Football Welcomes 31 Recruits to 2007 Squad
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK Columbia Football welcomes 31 recruited newcomers to the team for 2007, Norries Wilson, the Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football, announced. Thirty individuals represent the class of 2011 and one is a rising junior transfer from Temple University.

“I think the coaching staff did a great job identifying students that were strong enough to succeed at Columbia and help us build a program,” Wilson says.

The incoming group, which now represents 33 percent of the team based on the spring roster, possesses positional balance. Based on positions played in high school and including positional overlaps, the class consists of
9 defensive backs
8 running backs
6 defensive linemen
5 wide receivers
4 offensive linemen
4 tight ends
3 linebackers
3 quarterbacks
1 kicker

“I do not think that the class is particularly strong at any one position,” Wilson notes of the even distribution in the group. “We attempted to address what we thought were needs in the program.”

The class represents 14 states. Virginia is home to five members of the incoming group, making it the most fruitful state for the 2007 class. Four individuals hail from Florida, New Jersey and New York. Michigan and Pennsylvania provided three each, and California, Connecticut and Massachusetts two apiece.

The incoming class follows. Details on the group will be posted in the coming weeks.


Name Pos. Class Height Weight Hometown High School
Cory Clare QB Fr. 6-0 170 Davie, Fla. South Plantation
Dan Cohen OT/DT Fr. 6-4 265 New York, N.Y. Horace Mann
Mike Egley TE/DE Fr. 6-2 235 Kittanning, Pa. Ford City
Brian England TE/DE Fr. 6-2 240 Hazlet, N.J. Raritan
Bruce Fleming DL Fr. 6-2 235 Alguippa, Pa. Hopewell
Greg Fontela SS Fr. 5-10 180 Miami, Fla. Belen Jesuit Prep
Alex Gross RB/LB Fr. 5-11 205 Kettering, Ohio Fairmont
Nico Gutierrez WR/FS Fr. 6-0 178 New Canaan, Conn. New Canaan
Craig Hamilton DB Fr. 5-8 150 Detroit, Mich. U. of Detroit Jesuit
Paul Havas QB Fr. 6-2 195 Hampstead, Quebec St. Paul’s
Marc Holloway FB/LB Fr. 5-11 220 Philadelphia, Pa. West Philadelphia Catholic
Leon Ivery RB Fr. 5-11 190 Mountain View, Calif. Menlo School
Shane Kelly QB So. 6-4 220 Basking Ridge, N.J. The Hill School
Andrew Kennedy TE Fr. 6-3 235 Westport, Conn. Staples
Bryan Kipp OG/LS Fr. 6-3 250 Norfolk, Mass. Xaverian Brothers
Zachary Kourouma RB/SS Fr. 5-10 175 Wilbraham, Mass. Minnechaug Regional
Nathan Lenz FB Fr. 5-11 205 Largo, Fla. Clearwater Central Catholic
Adam Mehrer WR/FS Fr. 6-1 175 Midlothian, Va. Clover Hill
Matt Moretto RB/LB Fr. 6-0 195 Cornwall, N.Y. Cornwall Central
Mike Murphy RB/DB Fr. 6-1 180 Staten Island, N.Y. St. Joseph-by-the-Sea
Daniel Myers DB Fr. 5-11 175 Blackstone, Va. Nottoway
Calvin Otis WR/DB Fr. 6-1 182 Windermere, Fla. Lawrenceville School
Clifton Pope TE Fr. 6-3 230 New Rochelle, N.Y. Iona Prep
Ian Quirk OL Fr. 6-2 280 Frederick, Md. Tuscarora
Prentis Robinson OT Fr. 6-4 270 East Orange, N.J. Middlesex
Conor Russomanno WR Fr. 6-0 170 Falls Church, Va. Thomas Jefferson
Josh Smith DL Fr. 6-3 240 Grand Rapids, Mich. Forest Hills Northern
Mike Stephens WR Fr. 5-10 175 Flower Mound, Texas Flower Mound
Joe Stormont K Fr. 6-2 190 Stillwater, Minn. Stillwater
Matt Stotler DE Fr. 6-5 220 Arlington, Va. Yorktown
Augie Williams RB/DB Fr. 5-10 175 La Mesa, Calif. Grossmont