Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Class of 2013

Two months from now, hundreds of thousands of college seniors will sign with the school of their choice. But without ESPN or Fox Sports at their front door, chances are it'll be done rather quietly.

Not in college football, of course, where a cottage industry began 20 years ago: National Signing Day. Yes, it existed in the past, at least as far back to 1964 when the National Letter of Intent (LOI) program began. But it took off, for better or worse, when the TV cameras arrived to see where high school All-American Jessie Armstead of Dallas' Carter HS would go to school. Armstead signed his LOI for Miami in a hot tub, and the day became an event.

And so, in high schools near and far, with nary a hot tub between them, National Signing Day has taken on a flair not unlike the NFL Draft: every school is king for a day. Except, of course, for schools like Georgetown which chooses not to participate.

That's not to say that Georgetown isn't out there recruiting, only that does not announce the class list in February.

So here is the still-unoffical list to date (in alphabetical order; updates will be ongoing, and subsequent posts will hope to give readers a brief introduction to the young men that will make Georgetown a big part of their lives -- not just for four years on the Hilltop, but for forty more as leaders of their chosen fields.

1. Jeffrey Burke, WR
6-0, 190, St. Edward HS/Lakeland, OH

2. Sarafino Caliguire, C 6-4, 280, Montour HS/Mckees Rocks, PA

3. Janna Chukumerije, LB
6-1, 205, New Rochelle HS/New Rochelle, NY

4. Jordan Cohen, DT
6-2, 245, Cooper City HS/Cooper City, FL

5. Kenneth Furlough, WR
6-4, 185, Brother Rice HS/Chicago, IL

6. Brandon Floyd, WR
6-2, 195, Loyola-Blakefield HS/Baltimore MD

7. Ian Gaston, DB
5-9, 195, St. John's HS/Toledo, OH

8. Jeffery Gazaway, S
6-0, 178, Buford HS/ Buford GA

6-0, 200, Bergen Catholic HS/Oradell, NJ
10. Bryan Head, RB
5-11, 195, Heritage HS/Colleyville, TX

11. Mose Hogan, S
5-10, 196, Country Day School/Beverly Hills, MI

12. Ryan Holder, DL
6-2, 215 lbs, Robinson HS/Fairfax, VA

6-2, 270, Hazleton HS/Hazleton, PA

14. Andy Maliska, DE
6-3, 210, Palo Alto HS/Palo Alto, CA

15. Rob McCabe, LB
6-2, 210, Malvern Prep/Malvern, PA

16. Craig Montgomery, TE
6-3, 218, Cardinal Mooney HS/Sarasota, FL
6-4, 230, Roger Bacon HS/Cincinnati, OH

6-2, 220, Holy Innocents Episcopal/Atlanta, GA
6-2, 230, Buford HS/Buford, GA
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20. Kevin Sullivan, OT
6-2, 255, Bergen Catholic HS/Oradell, NJ

6-4, 260, Flora HS/Columbia, SC