The 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive end who opened eyes at the Dartmouth Pro Day with 38 reps in the bench press (41 if you include three that were disallowed) will be attending his hometown Seattle Seahawks mini-camp Friday through Sunday.
•A STATS story reports that the FCS surpassed its recent average of 18 draftees this year with 20 selections.
The story includes this on one of the Ivy League's two selections:
Few projections had Princeton tight end Seth DeValve getting selected in the draft. Not only did he get drafted, but the Cleveland Browns scooped him up in the fourth round with the 138th overall pick.
That's the earliest selection for a Princeton player in the modern draft era.
He battled injuries each of the past two seasons. After playing in only two games in 2014, he withdrew from Princeton to regain his senior season, and then returned last fall to catch 33 passes for 337 yards and a touchdown in only six games.
But DeValve posted strong numbers at Princeton's pro day last month and wound up giving the Ivy League program a draft selection for the third time in the last four years.The other Ivy draftee was Harvard offensive lineman Cole Toner, chosen by the Cardinals in the fifth round.
Proving it's never too early to start talking about next year, STATS goes on to cite the CBS Sports' early positional rankings for next year and two Ivy Leaguers figure among the top 10 players nationally at their positions – including FBS players:
• Cornell's Chris Fraser is ranked sixth among punters.
• Harvard wide receiver Anthony Firkser is ranked seventh at fullback.
•Michigan, Wisconsin, Pitt, Cal, Syracuse, Duke, Kansas, UConn.
Dartmouth is in heady company in the chase for Connecticut linebacker Ben Mason, who will announce his decision tomorrow. Dartmouth is not the only Ivy on his list, however. Harvard, Penn and Columbia are also among the 19 schools who have "offered" the two-time all-state selection from Newtown. Find the story HERE (and thanks for the link).
•It certainly didn't take new Dartmouth men's basketball coach David McLaughlin long to haul in his first recruit. Introduced just Wednesday, McLaughlin landed New Jersey sniper Brendan Barry a day later. Barry averaged 25.7 points last winter while making the all-state first team. Find the story HERE.