Lehigh brings in a class of 20 student-athletes in 2013.
Feb. 7, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - One hundred and thirty-five student-athletes will enter the Patriot League in the fall of 2013 as the first football recruiting class after the League policy changed to permit athletic merit aid for the sport.
Defending Patriot League champion Colgate brought in 21 student-athletes, while Lafayette and Lehigh each had 20, Bucknell brought in 18, Fordham had 17 and Holy Cross signed 16. Georgetown had the largest recruiting class with 23 student-athletes, but used 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 first class with athletic merit aid. Fordham is on its fourth class with athletic merit aid 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 remains ineligible for the Patriot League title and automatic playoff berth in 2013 and its games against League members will not count in the standings for either team.
The Patriot League schools brought in a combined total of 135 student-athletes from 24 different states, as well as the District of Columbia and Canada. There were a League-high 21 student-athletes from Pennsylvania, followed by New Jersey (20), New York (18) and Florida (17).
The schools loaded up on size, with 30 offensive linemen and 26 defensive linemen making up the bulk of the student-athletes. There were also 19 wide receivers, 17 defensive backs and 12 quarterbacks.
More details on the states and positions of student-athletes in the 2013 football recruiting classes are included below, along with the full lists for each school.
2013 Patriot League Football Recruiting Class
By State: Pennsylvania (21); New Jersey (20); New York (18); Florida (17); Illinois (7); Ohio, Virginia (6); Maryland, Massachusetts and California (4); Connecticut, Georgia, Washington and North Carolina (3); Delaware, South Carolina, Colorado, Tennessee and Texas (2); Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Michigan, District of Columbia and Ontario (Canada) (1)
By Position: Offensive Line (30); Defensive Line (26); Wide Receivers (19); Defensive Backfield (17); Quarterbacks (12); Linebackers (11); Punters/Kickers (8); Running Backs (7); Tight Ends (5); Fullback (1); Athlete (1)
Note: Includes two players listed at two positions.
For the full list of announced student-athletes in the class entering in the fall of 2013, go here
The individual announcements from the schools are included below, which include any bios, highlights or interviews along with the lists.