Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hobart Lands 10th Contest for 2017

Hobart College will avoid a nine game season with what's a blockbuster scheduling move, adding area and national powerhouse Saint John Fisher College to the 2017 slate.

This is quite a bold move considering Fisher's recent success, and the fact Hobart hasn't beaten the Cardinals since the 2011 season. The Statesmen lead the all-time series by a 11-7 margin but SJFC has beaten Hobart four of their last five meetings, the last by a 27-6 margin in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Playoffs. With this addition the Statesmen will likely have one of the strongest schedules in the East Region, if not the nation.

A link to the updated schedule can be seen here.

The contract is for a home and home series with the initial game happening in Week 2 of the 2017 season. Look for more of these LLvsE8 match-ups as both leagues look to retain their AQ access to the NCAA tournament.

Congratulations to both schools on setting up a real treat for D3FB fans!

Thanks for reading and go 'Bart!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Even More Recruiting News!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The recruiting news keep coming in so here's another group of eight student athletes who've joined the Statesmen Football Class of 2021:

Cooley is a prototypical "Mike" ILB who has good vision and pursues to the ball. With good size at 215 lbs., Nathan (who goes by "Nate") will be tough for opposing offenses to block. His highlight reel (which shows him to be a physical hitter as well) can be seen here.

"Another outstanding student athlete coming down I-90" is how Coach Drach introduced Emmett to Statesmen fans. With a 40 yard dash in the 4.5 zone, Forde is fast and a play maker whether he's making receptions as a slot receiver or in coverage and making interceptions as an OLB. His highlight reel can be seen here.

As reported on this blog back on 2/9/17, Worcester Academy PK Kyle Hackett is coming to Hobart. This is a key add given the graduation of Sean Kirshe '17.

Out of Potomac, MD, Andres may be small in size but he's got speed and strength in spades. He starred as a RB at Bullis High, but will be converted to DB and could be used on special teams as a return man or offense as a slot receiver. Coach Drach likes his "quickness" and ability to "lock down any WR". His highlight reel, which focused mostly on his running skills, does show off his athleticism and can be seen here.

Hunter joins the Statesmen from the Pennington School where he starred as a CB / WR. While he is a strong cover corner, he also packs a wallop when it comes to tackling. You can check out the highlight reel of this "prime time player" here.

I actually reported on Zach's commitment to Hobart a few weeks ago after seeing the news in a local news report on National Signing Day. You can find that post (which includes his highlight reel and HS accolades) on this blog back on 2/19/17 if you're interested.

Coach Drach called Smith a "scholar student athlete who plays the game with a chip on his shoulder". He brings good size and skill to the OL where he'll likely look to continue either at RT or perhaps at guard. His highlight reel can be seen here.

From the Green Mountain state, Urie is a pass rusher who's "physical off the edge". Collin also played QB which should help his reads as an OLB. At St. Johnsbury Academy he tallied 56 tackles, two INTs and 6.5 TFL as a SR. Helping his team to an 8-3 overall record, Collin should fit in well with Hobart's 4x4 scheme having played the same in HS. He can cover, close on ball carriers and looks like a strong add to a unit (OLB) that the Statesmen are looking to reload for 2017. You can see Urie's highlight reel here.

We will have more recruiting news soon! Thanks for reading and go 'Bart!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

More Recruiting News!

Hobart College Football OC Jon Drach continued tweeting this week about more incoming recruits for the Class of 2021. The majority in this group hail from NY and NJ but there are a few from New England schools represented as well. 

Let's meet these 12 new Statesmen student athletes! Starting and introducing below in alphabetical order is:

Coach Drach describes Isaiah as "quick as a cat" and "strong as an ox". He does have a good first step and reminds me of Troy Johnson '15 as far as his playing style and stocky build goes. You can check out Boone's highlight reel here.

Fusco is viewed as "versatile" and able to "play both sides of the line" so his final position may not be determined until preseason camp, but his highlights make me think he may be best suited for DL or DE, but that'll be the coaching staff's call.


Giacobbe is the first New Englander in this group and one who Coach Drach says is a "physical WR [that can] catch the ball in traffic and stretch the field". His ability to line up in several positions and break off to take the top of a defense makes him a perfect fit with the "Team Air Show" offense Drach likes to run. Mike's highlights can be seen here.

Josh played LT for Alexander HS but could move inside guard in college. He has good technique as a blocker and Coach Drach calls Hylkema "Western New York strong". Josh's highlight reel can be seen here.

Leonhardt is a solid LB from just outside of Boston. He scrapes, pursues to the ball and hits his opponents hard. Coach Drach referred to him as "savage", and he certainly seems to play that way. He also can long snap which may get him some varsity experience as a FY. His highlight reel can be seen here.

At 6'5" Maute brings some size and accuracy to bear for the Statesmen. He completed basically every two of three of his passes as a SR QB, going 168 for 254 (66%+) for 2,755 yards with 28 TDs and only six INTs. He is a drop back style of passer that's a great fit for Hobart pass friendly (or as Coach described "grip it and rip it") offense. His highlight reel can be viewed here. 

Post comes from nearby Canandaigua so it's no surprise Coach described Joe as a "Finger Lakes talent staying close to home." CAHS runs a 4x4 defense similar to Hobart's which will help Post in getting up to speed at the collegiate level. Joe sees the field well and can close in fast. His highlight reel can be seen here. 

Another nearby get, Chris Reed is a "coach's kid" and brings a nice combination of "instincts, toughness and power" according to Coach Drach. Reed could get some looks early on given his size and football smarts. He can also long-snap, which may give him some varsity experience as a FY on special teams as well. His highlight reel can be viewed here.

Thomas is a tall receiving threat at 6'4" who apparently has a "defensive mindset" given he likes to deliver "punishment" to would be tacklers. That mindset was likely developed as a DE for BHS but I am not surprised Coach Drach is happy to have Salamida paving the way in the running game plus being a jump ball threat downfield as a TE. Thomas' highlight reel can be viewed here.

Simmons stood out to me for two reasons, first being the somewhat obvious 6'8" and 320 lbs tale of the tape. What I also noticed was he hails from the same HS as all-time Statesmen great Tyre Coleman '15. Coach Drach raved that Corey is "brawler up front" and a three sport athlete, starring on the gridiron, hardwood and diamond. He is an honors student to boot, and will likely look to compete to back up SO OL John Deveney at LT (which is where he played in HS) or compete elsewhere (perhaps at RT) as a FY.

Cal could be the future answer to the question of who will take over at FS for Hobart after the graduation of Matt Cragg '17? Tall, with a long stride and a good tackler, Sullivan will likely learn the playbook as an understudy to an upperclassman unless he really impresses in camp. His highlight reel can be seen here. It's been a few years since the Statesmen had a DB as tall as Cal, where the coaches often referred to the secondary as the "itty bitty committee" for the last couple of seasons, but that moniker will go out the window with the addition of Sullivan. This player brings both "speed and length" which is exciting, especially for a key defensive position (FS) Hobart will need to reload at in the fall.

Another tough nosed New England defensive player, P.J. Tziachris brings "size and strength off the edge" according to Coach Drach. Hobart will likely see more players like P.J. come to Geneva thanks to Asst Coach Orlando Patterson '10. Orlando was LB who also attended Tabor and who tallied 29 tackles while tying for the team lead in sacks with 3.5 and second on the team with 4.5 TFL his senior season (2009). He added an INT to go with two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

For more on P.J., you can check out his highlight reel here.

While that's a ton of information to digest, don't lose your appetite because a very big scheduling announcement is imminent. More on that once the contract is official!

Thanks for reading and go 'Bart!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Statesmen Take to Twitter (Again) to Announce Newest Members of the Class of 2021

Hobart College OC Jon Drach sent out the first official announcements on the newest members of the Statesmen Football family this morning, tweeting out four customized photos of incoming student athletes for the Class of 2021. Coach Drach intends to continue to do this on a weekly basis going forward so stay tuned!

Let's meet some of our newest Statesmen!

First up is Huntington HS SR CB / RB Jared Leake. Coach Drach described Jared as a "blanket in coverage"and Hobart fans know there's been a good precedent of talented players from Huntington, most recently LB Trayvon Toney '16.

Jared's highlight reel can be seen here. He helped the Blue Devils earn a 5-3 conference and 5-5 overall record in 2016. He also plays lacrosse but will likely focus on football in college.

From Miller Place HS Hobart will welcome a three sport student athlete in SR FB / LB Shane White. Coach Drach describes Shane as a player who "loves to hit" and based on what I've seen, I completely agree with that assessment. A wrestler and baseball player, White brings a dual threat combination of the endurance and leverage needed for success in wrestling with the hand-eye coordination of baseball. His highlight reel (which you can view here) is a continuous loop of Shane either pancaking LBs and DEs as a lead blocker and driving opposing offense players to the ground as a LB. Either way, his reputation as a hitter looks well earned!

Shane helped the Panthers to a 7-3 overall record in 2016 and looks to continue his gridiron success as a Statesman this fall.

A post-grad from Saratoga Springs, Trinity Pawling School's SR RB Dakota Harvey is a potential star in the making. Coach Drach calls Dakota an "amazing combination of power and speed" and basically wishes the rest of the LL defenses "good luck" in trying to stop his big and powerful runner. Dakota helped the Pride to a 7-2 overall record in the 2016 season. He rushed for 992 yards (7.1 YPR and 110.2 RYPG) and scored 10 TDs.

Dakota has D1 size and speed as his highlights show. A link to those can be seen here. The tale of the tape here points to Hobart having an offensive weapon with the size and speed they haven't had in some time.

SR OL / DT Alex Lanzana will come up from Mahwah HS (NJ) to be a part of the Statesmen OL. Coach Drach describes Alex as someone who can "win the LOS" for Hobart, a key to every football game. Alex played LT and was Captain of the Thunderbirds who went 11-1 in 2016.

Lanzana may end up at guard in college, but I like how he plays mean and to the whistle on every play. His highlight reel can be seen here.

This is a promising start to what we've already seen from earlier posts about the incoming FY class. Thanks for reading and go 'Bart!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

O'Connell III Honored at Ability Partners Foundation Gala

The Gates-Chili Post reported Monday on the 14th annual Ability Partners Foundation Gala, which was held at the Belhurst Castle in Geneva.

APF is a non-for-profit organization that has a long history of providing clinical, therapeutic, educational, and residential services to people of all ages and abilities.

SR OL and Co-Captain Patrick O'Connell III was recognized by the APF as Volunteer of the Year for his efforts to assist fundraising for Happiness House through the "Tackles and Touchdowns" program that has raised over $40K for kids and families in the Finger Lakes. The Tackles and TDs program was founded by former OL and Co-Captain Jarrid Blades '12 and has been continued on by fellow true Statesmen student athletes like O'Connell ever since.

A link to the article can be seen here. The story from HWSAthletics.com can be seen here.

Congratulations to Patrick for being a great Statesman and representative of the Hobart College Football family!

I'll post some recruiting news this weekend.

Thanks for reading and go 'Bart!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Central Catholic's Horgan Commits to Hobart

The Eagle Tribune reports that Central Catholic HS (Lawrence, MA) SR QB / DB Matt Horgan will join the Hobart College Statesmen this fall. Horgan was named an All-Merrimack Valley All-Star at Safety for the Raiders last fall, helping his team earn a 7-2 overall record.

He will likely stay at safety or DB for the Statesmen, but he can play wildcat QB if called upon (which we've seen Coach Drach go to on occasion).

A link to Matt's highlight reel can be seen here.

Please join me in welcoming Matt (pictured above on the right) to the Hobart Football family. Thanks for reading and go 'Bart!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Shed Getting On NFL Scouts' Radar

#easy6 started trending right about the time JR WR Brandon Shed took his game from being an All-Conference to All-American player in 2016.

Shed was recently profiled by NFL Draft Diamonds as a smaller school, "diamond in the rough" prospect in 2017-18.

A link to their interview with Brandon can be found here. 

With a number of D3FB WR players such as Pierre Garcon, Cecil Shorts III, Dontae Dye, Jake Kumerow and others on NFL rosters, it's not out of the realm of possibility that #5 from Hobart could be someday as well.

Thanks for reading and go 'Bart!