Conor Smith is a 6’5″, 260 lb. offensive lineman from Red Bank Catholic High School in Red Bank, New Jersey. Smith is another bruiser from Jersey that loves to pancake defenders. He shows great footwork and hand placement in pass protection. Smith uses his size and speed to maul defenders in the run game. He has the potential to develop into a solid starting tackle or guard at the collegiate level.
Cubby Schuller is a 6’6″, 270 lb. offensive lineman from Bernards High School in Bedminster, New Jersey. Schuller has quick feet to seal defenders from the edge and shows the necessary speed to block linebackers and defensive backs downfield. Defenders stand little chance of recovering once Schuller gets under their pads, locks them out with his long arms and drives his legs. Yale has always had great luck recruiting linemen (both defensive and offensive) from New Jersey and Schuller appears to be another fine prospect.
Jaylan Sandifer is a 6’4″, 195 lb. receiver from Northside High School in Centerville, Georgia. He was a commit in last year’s class and spent a season with Noah Pope at Choate. Sandifer is a big, athletic receiver with great hands and moves. He’s not afraid to run crossing routes over the middle and is surprisingly hard for defenders to bring down. He’s fast enough to take wide receiver screens and reverses to the house. When running plays go to his side, he is a determined blocker who will run downfield to disrupt multiple defenders.
Garry Raymond is a 6’6″, 230 lb. tight end from Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Raymond is a big target who can flex out wide to create mismatches for any secondary. He is nimble after the catch and uses his long arms to stiff arm would-be tacklers. Raymond shows good footwork when run blocking as he effectively seals the edge on outside running plays and keeps his legs driving through the whistle. He is adept at gaining significant yardage from screen passes and reverses.
Adam Raine is a 6’4″, 268 lb. defensive lineman from Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Raine fires off the line very quickly and can often shoot the gaps before offensive linemen have had a chance to get a hand on him. He combines his strong bull rush with a swift swim move to defeat blocks. Raine can play defensive tackle or end, but we project him as a defensive tackle for the Bulldogs given his size. He is a high effort player who has no issues running down ball carriers across the field.
Noah Pope is a 6’1″, 205 lb. linebacker from St. Georges Independent School in Memphis, Tennessee. Pope spent the last season at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford and was originally a commit in last year’s class. He is exceptional in pass coverage and reminds us a bit of Foye Oluokun. Pope utilizes his hands effectively to shed blockers before exploding through ball carriers. It’s hard to find any weaknesses in his play as he can rush the passer, defend receivers and stop the run.
Seun Omonije is a 6’1″, 192 lb. receiver from St. Marks School in The Colony, Texas. Omonije has great body control and concentration to secure difficult receptions. After the catch, he is dynamic in the open field with well-timed jukes and spins as well as the blazing speed to make him a home run threat whenever he touches the ball. Omonije has a good feel for touchdowns in the back of the endzone as he sets up a defender, quickly creates separation, catches the pass and taps his foot inbounds for a score.
Miles Oldacre is a 5’11”, 195 lb. defensive back from Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas. Oldacre has a smooth backpedal and can quickly change directions to swat down a pass, lay out a receiver, or come up in run support. He has great catch up speed and active hands to rip the ball away from receivers. Oldacre is a solid all-around athlete with all the necessary traits to be a dominant safety: speed, agility, open field tackling skill, and the ability to create turnovers.
Griffin O’Connor is a 6’3″, 208 lb. quarterback from Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California. O’Connor stays strong in the pocket and can quickly sidestep defenders while keeping his eyes downfield to deliver a big strike. He makes difficult throws such as deep out routes look rudimentary. O’Connor’s footwork is more advanced than the majority of Division 1 quarterback recruits. Bulldog fans were elated when O’Connor decommitted from UNLV and chose Yale as Ivy prospects with his throwing power and accuracy are few and far between.
Reid Nickerson is a 6’4″, 220 lb. defensive end from Friendswood High School in Friendswood, Texas. Nickerson actually played safety in high school and may very well be the only defensive end recruit in Division 1 football that played in the defensive backfield at the high school level. He should be able to pack solid weight on his long and lean frame to compete against the bigger offensive tackles in the Ivy League. With Nickerson’s speed and athleticism, Yale coaches could turn him into a pass rushing machine. His coverage skills and open field tackling ability could also transition well to the outside linebacker spot.