Category Archives: Football Recruiting

Patriot League Commit Tracker, Class of 2022

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With this year's early signing period in December, along with traditional signing day in February and additional signing of recruits up until May, it felt like the right time to resurrect the Patriot League Commit Tracker for the class of 2022.

This is intended to be a rolling list, updated as we go, as student-athletes going to any Patriot League school sign National Letters of Intent.

We don't know the whole story yet behind each school's recruiting class.  But this post is intended to put in one place what we know so far.

As I learn more, I will add more names to each list.
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Patsy Ratings: Georgetown’s Class of 2017

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The term is "Hoya Paranoia", and back in the 1980s it meant the hoops legend of John Thompson, Patrick Ewing and the golden era of Hoya basketball.  There's even a blog dedicated to those teams in that time frame.

To Hoya football fans, though, the term Hoya Paranoia has meant something much different.

To them, head coach Kevin Kelly has been fighting a losing battle in the Patriot League, despite being one game away from the title in two of the last three years.  They say that the new reality that has football scholarships in the Patriot League is bad, bad news for the Hoyas, and that the inevitable decline of the program is right around the corner as a result.

In this reporter's opinion, in past seasons, the argument hasn't held water.  The past three seasons have seen the Hoyas come dastardly close to knocking off the Mountain Hawks, and they've beaten every

other team in the Patriot League at least once.

But this season - with the new realities of Patriot League football scholarships - are they right?

These Patsy Ratings certainly won't be the ultimate answer to the question - taking these "for entertainment purposes only" ratings and determining that would be folly.  (Take it from The Committee, who knows exactly how these things are calculated.)

But considering it's all we've got, below the flip, here is Georgetown's Patsy Rating for 2013.
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Patsy Ratings – Lehigh’s Class of 2017

With two Patriot League Championships in three years and a 10-1 record last year, Lehigh head coach Andy Coen certainly has high standards to meet every year.

It's not nearly enough to have a "year off" recruiting when you're at - or, in Lehigh's case, near - the top.  You lose all-league players like WR Ryan Spadola and DT Sajjad Chagani and you have to recruit all-league players to replace them.  There's never any room for error.

Lehigh fans who have been waiting with baited breath to see how scholarships have found their way into Coen's class of 2017 finally have a chance to discover what, if any, impact scholarships have.

The Patsy Ratings offer an answer, and it's a surprising one.

Scholarships seem to have had a good impact on Lehigh's first scholarship class.  Did it give Lehigh the same type of large Patsy Point class that, apparently, Colgate and Fordham had?  No, it did not.

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Patsy Ratings – Holy Cross’ Class of 2017

Every once in a while, a Patsy Point class crosses the desk of the Committee where the Members check the other side of the paper for more names.  "Is that all?"  they ask, with no response forthcoming.

Such is the case with Holy Cross head football coach Tom Gilmore's Patsy Point class this go-around, his first with football scholarships at his disposal.

It's a small class, which in and of itself is not a bad thing, necessarily.  But as you'll see below, the Patsy Point rating system was - shall we say - not kind to Holy Cross' incoming class for this season.

Everyone knows, and nobody is more aware of this than the Committee members, that the Patsy Ratings are a deeply flawed system.  They are for entertainment purposes only.  Any resemblance to the true worth of an incoming class is purely coincidental.

Using the same system used for the rest of the incoming classes, however, Holy Cross did not score well for the class of 2017.  Not well at all.

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Patsy Ratings – Fordham’s Class of 2017

Fordham knows the ropes when it comes to football scholarships, and so does head coach Joe Moorhead.

Coming last season from the coaching staff at UConn, and himself a former Fordham football player, he's seen the academic side, and the scholarship side.

One of the great things about the Patsy Ratings is that it treats all schools equally.  Scholarships, grants, it attempts to treat all the teams the same, whether they've been recruiting with football scholarships for one year or four.

Fordham has been ineligible for the Patriot League title the past three years, but they're still eligible for the Patsy Point title in 2013.  Let's see how they did.

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Patsy Ratings – Bucknell’s Class of 2017

Another day, another foray into the Patsy Ratings, where Joe Susan's Bucknell Bison now go under the microscope.

There are no statistics, of course, which say, definitively, that Bucknell wasn't totally using their grant-in-aid money to effectively scholarship football players last season.  (None, except the fact that Bucknell hasn't won a Patriot League football title since 1997.)

But with the prospect of conventional scholarships came the prospect of a different type of recruit becoming attracted to the delights of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  (Delights which escaped me during my "recruiting" trip there, but I digress.)

Did it work?  Is there a significant boost in the type of athletes headed to Bucknell?  And was the net result a Patsy Point haul that reflects this?

The answer is: Sorta.

Yes, there was a boost.  But it didn't net to a huge boost in Patsy Points from year-to-year.

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Patsy Ratings – Colgate’s Class of 2017

Next up in the Patsy ratings extravaganza is Colgate, who, as you'll see in a moment, seem to have not only embraced scholarship recruiting with the gusto The Bear attacks chicken wings, but also seem to have crafted an incoming class that seems, strangely, to almost be geared towards scoring Patsy Points.

The Committee, after seeing the numbers racked up by Colgate in this area, asked a question.  What is, actually, the highest Patsy Rating ever recorded?  Does this mega-class have what it takes to make it to the pantheon of Patsy Rating heroes?

The answer, surprisingly, is no.

In the limited number of years the Patsy Ratings have been running, there have been at least six classes with higher ratings than Colgate's fine class this season - and at least two classes that never enjoyed a Patriot League Championship, thus giving the rest of the league some hope.

It's no secret that Colgate brought in some good ones - but exactly how good is the class?
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Patsy Ratings – Lafayette’s Class of 2017

My first foray in the world of the Patsy ratings is Lafayette, who, in the past five years running, has been the first to announce their incoming class, was (I believe) the first Patriot League school to recognize National Letters of Intent, and has consistently made the biggest deal of "signing day".

The question is on every Lafayette fans' mind, of course: So, now, we have scholarships.  That means those low Patsy ratings for our incoming class are also a thing of the past, right?  Is this the year the big Patsy Points start to roll in?

What different types of kids will we get, they say?  Which head-to-head recruiting battles will we win that, in other years, we weren't even in the running?

This class gives the first opportunity for the Leopards to see exactly what scholarships have wrought.  It's been what all Patriot League fans have been waiting for.  So, what's the result?

The answer, according to the Patsy ratings, is more along the lines of: Meet the new boss.  Same as the old boss.
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The Unofficial Georgetown Commit List for the Class of 2017

High school players across the country right now are making decisions on their college futures, and some are making choices involving Patriot League schools.

The news trickles out slowly, from a variety of sources, and finally ends with the official announcement from the schools of the incoming football recruit class.

But with a little work (and a lot of help), it's possible to get a list together of verbal commits to the individual Patriot League schools. 

Below the flip, get a sneak peek of Georgetown's class of 2017, including links to some highlights, and also embedded video clips - and come back to this page often, as I'm going to be updating it frequently over the next few weeks until the Hoyas officially release their Class of 2017.
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