Recruiting Roundup

Here are the commits we have heard about so far:

Reid Nickerson, 6’4” 210 lbs, S/LB, Friendswood HS, Friendswood, TX

Nick Gargiulo, 6’5” 270 lbs, DT/OL, Somers HS, Lincolndale, NY

Shane Frommer, 5’11” 192 lbs, RB/LB, King Philip Regional, Wrentham, MA

Brian Abraham, 6’4” 190 lbs, WR/S, Xaverian Brothers, Westwood, MA

Jaylan Sandifer, 6’4″ 194 lbs, WR, Choate, Wallingford, CT

Noah Pope, 6’1″ 205 lbs, LB, Choate, Wallingford, CT

Nick Henkel, 6’5″ 185 lbs, QB, Brunswick HS, Greenwich, CT

Nick Tibbetts, 6′2″ 230 lbs, LS, Montville HS, Montville, CT

Dathan Hickey, 6′2″ 180 lbs, RB/CB, Bristol Central HS, Bristol, CT

Brett Gerber, 6′4″ 220 lbs, LB, Manatee HS, Bradenton, FL

Tate Goodyear, 6’4″ 275 lbs, OL, Sycamore HS, Cincinnati, OH

Trenton Charles, 5’9″ 165 lbs, RB, Scotlandville Magnet, Baton Rouge, LA

Griffin O’Connor, 6’3″ 200 lbs, QB, Edison HS, Huntington Beach, CA

Josh De St Jean, 6’5″ 270 lbs, DT, La Lumiere, La Porte, IN

Jaylan Granberry, 5’10” 180 lbs, S, Pearl Cohn, Nashville, TN

Seun Omonije, 6’0″ 181 lbs, WR, St. Marks, Dallas, TX

Isaiah Dunham, 6’2″ 195 lbs, WR/DB, Reitz, Evansville, IN

Cubby Schuller, 6’6″ 265 lbs, OL/DL, Bernards HS, Bernardsville, NJ

Sebastian Bruno, 6’4″ 235 lbs, DE, Olympic Heights, Boca Raton, FL

Elliott McElwain, 6’0″ 215 lbs, RB, Hewitt-Trussville, Trussville, AL

Osorachukwu Ifesinachukwu, 6’2″ 215 lbs, OLB, Vandegrift, Austin, TX

Ajay Culhane, 6’0″ 185 lbs, K, Oaks Christian, Westlake Village, CA

Noah Aaron, 6’1″ 170 lbs, WR/DB, Groton, Groton, MA

Adam Raine, 6’4” 260 lbs, DL, Berkshire, Sheffield, MA

Kennedy Kosmalski, 6’0” 180 lbs, DB, McHenry, McHenry, IL

Conor Smith, 6′5″ 260 lbs, OL, Red Bank Catholic, Red Bank, NJ

Jack Biestek, 6’3″ 205 lbs, WR, Cardinal Gibbons, Raleigh, NC

Miles Oldacre, 5’10” 185lbs, S, Klein Oak, Spring, TX

Kyle Ellis, 6’0″ 182 lbs, DB/WR, Greater Altanta Christian, Norcross, GA

Henry Large, 6’0″ 210 lbs, LB, St. Albans, Washington, DC

Nicholas Sligh, 6‘3” 310 lbs, OL, Clarke Central, Athens, GA

Spencer Alston, 5’10” 185 lbs, RB/WR, South Lakes, Reston, VA

Garry Raymond, 6′6″ 238 lbs, TE, Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs, CO

Matthew Tynes, 6′1″ 166 lbs, CB, St. Mark’s, Wilmington, DE

120 thoughts on “Recruiting Roundup”

  1. This is off the subject, but I just saw a Harvard press release announcing that the Game next year will be played at Fenway Park.

  2. I remember seeing the old Boston Patriots play at Fenway in the sixties. As great a facility it is for baseball, it was just plain awful for football! Within a few years the Patriots moved out – to Harvard Stadium!

  3. I predict a Harvard so -so season next year so I am betting they will have plenty of seats available for Yalies to cheer team 146 on to victory. #takeoverfenway146 #FTO146

    1. Looking at the Cantab’s schedule next year, I expect them to be 5-0 halfway through the season, then finish 5-5. Weak OOC schedule.

  4. Just scored 2 nights at the Verb for $95 a night, right across from Fenway. They hadn’t heard about the game for ’18, now they have and prices are shooting up

  5. CUBBY SCHULLER, DE, DT, 6 ‘ 6″ , 265 LBS. BERNARDS H. S., BEDRNARDSVILLE, N.J. OFFERED BY COLGATE , COLUMBIA

  6. Let’s all raise a toast to LB Matt Oplinger ’18 who was today awarded the Bushnell Cup as Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year — first Eli defender since the awesome Kevin Czinger in ’80. I noticed in the 2016 win over Harvard that Matt played a tremendous game, making tackles all over the field. Congrats!

    Looking ahead, we will need immediate reinforcements on D, hopefully rising from the current ranks and frosh so we can continue our ITO — Ivy League Takeover — in 2018.

  7. Below is a link to an Interesting CPTV documentary on the Yale-Georgia Football rivalry. At the conclusion there is talk of Yale playing Georgia again in 2029 to mark the 100th anniversary of the first game played at Sanford Stadium in 1929, which was Yale vs Georgia. I think its a great idea and it would undoubtedly get an NCAA waiver for bowl counter status due to its historical significance, just as the Army game in 2014 did.

    https://cptv.org/bulldog-vs-bulldog-on-cptv-spirit-and-cptv-explores-a-college-football-rivalry/

  8. Thanks, Son of Eli for the very interesting tape on the history of Yale vs Georgia. No pun intended, but I think we should let sleeping dogs lie. In the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s Yale and Georgia were playing by the same rules – no more, I’m afraid.

    1. Looking at Georgia’s future schedules I see that Austin Peay and Murray St are playing Georgia. If those schools can do it I don’t see why Yale can’t. It would be a great experience for the Yale players to play between the hedges to a crowd of approximately 95,000. The game would give Yale a recruiting advantage in the Ivy League for years.

  9. Can’t wait to hear the PA announcer pronounce that name. They will need to take an official’s timeout every time he makes a tackle just to pronounce the name!

  10. JON,

    WHAT H.S. IN AUSTIN , TX. DOES THIS 3 * LINEBACKER PLAY FOR ? I AM UNABLE TO FIND A SCHOOL THAT HE PLAYS FOR .

    THANKX.

    1. Jon, with you on that, but no knowledge. He kicked and recovered the onside kick against Harvard in 2016, I believe. It was a perfectly executed and pivotal play! Maybe he took a year off? Except for privacy violations, I think the AD could be more forthcoming with their fans. Especially if they want to reverse declining attendance at games!

  11. All communiques we get from the football association or athletics are accompanied by a request for donations.
    Normally that is the primary intent, even if there is a bit of news as an introduction.

    ….and if you hurry we’ll send you a hat!

    1. Thanks Hawk. We at least want to beat Bagnoli in this poll for recruiting purposes. Currently Reno is ahead of Bagnoli 52 votes to 49.

    1. Jon H, Coach Conlin was listed as the Offensive Coordinator as well as the Offensive Line Coach on Yale’s website. I am not sure how to interpret your “ding dong” comment. If I made a mistake, please let me know.

  12. Kennedy Kosmalski, McHenry, sr., DB – Kosmalski (6-0, 175) did a little bit of everything for the Warriors, scoring seven touchdowns out of his 27 receptions, but also playing a big part in the defense, where he had five interceptions. He had two in one game, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Kosmalski will attend Yale on an academic scholarship and plans on playing football for the Bulldogs.

  13. Losing Joe Conlin hurts but best wishes to him and many thanks for his major contributions in bringing the program back to the top. Does anybody know if other members of the staff have decided to join him at Fordham?

  14. What I am picking up is that there are an unprecedented number of coaching movement this year which isn’t going to settle down until late February. Over 250 assistants may switch jobs at the various levels of college football. Many recruits are concerned and this has resulted in flips, poaching, and changed commitments. Actually this is an opportunity for Yale in my opinion if we limit our staff losses. A few recruits I know (not on Yale board) are concerned about “soft offers” due to coaching upheavals. They may not know their status until second (traditional) signing day in February.

    If you want to have some fun and speculate take a look at some of the film available on our recruits by googling and going to huddle or 24/7. Example, look at Adam Raine, the English DT from Berkshire we apparently flipped from Holy Cross. I don’t know how the competition level translates but he looks disruptive to me.

  15. Hi Jon,
    Good question (especially as we count down to final commitments)! Anyone who has not taken a prior semester off (Nick Crowle?), has to be out this semester. So it should be available information. Some of the eligible players have great futures ahead of them in any event, so we should be grateful for all that they have done for Yale Football, helping to return the team to prominence, and wish them well no matter what.

  16. Ray thanks for posting about yales new recruit Conor Smith. Just looked at his tape. Well coached in pass blocking and run blocking.Has a mean physical way about playing football. Could see him starting his so.or jr. year. Would make a great guard.Has to put on some weight maybe 20 to 25 lb. Nice get for yale. Could be the sleeper in the class of recruits. Good luck to all the recruits and thanks for picking yale.Ray any word on recruits Alama Uluave andNicholas Sligh both centers .4

  17. NICHOLAS SLIGH WILL VISIT YALE THE WEEKEND OF 1/19/2018 AND ALAMA ULUAVA WILL VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEEKEND.

  18. Guys any news on Alan Lamar and Grant Neagli are they could to go next year ? Are they working out with the team now. Anyone have any news.

  19. I hope that DKE story that was all over the national news does not cause damage. The references to football players and the inclusion of the photo from this year’s Harvard game were low blows. I’m sure Tony and staff have a damage control plan.

  20. Do you we have a chance at landing one or both of these awesome centers!!?. How did the visit go with nick Sligh? I read he has preferred walk on offers with both ND and Georgia. Do we have a realistic chance of him landing in New Haven?

  21. Sligh now has a ton of offers He said he had a great visit he was in the picture with the other recruits. San Diego St is pushing hard to recruit Alama he has friends on the team who play . Both could be long shots.If one or both come would be great for yale recruiting.

  22. how did this weekend visit go with Alama Uluave?!!? I was hoping to hear that he committed before he left this weekend! Was in York Side and thought maybe one day his face would hang on the wall!
    Appreciate any info!

    1. Miles Oldacre is ranked 75th in today’s Houston Chronicle’s top 100 recruiting list. He is listed as committed to Yale, and he is the only player on the list who is headed to a FCS school. Players ranked under Oldacre are going to Miami, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Arizona among other FBS schools.

  23. Kyle Ellis, DB/WR, 6’0, 182lbs, Altanta Christian High School. That should round out the 30 member recruiting class.

  24. This is a huge week for recruiting, in my opinion. There will be some pressure on some of our guys to flip as there will be a few new, solid offers from FBS and FCS scholarship schools with last minute scholarships available that were held for others. Princeton did a nice job holding on to their 4 star quarterback who got the last minute pressure from Alabama. He is the reason Princeton’s class is rated slightly higher than Yale’s. We have more 3 star recruits, and I’m wondering if this our highest rated class ever.
    Anybody out there with the 2017 class composite numbers still available? Of course, national ratings really missed on Dudek…..to our good fortune.

  25. YALE WINS ONE AND LOSES ONE. NICHOLAS SLIGH OL. 6 ‘ 3 ” AND 310 LBS, ATHENS CENTRAL H.S., GA. ON BOARD. PRUDY CALDERON DECOMMITS AND RE-COMMITS TO RICE.

    1. Great commit from Nicholas Sligh. Should be a force in the middle of the OL. Too bad re Calderon. He looks like an excellent player.

      1. Sligh looks tough and relentless on film……..but Calderon has game-changer speed and skill. Losing him hurt and we have to hope he is the only one.
        Anybody know if we have any FBS transfers inbound?

      1. As a Houstonian, I would love to see Yale play the Owls at Rice Stadium — or in the Bowl. But it isn’t going to happen. From Rice’s standpoint, the Owls would be looking at a small gate (maybe 20,000 in Houston or New Haven) against a program that wouldn’t give Rice a W for bowl purposes even if the Owls prevailed.

    1. Ray, how about Garry Raymond, 6’ 6” 215 lbs. TE/DE, Cheyenne Mountain HS, Colorado Springs, CO. From the Denver Post.

  26. YIKES !! GARRY RAYMOND IS UBIQUITOUS . HE IS ABLE TO PERFORM BI-LOCATION. HE PLAYED T/E FOR BISHOP IRETON IN VA. AND SIMULTANEOUSLY PLAYED T/E FOR CHEYENNE H.S. IN COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO . WHAT POSSIBILITIES FOR THE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR AT YALE.

  27. TWO NEW RECRUITS. THEY ARE:

    GARRY RAYMOND T/E, 6′ 6″ , 238 LBS. CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN H.S., COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO

    MATTHEW TYNES CB, 6′ 1″ 166 LBS. 4.55 40 , ST. MARK ‘ S HIGH SCHOOL , WILMINGTON, DELAWARE

    1. I beleive the rules allow for more than 30 recruits in a year as long as the rolling four year average is 30 per season. Having said that, it is typical for 2-3 commits each season to end up at Choate for a post graduate year, aka Redshirt Freshman Ivy style.

    1. Can anybody update us on the actual process of what constitutes a firm commit in this era? Do our recruits just have likely letters or is there something better that they can rely on, and what is the formal decision to matriculate they provide to Yale. Do they do that now or must it wait until April with the rest of their class.

      By the way it looks like the staff has done a terrific job of addressing need due to graduations.

    1. Word is that the championship ring ceremony will be right after the spring game so it will be very special. Pass the word.

  28. Yes but look at the body of football commits. Bagmolis 1st year he had 46 players. 38 this year.
    Are they getting preferential treatment. Like Penn did in the early 80’s..?

  29. Does anyone know what percentage of PWO play significant time for their teams? It seems to me to be a choice between playing a little and playing a lot, plus graduating with a Yale degree that provides the foundation for adapting to a changeable future and opens many doors.

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