I thought this was a pretty cool thing to see from Dan Hunt - Colgate's Head Football Coach. Tells Alum what's going on from their end and what to expect in February.
Dear Supporters of Colgate Football:
I write this in the wake of the first of two National Signing Days that occur in the recruiting season.
We just signed 14 new Raiders this period, and expect another 8-10 to sign at the next signing day in February. It was a great first signing day, as we made it official for all of our early commits. It is a special day for them and their families, and I always enjoy seeing the pictures of each family's signing day experience. So far, we have addressed most of our positional needs. We got our #1 quarterback, which is always huge. We also signed players at offensive line, tight end, receiver, running back, defensive end, kicker, and defensive back. Look for us to sign linebackers, another running back, another offensive lineman, some defensive linemen, and more defensive backs in the next round. We are looking at some very good players who could not visit in December because their teams were playing for a state championship. That is a good problem to have! Because of the NCAA recruiting calendar, we cannot have them on campus again until mid-January, so hang in there if you are looking for more commitments.
We visited 16 players in our two recruiting weekends in December, 14 of whom decided to commit to us. That is an incredible rate, and you are all a big part of it. Whether it is our facilities, our equipment, or our player welfare initiative, your contributions are everywhere in our program. We would be behind in the "arms race" if it were not for you. Also, when I tell the prospective student-athletes’ families about the incredible mentoring and job assistance from programs like MaroonWorks and Maroon Mentors, it is a game changer. These programs provide something that differentiates us from our competition, and we are 100% seeing results from that!
We will keep you posted as things move forward. I just wanted to fill you in on the progress of YOUR program. We are all in this together, and those of us who coach here cannot thank you enough for all you do for it. We appreciate having all of you with us "in the fight,” so from our family to yours, have a great holiday season, and as always, Go, ’gate!!
Dan Hunt Fred ’50 and Marilyn Dunlap Head Football Coach
Last Edit: Jan 2, 2020 13:37:24 GMT -5 by dharry13
A $3M+ endowed chair would allow for a $150,000 per year usage of funds. Being realistic, a $10M endowment makes much more sense, realizing $500,000 for funding. In my opinion, that could represent the Head Coach position compensation at Holy Cross, to make it an attractive position. Rule of thumb is 5% of endowed funds to be utilized annually at the maximum. This keeps the proper balance to the endowed gift.
Quiet period ends Thursday I believe. My understanding is there will be a recruiting weekend this weekend. Prob another 2 weekends after that before 2/5 signing day.
No clue who will be on campus. Prob Dichemin at some point. Saw two coaches follow a kid Matthew Nieves from FL 6’2 245 lb DE.
Still think TE, DT, K have to be priority.
Matt Duchemin is a WR/CB who also returns kicks. Not sure how many remaining spots we have for this recruiting class. I agree that we should try to focus on TE/DL if possible. I haven’t seen Matt Kane (DB - FLA) on the official website as an official member of this recruiting class. Do we know for certain that he is on board?
Technically I believe there are 21 graduating seniors and I'm not aware of any kids coming back for a 5th year. So that would tell you 21 spots, but I don't think that's the case. I personally believe you will see 4-5 on the 2/5 signing day which ultimately leads one to believe there might be a kid or two or more not coming back for a number of reasons. For example - Matt Wood didn't come back this year (not sure of reason), Justin Knotts didn't come back, RB Matt V., etc. Not sure what the ultimate number will be but I'd be shocked if we didn't see 4-5 kids sign on 2/5.
Good question on Kane. My guess is they just didn't update the list as it appeared he had his parents with him at signing day and his High School tweeted about it, and his twitter page has him committed.
Post by Pakachoag Phreek on Jan 15, 2020 9:58:33 GMT -5
Roster size is limited to 90. NCAA caps the total number of players who can receive fin aid at 85, and the PL limits the amount of fin aid received by the 85 to 60 full scollie equivalents.
Notionally, if 21 players who were receiving fin aid 'leave' the team (graduation, drop the sport, etc.) and the team retains 64 players who presently receive fin aid, then the number of new, incoming players on the roster who will be receiving fin aid is 21. The roster could have no more than five preferred walk-ons, who are receiving no aid. Some or all of the five could be true walk-ons, who were not recruited. A true walk-on could receive fin aid (need-based) but true walk-ons don't tweet commitments.
When this board discussed what constituted fin aid in the past, there was no discussion on whether a player who was attending HC at a great discount, because a parent was an employee of the college, if the value of such a discount is considered by the NCAA to constitute fin aid. If so, the player is thus a counter. If not, there are two players on next year's roster with a parent who is a college employee.