NEW YORK—Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Al Bagnoli and Columbia Football will welcome its second consecutive nationally recognized recruiting class to the University this fall as the program announced its 2017 signing class on Wednesday.
Columbia Football's Class of 2021 was ranked No. 25 nationally in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision by Hero Sports as writer Brian McLaughlin comments and notes that “Bagnoli hauls in his second straight stellar class.” Last year, Bagnoli's first full signing class was ranked No. 3 in the FCS by 247Sports.com Saturday Blitz.
“Once again, our staff has done a tremendous job of putting together this recruiting class,” said Bagnoli, who begins his third season at Columbia. “I'm excited to get to work with these young men and get them into the mix with the players we're bringing back to the team.”
Columbia Football's Class of 2021 is comprised of student-athletes from 18 different states including five from Florida, three each from New Jersey and California and two athletes apiece from Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan and Tennessee.
In addition, Columbia's Football Class of 2021 consists of 14 All-State honorees, 11 student-athletes who guided their high school teams to either a state title or state finals appearance, 19 team captains, 24 multi-sport athletes, 27 players who earned all-conference honors along with one transfer student-athlete.
While last year's class emphasized the offensive and defensive lines, the Class of 2021's focus was on the speed positions at secondary and at wide receiver as the class features six defensive backs, four wide receivers and five offensive linemen.
For a full list of the Class of 2021, Columbia's 2017 preseason roster is available here. To access the list, click on List View, then click on the Yr. column and the list will appear at the top of the roster.
Columbia returns 13 starters (seven on offense and six on defense) and 61 letterwinners to a youthful and talented team that finished 3-7 overall and tied for a sixth place finish in the Ivy League with a 2-5 record. The 2016 Lions concluded their season with a victory at Brown, while five of their seven losses were decided by 10 or fewer points. Three All-Ivy League picks return in freshman placekicker Oren Milstein, junior defensive back Cameron Roane and junior defensive lineman Lord Hyeamang. Additionally, Columbia will return players who accounted for 88 percent (162 of 185) of its points scored, 82 percent (1,651 of 2,014) of its passing yards, 51 percent (1,037 of 2,014) of its receiving yards, 60 percent (3 of 5) of its starters on the offensive line and 49 percent (333 of 680) of its tackles in 2016.
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