean for FCS schools. The consensus, if there is one, is that being able to transfer one time without sitting out a year would result in significantly fewer players transferring from the FBS to the FCS, a move that currently does not require missing a year.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A New Name

Add Toby Adedara, a 6-foot-4, 232-pound defensive end from St. Charles North HS in St. Charles, Ill., to the list of Dartmouth commits. Adedara Tweeted his decision HERE.

An all-conference selection, he had 70 tackles, five sacks and seven tackles for loss last fall, helping the North Stars go 9-2.

Find his MaxPreps page HERE and his senior year highlights HERE.

(Thanks for the tip. They are always welcome and appreciated ;-)

Coming And Going

This is a fun one. In the video below, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the hero of this year's national championship game, is No. 13 and a senior at Hawaii powerhouse St. Louis School.

Tagovailoa's target? That would be 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receiver Chris Sykes, wearing No. 81.

Sykes won't be catching passes in Hawaii or Tuscaloosa in the fall. Nope.

He'll be catching them in . . . Hanover as a member of Dartmouth's early decision class.

The video is from his junior year.

(If the video doesn't play for you CLICK HERE.)

Chris Sykes, by the way, isn't the only talented wide receiver in the family. Tom Loy of 247 sports Tweeted this about his younger brother Matt: "2020 WR Matt Sykes was borderline unstoppable on the day at the @ArmyAllAmerican Underclassmen Combine. Big-time performance for the Hawaii native. Will have a ton of offers down the road."
The mystery of onetime Dartmouth quarterback recruit Kendell "Doc" Bonner was resolved yesterday with his Tweet that included this graphic:

Turns out he's chosen to attend Air Force Academy rather than Dartmouth.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wednesday News

Early Decision quarterback recruit Kendell "Doc" Bonner has had a change of heart about Dartmouth. The highly regarded recruit from Maryland Tweeted his decision to "decommit" yesterday, thanking the coaching staff for believing in him and asking that people "respect my decision."
This is total silliness but if you are Dartmouth you'll take it. Something called Locker Room Talk is ranking the Big Green's locker room in Floren Varsity House as the best in the Ivy League. (LINK) The assumption here is that the ranking is based entirely on what is found online. You do have to question a site that invites you to "Shop for Dartmouth University fan gear now!"
Sad news that former Boston Celtics great JoJo White has died. (LINK) White's son Brian White '95, played football and lacrosse at Dartmouth, earning first-team All-Ivy League honors as a defensive back as a senior and then going to camp with the New England Patriot. He is now an accomplished actor with a long list of credits. (LINK)