Friday, April 18, 2014

The List

(One more player could be added.)

Jack Anderson
Offensive Lineman
6-3, 243
Palo Alto HS
Palo Alto, Calif.

Brock Bacon
6-3, 225
Trinity Christian Academy
Dallas, Texas

Colin Boit
6-1, 208
Eastside Catholic HS
Samammish, Wash.

Jarion Brown
6-1, 172
Franklin HS
Baldwin, La.

Jarius Brown
Defensive Back
5-9, 175
University HS
Lauderhill, Fla.

Brennan Cascarano
Defensive Lineman
6-1, 250
Glenbrook South HS
Glenview, Ill.

Rocco Di Leo
Defensive Lineman
6-3, 245
St. Ignatius HS
Elmhurst, Ill.

Justin Edwards
Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
6-1, 225
Peachtree Ridge HS
Lawrenceville, Ga.

Patrick Flathers
Offensive Lineman
6-5, 275
Bishop Guertin HS (NH)
Dracut, Mass.

Ben Hagaman
Tight End
Franklin HS
Nashville, Tenn.

Ian Hanselman
6-1 ½, 220
Manheim Central HS
Manheim, Pa.

Jack Heneghan
6-4, 220
Menlo School
Atherton, Calif.

Stephen Johnston
Tight End
6-4, 220
Georgetown Prep
Potomac, Md.

Charles Mack
Wide Receiver
5-11, 175
Potomac Sr. HS
Woodbridge, Va.

Eric Meile
6-1 ½, 212
Don Bosco
Ramsey, N.J.

Porter Ontko
6-0, 190
Benet Academy
Naperville, Ill.

* Anders Peterson
Offensive Lineman
6-5, 260
Tuscarora HS
Leesburg, Va.

Charles Pontarelli
Defensive Lineman
6-2, 250
Loyola Academy
Glenview, Ill.

Cameron Poole
Tight End
6-5, 230
Buford HS
Buford, Ga.

Justin Porter
5-10, 190
Kent School
Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Wyatt Schmidt
6-3, 200
St. Thomas Academy
South St. Paul, Minn.

Cameron Skaff
Tight End
6-3, 240
Battlefield HS
Haymarket, Va.

David Smith
St. Paul's School (NH)
Westmount, Quebec

Davaron Stockman
Defensive Line
6-1, 305
East St. John's HS
LaPlace, La.

Ryder Stone
Running Back
5-10, 205
Phillips Andover
Calgary, Alberta

Emory Thompson
Wide Receiver
5-10, 160
Lawrence Dunbar HS
Lexington, Kent.

Nick Tomkins
Defensive End
6-4, 235
Matawan Regional
Matawan, N.J.

Forrest Town
Running Back
5-11, 183
Zachary HS
Zachary, La.

Nick White
Running Back
5-11, 180
Henry Jackson HS
Linwood, Wash.

Ross Wood
6-1, 175
Greater Atlanta Christian
Roswell, Ga.

Andrew Yohe
Offensive Lineman
6-3, 280
Kiski Area HS
Apollo, Pa.

* Deferring for two years for Mission

Heights and weights are self-reported. Positions are subject to change. Not included on the official list, but previously reported by media outlets as choosing Dartmouth, is one more offensive lineman who may also be taking a Mission:

Tanner Aiono
Offensive Lineman
6-4 ½, 290
Francis Parker HS
Bonita, Calif.

Walk-Ons As Reported in Wednesday's BGA:

Marcus Berg
Running Back
5-8 ½, 180
Blake School
Minneapolis, Minn.

Evan Key
6-2 ½, 205
Pingry School
Short Hills, N.J.

Jimmy Knight
6-1 ½, 195
Brunswick School
Greenwich, Conn.

Kyran McKinney-Crudden
Safety/Defensive Back
6-1, 200
Glastonbury HS
Glastonbury, Conn.

Yale has posted its official recruiting class here

The New Haven Register has an overview of the Yale class here.
With next fall's freshman class set (with that one possible exception) the next Ivy classes will start shaping up. Reported yesterday as receiving an offer from Dartmouth is 6-3 ½  250-pound defensive end TJ Smith of North Stanly High School in North Carolina. The Stanly News And Press has a bylined story with a picture.

The local daily has a story today about the return to action this spring of Dartmouth freshman receiver Jon Marc Carrier, who was lost for the season after a frightening helmets-to-helmet injury at Harvard last fall. Carrier was immobilized and rushed to the hospital after the injury but returned to Dartmouth in a car that same evening.
The Dartmouth has a three-question Q&A with Deputy Athletics Director Bob Ceplikas about the Northwestern athletes' push to unionize. LINK The key line:
I have not seen any interpretation that would lead non-scholarship athletes to be affected by this. The very basis of the ruling was that it’s the scholarship that makes the student an employee. 
Legendary columnist Red Smith once said, "Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed." LINK

Trust me, he was only slightly guilty of hyperbole.

That Certain '14 no doubt has experienced the same kind of feeling working on papers for her Earth Science major. But I'd venture to say she understands even a little better now. I thought of Smith's quote after getting a couple of panicky emails from her yesterday as the deadline approached for her second column in The Dartmouth's sports section. Fortunately, she reported in the second email, she had an understanding editor helping stop the bleeding. LINK

(When she told me she was asked to write a column this spring, she asked whether she should write once a week or every two weeks. I'm thinking she's pretty glad right now she took my advice to choose the latter. I mean, it's senior spring, right?

True Ivy League Heroes
At Yale the football, field hockey and ice hockey teams joined in an effort that added almost 700 potential donors to the Be The Match bone marrow effort in memory of ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz, who died in 2011. According to a Yale release, the Bulldogs' previous drives have led to a whopping 23 matches and marrow donations to save lives. LINK

A nod to the Brown football team for taking part in the Be The Match initiative for the fifth consecutive year. Senior defensive back Matt Shannon's career probably didn't go the way he hoped but he will graduate a hero after donating marrow to save a man's life, the result of a previous Brown drive. LINK

With Be the Match having its roots at neighboring Villanova, where coach Andy Talley started his Get in the Game, Save a Life campaign, it's no surprise that Penn football is active in the initiative and took part once again this spring. LINK Two Penn players in 2011 donated marrow to save lives. Find their story here.
Went to see the Kevin Costner movie Draft Day with Mrs. BGA last night and enjoyed it. You have to suspend disbelief a little (a lot?) and there's a scene with Costner, Jennifer Garner and Ellen Burstyn that is so corny it will make you grimace, but all in all it's entertaining. It will be fun the next time I see him to see what old friend Kevin Demoff '99 – Executive Vice President of Football Operations & Chief Operating Officer of the St. Louis Rams – thought of the film.
And finally, Dartmouth has been in the news so much lately – for the wrong reason – that I've made a soft decision to steer BGA back almost entirely to the sports side. The last thing you need when you visit a sports site first thing in the morning is to be hammered on the side of the head day after day. That said, President Phil Hanlon has issued a statement in response to the news of the last few months that deserves to be read. Find a link here.