I have been talking to a lot of Ivy League schools. Some of the other schools that I know of that have expressed interest are Colorado State, Washington State, Colorado, Boise State, Cornell, Penn, Harvard, Yale, and Columbia.
Also his twitter account states he weighs 205, which is a weight more consistent with the photo of him with the ball.
At the start of this tape of his freshman year at another high school, he throws a TD pass 45+ yards in the air.
For the third Saturday in a row, Holy Cross had a "Junior Day" in conjunction with a spring practice session.
1. There seem to be far more tweets by "Junior Day" attendees than in any previous year. 2. There were numerous comments by Junior Day attendees about the excitement and rapid pace of the spring practice session. 3. There were numerous positive comments about the facilities.
ATH JOE RIVERS, 6-0, 210, Bishop Fenwick HS, Peabody, MA Twitter: @jrivs54 Hudl highlights: www.hudl.com/profile/11661879/Joe-Rivers HC is his first offer (Rivers apparently visited today for Junior Day -- and see page 1 for a previous post about Rivers visiting Holy Cross back in October).
Just a guess on my part -- I think "assured" is a little too strong, but presumably coaches know the academic record and are confident that admission is "likely."
There was an episode a few years back where HC made an offer to a recruit and then the recruit was denied by Admissions. (He was subsequently admitted to, played football for, and graduated from Lafayette.)
there is a 'prospect questionnaire' that asks for basic academic info, including has the prospect registered with the NCAA Eligibility center. I think an offer is contingent on verification [by Admissions] of what is on the questionnaire...
Common practice for college football is the use of slots set aside by the Admissions Dept for recruits.While it may present a lack of AD oversight on academic credentials for those recruits at some colleges, the same cannot be said for the PL. In effect the slots create a separate admission pool for recruits. The recruits still have to meet the academic standards of the school and the PL. The difference is they are not competing for a spot in freshman class with all other applicants. NLI cannot be signed until the recruit has beem OKed by AD. The AD has the final say on who gets admitted. Crucial that coaches have a good working relationship with Admissions to build a successful program. The number of slots given each year is a subject of negotiation between coaches and their ADs.Holy Cross should be familiar with the consequences of a hostile AD. An AD can limit the number of slots given the coach and/or apply a more stringent series of requirements for this separate football pool.
Importantly, at HC and other high quality schools, it is the Admissions Office and not the Athletics Department which makes the decision on admitting applicants. I remember a coach at a "big time" athletic school rhetorically asking: Do you think that Admissions tells me and decides who gets admitted and plays on my team? No way! The coach decided and not the Admissions Office. (cf. recent scandal.) At Harvard for each student-athlete applicant, the Admissions Office evaluates the application and each applicant gets interviewed and the Admissions Office decides.( I know about the AI and bands) I would hope and assume that HC follows a similar process. It's all about institutional integrity. LoveHC
As richh notes above, coaches are largely making decisions on their slotted players within certain pre-determined parameters. We have a family friend who was recently recruited to Harvard. Because he was late to the game at Harvard and had a chance to get in among the regular pool with a push from the coach, he was not given one of the 5 agreed slots for his sport on the thought that he didn’t need as much help to get in as the 5 slotted players.
Another anecdote -- told to me directly by a member of the former staff.
A recruit comes to Holy Cross on an official visit and is interviewed by the Admissions Office. The coach asks Admissions if the recruit will be admitted so that he can request a commitment from the recruit. Admissions says something to the effect of "Well, we like him, but we can't give you a decision right now." A week or two later, the recruit visits another Patriot League school and commits to that school during that visit. Perhaps a bit of wishful thinking, but the staff member was convinced that if Admissions had given the OK during the visit, the recruit would have committed to Holy Cross and ended his recruitment right there.
It's possible that the relationship between the football staff and the Admissions Office has improved since that time. I certainly hope so.
I think we may see higher quality among the recruits this year and from now on. Quality may offset quality (though both are needed). It is amazing to me when I see with whom HC is competing for talent!