Thursday, February 06, 2020


That was one long and tiring Signing Day and I'll admit after way too many hours clicking through the Internet looking for photos and stories I ended the night a little cross-eyed ;-)

I know there are more photos and stories out there, so once more with feeling: To send along signing day photos and links please CLICK HERE to address an email to BGA with the subject line, SigningDay.
A fun basketball note I discovered during my web-surfing regarding a late addition to the list of football recruits:
Congratulations to Senior Student-Athlete (Macklin Ayers) for reaching the 1,000 point milestone during tonight’s boys basketball game. Big week for Macklin. Great job!
Ayers is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker from Upper Dauphin Area High School and Elizabethville, Pa., not too far from my old stomping ground of Carlisle, Pa.
Here's the recruiting list BGA has dug up (with much-appreciated reader help) so far. There are 27 names on the list and might be another two or three we haven't found.

The only previously unknown addition yesterday was tight end Nic Sani, who was a Dartmouth commit before flirting with the University of Washington. Anyone else?

Marquist Allen, 6-4, 265, DL, Davis HS/Davis, Calif.

Macklin Ayers, 6-3, 210, LB, Upper Dauphin Area/Elizabethville, Pa.

Dario Arazi, 6-6, 225, DL, Brooklyn Tech/Brooklyn, N.Y.*

Josh Balara, 6-3, 290, OL, Dallas /Dallas, Pa.*

Isaac Boston, 5-10, 170, WR, Springfield Central/Springfield, Mass.*

Danny Cronin, 6-3, 200, QB-A, IC Catholic/Elmhurst, Ill.

Jack Dyett, 6-5, 210, TE, Brentwood School/Los Angeles, Calif.*

Tyler Green, 5-10,210, TB, Mill Valley HS/Shawnee, Kan.

Thomas Hartnett, 6-3, 290 OL, Pittsburgh Central Catholic/Pittsburgh, Pa.*

Jace Henry, 6-4, 235, QB/LB, Lathrop HS/Fairbanks, Alaska

Dylan Lacroix, 6-3, 215, DL, Park Vista Community/Lake Worth, Fla.

Devon Lingle, 6-2, 202 QB, Fletcher HS/Neptune Beach, Fla.*

Cameron Maddox, 6-2, 195, DB, Cheshire Academy/Monroe, N.C.

Tyson McCloud, 6-1, 195 OLB/S, North Broward Prep/Coconut Creek, Fla.

Gannon McCorkle, 6-3, 235 DL, Phillips Exeter Academy/Gambrills, Md.*

Tevita Moimoi, 6-0, 205, RB, Sacred Heart Prep/Atherton, Calif.

Onye Onuoha, 6-1, 200 DB, Far Northeast HS/Denver.

Ross Parrish, 6-4, 225, TE, Anderson High School/Cincinnati, Ohio

Derrell Porter, 6-1, 255, DL, Penn Hills HS/Pittsburgh, Pa.

Vachon Raye, 5-11, 165, DB, Washington HS/Atlanta

Nic Sani, 6-6, 240, TE, Central Catholic/Turlock, Calif.

Paxton Scott, 6-1, 183 WR, St. Mark’s/Dallas*

Nick Schwitzgebel, 6-3, 285, OL, St. Ignatius/Cleveland*

Ethan Sipe, 6-5, 260, OL, Ensworth School/Nashville, Tenn.*

Leonard St Gourdin, 6-3, 190, DB, Deerfield Academy/Malden, Mass.*

Jarmone Sutherland, 5-11, 175, WR, Newman HS/New Orleans, La.

Wade Williams, 6-2, 185, QB, Brentwood Academy/Brentwood, Tenn.*
      *  – Confirmed early decision admits

(Additions, corrections welcomed via the contact form off to the right or the Signing Day link above.)
Curious how Signing Day went for other schools? Apart from the Ivies (who don't recognize the National Letter of Intent) and a few schools like Marist (which hasn't reported) lists of recruits can be found by school HERE. Use the pulldown menu on the right and you can seen who is heading to traditional rivals like Colgate and Holy Cross, schools that draw from a similar pool to that of the Ivy League, and for 2020 opponent Towson, which, by and large, does not.

Towson's class for next fall includes a transfer quarterback from for-profit ASA College, a 6-7 tight end who spent three years at Maryland, an outside linebacker who did three years at Ball State, and a junior corner from a California community college.

The Albany listing includes Jose Lopez, the running back from central Pennsylvania whose resume includes more than 6,000 yards. He was widely reported to be choosing between the Great Danes and Dartmouth.

Speaking of running backs . . .

Nate Hope, a former Dartmouth target who started his collegiate career this fall at Lehigh before entering the transfer portal at season's end, is transferring to Coastal Carolina per his Twitter.
Graduating Dartmouth running back Caylin Parker is the player mentioned (although not by name) in a story in the Plaquemines Gazette about a non-football player getting a full academic scholarship to Brown. The story mistakenly says that school's only other Ivy League product got a football scholarship, which is obviously incorrect in the non-scholarship Ivy League.
And finally, the mystery has been solved.

A while back I posted this video about an Ivy League football championship watch honoring the 2019 Dartmouth team:

There was no information with the video. Several readers saw the posting and sent along background info including this:
We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 Dartmouth Football Ivy Championship Timepiece, custom-designed to commemorate this incredible team and their Ivy Championship! As you know the (players) will receive an Ivy League Championship Ring at the banquet. This watch is another opportunity to celebrate this incredible accomplishment because it can be worn everyday. Perhaps this would make the perfect graduation gift with custom engraving available on the back.
This premium Swiss Made diver’s watch is custom designed for us by  AXIA Time with input from players and coaches.
The Dartmouth Football Ivy Championship watch comes with free custom engraving, a leather travel case, free shipping, and a 3 year warranty from manufacturer defect.  The watch is expected to be ready by end of May 2020.
While the watches were designed to honor the team, parents, alumni and diehard Dartmouth fans are welcome to celebrate the team by ordering one also.

Given enough orders, those made before Feb. 16th will receive a 30 percent discount and a "complimentary NATO strap (made from seatbelt nylon) in Dartmouth colors."

To learn more or order your watch, CLICK HERE.