Feb. 6, 2014
2014 Patriot League Football Recruiting Class
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Six Patriot League football teams announced their recruiting classes on Wednesday, with a combined 116 student-athletes entering the schools in the fall of 2014.
Defending Patriot League champion Lafayette brought in 26 student-athletes, while Holy Cross had 23. Colgate (20), Lehigh (19), Bucknell (18) and Fordham (10) also announced recruiting classes on Wednesday, while Georgetown has not yet done so as the Hoyas use a different procedure for financial aid awarding.
In February of 2012, the Patriot League Council of Presidents endorsed a policy that allows athletic merit aid for the sport of football and began with the class entering school in the fall of 2013. Each school is permitted to award no more than the equivalent of 15 athletic financial aid awards each year to incoming football student-athletes.
Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Lehigh are each bringing in their second class with athletic merit aid, while Fordham is on its fifth class after switching to the model for student-athletes entering in the fall of 2010. Because the Rams' first three classes with athletic merit aid went against League policy at the time, Fordham was ineligible for the Patriot League title and automatic playoff berth from 2010-13. The Rams will have their eligibility back in 2014 for both the League title and automatic playoff bid.
The Patriot League schools brought in a combined total of 116 student-athletes from 20 different states. There were a League-high 27 student-athletes from Pennsylvania, followed by New Jersey (15), Florida (12) and Illinois and New York with nine apiece.
The schools filled needs across the board, but particularly on the front seven where a total of 20 defensive linemen and 19 linebackers are joining the six teams. Defensive back (18), wide receiver (14), offensive line (14) and running back (11) also had double-digit totals, while five of the six schools signed a quarterback.
More details on the states and positions of student-athletes, along with the full lists for each school, can be found in the 2014 Patriot League Football Recruiting Class