Monday, June 29, 2015

Wilbraham's MVP Aaron Louis to Attend Hobart

Wilbraham & Monson Academy (MA) has indicated that PG RB/ILB Aaron Louis will attend Hobart this fall as part of the Class of 2019. Although he struggled with injuries, Louis was named MVP for the 2014 campaign given his selfless play and leadership. Louis tallied over 100 tackles in only 8 games for the Titans.

Although he was recruited by several FCS level schools in New England, Louis also drew D3 interest from Hobart rival Springfield given it's proximity to WMA.

Louis sounds like a very competitive player, as this interview shows. It sounds like Louis has a big upside, and if he can stay healthy, have an impact on the Statesmen program.

Please join me in welcoming Aaron to the Hobart Football family. Thanks for reading and go 'Bart!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Notre Dame's Deveney Signs With Statesmen

Notre Dame HS (Lawrenceville, NJ) SR DL John Deveney has committed to attend Hobart this fall. A versatile athlete, Deveney starred at DE for the Irish. He shows good technique in both interior line play and rushing the passer. On offense he played OT and also lined up at a FB / HB position.

A threat to block passes (and kicks) given his height of 6'5", Deveney has a lot of potential in my opinion. He has good size at 265 lbs and could be utilized in several different areas of the Statesmen game plan in future seasons.

A link to his highlight reel can be viewed here.

A big Hobart welcome to John. Thanks for reading and go 'Bart!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Coach David Named New Hobart Defensive Coordinator

The search for former DC Nick Grange's replacement ended last Friday when Head Football Coach Mike Cragg announced the hire of new Hobart DC Kory David.

A link to the announcement can be found here.

David brings a great resume of both D3 and NFL coaching experience. He's also originally from Massena, NY which, along with ties to the Philadelphia area, will be a plus for recruiting student athletes to Hobart.

Prior stints at perennial MAC contenders Delaware Valley, NJAC contenders Cortland State and CC schools like Dickinson means Coach David will require little time in getting up to speed in Geneva.

Overall Coach David brings 15 years of experience and given his expertise in LBs, he's a great fit for the Statesmen's LB centric 4x4 defense.

Please join me in welcoming Coach David into the Hobart family!

Thanks for reading and go Bart!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Marpet is Officially a Buc

Congratulations are in order to Ali Marpet '15, his agent Andy Ross and the entire Marpet family.

An announcement came out about an hour ago that Ali signed a four year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Terms of the contract were not disclosed but the important thing is Ali is signed in time for training camp.

Other than participating in OTA's, Ali has gotten involved in the Tampa community, visiting veterans and even shaving his head in support of pediatric cancer awareness.

Congrats again on another milestone as part of this amazing story from D3 to the NFL. I will look forward to seeing the Bucs in action in a couple of months.

Thanks for reading and go 'Bart (and Bucs)!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

New Recruit Update

The 2014 season banquet, coaching moves and all the exciting post season news around the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafting Ali Marpet '15 has kept me a little behind on updating Hobart fans around new incoming student athletes.

Although Head Football Coach Cragg will announce the incoming class this August before preseason camp opens, there were a couple of articles I found online over the past couple of months that I wanted to share with you Statesmen and D3FB fans.

The first mention from the Class of 2019 came from reporting that OL/DL Pat Cino from Red Bank Catholic (NJ) committed to attend Hobart back in February (likely via Early Decision).

Cino has great size for a HS SR, standing 6'2" and weighing in at 300+ lbs. He helped his team earn an impressive 11-1 overall record for supposedly the third best HSFB program in the state of NJ! He played in every game and tallied 35 total tackles, including one TFL and three QB hurries.

You can check out Pat's highlight reel on the attached link. Pat's size definitely helped him at the HS level but he may need to develop a faster first step in order to become a starting college player.

The Times Tribune (Scranton, PA) reported that Abington Heights HS DB/WR Jake Henzes will join Cino as part of the Statesmen FB program this fall.

Henzes had 31 receptions for 378 yards and three TDs during his 40 game HS career. He also tallied 32 tackles and two INTs on defense. While Henzes has typical D3FB size at 5'11" 175 lbs, he is pretty fast clocking in a 11 second 100m and 22.7 second 200m as a sprinter for the Comet track team this spring. He also stars on the AHHS track team and he earned All Academic honors for a 3.0+ GPA!

A link to Henzes highlight reel can be found here. The tape shows me a player with a good motor and closing speed who isn't afraid to be a physical hitter.

I will post more information on new recruits as word comes in. The second annual FB Alumni & Friends Golf outing is scheduled for July 25th in Geneva. Contact OC Coach Jon Drach for more information!

Thanks for reading and go BART!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Coach Grange Steps Down, National Search Underway

Yesterday Hobart Football announced the resignation of DC Nick Grange. This is a surprise, especially given the recent departure of former OC Kevin DeWall '00 who took the HC job at Endicott College (MA).

A national search for a replacement is underway. A link to the announcement can be read here.

The resignation ends a brief (two year) but highly successful run for the Statesmen who boasted the 11th best total defense in D3 in 2014. A lot of transition has happened this offseason but I'm confident HC Mike Cragg will be able to navigate it successfully.

Best wishes to Coach Grange and his family.

Friday, May 1, 2015

With the 61st pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Ali Marpet

It was early on in the first set that SR OL Ali Marpet appeared on the screen at the sports bar my band "Room 2" was performing as the next selection of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I was thrilled for him and his family first. We traded texts during my break of congratulations and pride on this awesome accomplishment. Second, Tampa's not that far from home, so it looks like I'll be attending some Bucs games this fall - hopefully with Hobart Statesmen fans and family also in attendance.

My favorite was a tweet after the selection was announced was from SR FB Dominique Ellis to my @ITHuddLLe account (in response to my saying I'm going to look into season tickets) that he and his family are already Bucs season ticket holders! Tampa's response after Ali's pick can be found here.'s reaction was equally complimentary. As usual Ali was nothing but a pro in response to the media regarding this incredible opportunity.

Words can't be written to describe how amazing this night is in the history of Hobart College and Division III football.

Good luck to Ali as he goes into rookie camp and continues his pursuit of a NFL career.

Go Bart!