NEW YORK - Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Norries Wilson has announced the names of 29 students, that have accepted offers of admission from Columbia University and will participate in their first year of football for the Lions.  Twenty-eight are 2011 high school graduates and one is a transfer from Texas A&M University.

The class of 2015 includes players from fifteen states:  Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and one from the District of Columbia.

Currently 16 are slated to play on offense and 13 on defense.  In those two groups some are short and long snappers for punts and PAT/FG. 

The addition of these young men will bring the fall roster number to 110. 

Coach Wilson on the Class of 2015

"We are excited about each class that we bring to Columbia University and this class is not an exception.  First and foremost, these young men sought a quality education that could help them achieve success well after their football playing days were finished, and they believed Columbia University could provide them with that education.

Each student in this class was a good player at his respective high school and understands that when he arrives on campus he will have to re-compete against his classmates and the returning players to be a good player here at Columbia.  A few years ago, an incoming freshmen probably could see a good bit of playing time in our program.  With our reduction in attrition that is not the norm anymore.

When we go on the road we look to get a better player than we currently have in the program at all positions.  This isn't a slight against the players we have returning, but an honest attempt to improve the talent on the team and level of play on the field in a very competitive league."

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Wilson's Final Remarks on the Class of 2015

"Is this a good class? Heck I don't know, we still have to coach them, and if they finish what they start we can look back and see what they accomplished as a player over four seasons and maybe we can determine if he was a good player.  We are excited for their arrival and look forward to them helping us reach our goals of a winning season for Columbia Football and hopefully a run at a League Championship.  Both have been absent for far too long."

Name

Pos

Ht

Wt

Hometown/High School

Colton Bishop

DB

5-9

175

Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral

Augie Braddock

WR

6-0

195

Inver Grove Heights, Minn./St. Thomas Academy

John Brady

LB

6-1

220

Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota East

Thomas Callahan

OL

6-5

290

Countryside, Ill./Lyons Township

Wells Childress

DL

6-4

270

Houston, Texas/Kinkaid School/Texas A&M

Sean Coffinger

TE

6-4

225

Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista

Garrett DeMuth

TE

6-3

245

Whitefish Bay, Wisc./Whitefish Bay

Alec Fisher

RB

5-10

195

Rancho Sante Fe, Calif./The Bishop's School

Ryan Flannery

WR

6-2

185

North Attleborough, Mass./North Attleborough

Percee Goings

QB

6-0

190

Washington D.C./Friendship Collegiate

Tyler Hamblin

DB

5-11

185

St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall

John Keefe

WR

6-1

200

Shalimar, Fla./Choctawhatchee

Josh Keiles

OL

6-3

290

Long Beach, Calif./Lakewood

Hunter Little

DL

6-3

220

Rockford, Tenn./Webb School of Knoxville

Connor Nelligan

WR

6-1

190

La Grange Park, Ill./Benet Academy

EJ Odigwe

LB

6-0

220

Chandler, Ariz./Chandler

Carey Parker

OL

6-6

285

San Antonio, Texas/Central Catholic

Ray Pesanello

LB

6-1

225

Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah

Kal Prince

QB

6-2

195

Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro

Chris Proctor

OT

6-6

255

Boca Raton, Fla./Pine Crest

Vinny Pugliese

LB

6-1

205

Copley, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit

Roy Schwartz

DL

6-2

230

Austin, Texas/Westlake

Steven Silvio

FB

5-10

230

Hoover, Ala./Spain Park

Michael Skalitzky

DB

6-0

175

Evergreen Park, Ill./Marist

Daniel Slivka

WR

6-3

205

Allison Park, Pa./North Allegheny

Eric Stock

DL

6-1

270

Bernardsville, N.J./Pingry School

Malcolm Thaxton

DB

5-10

186

Fuquay Varina, N.C./Fuquay-Varina

Ryan Thomas

OL

6-3

270

Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz

Chad Washington

DL

6-3

227

Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd