Harvard, Brown and Dartmouth announce incoming recruiting classes

The three of the four Ivy League Schools in New England recently announced their 2023 recruiting classes two weeks ago. I decided to watch film on some of the top prospects in class.  Here are my thoughts on each class and who some of the impact players are to watch for.


Jackson Bennett, RB – 6’0 – 205 – Windermere, Fla. – Windermere Prep

Kyai Cook, WR – 6’0 – 195 – Duncan, S.C. – Byrnes

Brady Dever, QB – 6’2 – 185 – Rosenberg, Texas – Fort Bend Christian Academy

Tyler Emans, RB – 5’11 – 200 – St. Cloud, Fla. – Harmony

Kai Faucher, OL – 6’5 – 265 – Los Angeles, Calif. – Harvard Westlake

Tyson Holloway, OL – 6’3 – 275 – Rockingham, N.C. – Richmond Senior

Charlie Hines, OL – 6’3 – 265 – San Diego, Calif. – Lincoln

Pierce Leverett, TE – 6’4 – 230 – Houston, Texas – St. John’s

Levi Linowes, TE – 6’3 – 210 – Atlanta, Ga. – Riverwood Int’l Charter School

Michael McGhee, RB – 5’11 – 190 – Greenwich, Conn. – Rye Country Day (N.Y.)

James Murphy, QB – 6’4 – 190 – Reading, Mass. – Reading Memorial

Michael Nesbit, WR – 6’4 – 185 – Charlotte, N.C. – South Mecklenburg

Charlie Pietrosante, OL – 6’5 – 275 – Bloomfield Township, Mich. – Brother Rice

Najih Rahman, WR – 5’11 – 195 – Red Bank, N.J. – Red Bank Catholic

Ben Taylor, TE – 6’4 – 230 – Lake Oswego, Ore. – Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.)

Danny Thompson, OL – 6’4 – 295 – Scituate, Mass. – Scituate

Nico Bossi, DL – 6’3 – 220 – Clarks Summit, Pa. – Abington Heights

Karell “Cap” Davis, DB – 5’10 – 170 – Cincinnati, Ohio – Archbishop Moeller

Tommy Dunn, LB – 6’3 – 210 – Shaker Heights’ Ohio – Phillips Exeter Academy (N.H.)

Kalyl Lindsey, DB – 5’11 – 185 – Framingham, Mass – The Rivers School

Max Malo, LB – 6’2 – 220 – Bellingham, Wash. – Sehome

Stefano Montella, LB – 6’0 – 215 – Long Valley, N.J. – West Morris Central

Jamari Myers, DB – 6’1 – 185 – Allen, Texas. – St. Paul’s (N.H.)

Ike Odimegwu, DL – 6’3 – 215 – Coppell, Texas – Coppell

Karl Schmalz, DL – 6’4 – 245 – Carol Stream, Ill. – Notre Dame College Prep

Camryn Williams-Dalton, DB – 5’11 – 170 – Charlotte, N.C. – West Charlotte

Thoughts: James Perry and his staff brought in a solid class headlined by quarterbacks Brady Dever and James Murphy who will both add to an already talented quarterback room. Dever will play both football and baseball. The 6-2 190 signal caller out of Fort Bend Christian Academy can sling and he is a good athlete who has dual threat potential. Murphy was a four year starter at Reading and has great size at 6-4 190. He has room to grow and develop into a possible starter down the road. Offensive line was also a focal point and the Bears added five newcomers with a lot of upside. Scituate’s Danny Thompson could end up playing offense or defense in the future. Love the wide receiver and tight end additions. Impressed with all of them on film.

Fortifying the defense was also a priority and the Bears did that by bringing in several high level defenders that can play sooner than later. Cap Davis, Kalyl Lindsey, Camryn Williams Dalton and Jamari Myers could find themselves in sub packages as early as this fall. Adding to the pass rush was a priority. Ike Odimegwu, Nico Rossi and Karl Schmalz all have high upside as pass rushers. The Bears like edge guys that are undersized but have length and juice off the ball. All three bring it to the table. 

Overall, this is a solid class that can contribute in the near future. The Bears continue to recruit at a high level.


Godson Ajoku OL 6-6 315 Cantebury School (Conn.) Nigeria
Cameron Alston CB 6-3 195 Conway Conway, S.C.
Jorden Barnes CB 6-0 185 Brentwood Academy Nashville, Tenn.
Andy Belles LS 6-3 200 Houston HS Germantown, Tenn.
Francisco Caballero OL 6-3 270 Gulliver Prep Miami, Fla.
Cam Davenport OL 6-5 330 Ben Davis Indianapolis, Ind.
K.J. Edwards ATH 6-1 170 East/Phillips Andover (Mass.) Rochester, N.Y.
Joshua Johnson DE 6-3 230 Statesboro Statesboro, Ga.
Harrison Keith S 6-1 195 Choate Fairfield, Conn.
Cameron Lee LB 6-4 205 Bishop O’Connell Arlington, Va.
Nick Lemon WR 6-0 180 Cardinal Gibbons Raleigh, N.C.
Max Livingston OL 6-5 275 Grapevine Colleyville, Texas
Jonathan Nelson WR 5-10 175 Bridgeland Cypress, Texas
Colin O’Garro RB 6-1 205 Iona Prep New Rochelle, N.Y.
Keoni Perkins DE 6-3 230 Grand Prairie Grand Prairie, Texas
Will Prince OL 6-5 260 Avon Old Farms West Hartford, Conn.
Woods Ray QB 6-2 200 Homewood Homewood, Ala.
Chris Roper RB 5-11 190 Adairsville Cartersville, Ga.
Grayson Saunier QB 6-3 200 Lafayette HS Lafayette, La.
Max Schlager LB 6-1 195 Trinity HS Camp Hill, Pa.
Ian Scott WR 5-10 165 Brentwood Academy Brentwood, Tenn.
Steve Simpkins LB 6-2 220 Summerville Summerville, S.C.
Samuel Washington DB 6-2 190 Martin Luther King Detroit, Mich.
Matisse Weaver PK 5-10 190 Lander Lander, Wyo.
Bruce Williams DE 6-2 235 Huron Ann Arbor, Mich.
Taysire Williams TE 6-6 230 Jimtown Elkhart, Ind.
Owen Zalc PK 5-10 155 Green Hope Cary, N.C.

Thoughts: Godson Ajoku headlines the group for me. I think he has the potential to develop into an all Ivy Leaguer and a future NFL prospect. Offensive line was a point of emphasis. Cam Davenport played in a good program at Ben Davis and has upside as either a guard or tackle. West Hartford, Connecticut’s and Avon Old Farms alum Will Prince has a great frame and he can put another 25-30 pounds and still be effective. K.J Edwards is going to be a playmaker. He can impact the game both as a runner and receiver. He will also make a difference in the return game. Jonathan Nelson is also an effective slot receiver who can play the X or the Z as well. Woods Ray really impressed me on film with his deep ball accuracy and ball placement. He has good size and is strong in the pocket and as a runner. He could be a steal in this class for the Big Green.

Dartmouth loves their long corners and they got three of them in this class in Cameron Alston, Jorden Barnes and Samuel Washington. Washington can play safety as well. It is a versatile group that gives the Big Green some flexibility on the back end. Joshua Johnson and Bruce Williams are two long, athletic EDGE types that can rush the passer but have the ability to drop in a curl flat zone as well.

The Dartmouth staff once again added a lot of quality and their in-roads down south really paid off as they added a handful of impact players from the region.


Dylan Almeyda, WR | 6-foot-4 | 185 lbs. | North Port, Fla. | North Port

Xaviah Bascon, RB | 5-foot-9 | 190 lbs. | Nahant, Mass. | Swampscott

Win Byerley, Punter/Kicker | 6-foot-4 | 205 lbs. | Charlotte, N.C. | Myers Park

John Chung, DB | 6-foot-1 | 185 lbs. | Hillsborough, Calif. | Sacred Heart Prep

Jack Crowley, DE| 6-foot-4 | 230 lbs. | Milton, Mass. | Milton Academy

Jake Darling, DE | 6-foot-4 | 250 lbs. | Boerne, Texas | San Marcos

Dominik Di Filippo, OG | 6-foot-3 | 315 lbs. | Pierrefonds, Quebec | Williston Northampton School (Mass.)

Spencer Doan, OL | 6-foot-7 | 260 lbs. | Lawrence, Kan. | Lawrence Free State

Jack Donahoe, DB | 6-foot-3 | 200 lbs. | White Plains, N.Y. | Archbishop Stepinac

Josh Fedd, DE | 6-foot-4 | 230 lbs. | Baltimore, Md. | Dunbar

Seamus Gilmartin, TE | 6-foot-4 | 215 lbs. | Hillsborough, Calif. | Junipero Serra

Austin-Jake Guillory, DB | 6-foot-1 | 180 lbs. | New Orleans, La. | Isidore Newman

Damien Henderson, DB | 6-foot-0 | 170 lbs. | Tampa, Fla. | Berkeley Preparatory School

Kyle Johnson, RB | 5-foot-10 | 215 lbs. | Bethlehem, Pa. | Freedom

Owen Johnson, LB| 6-foot-1 | 220 lbs. | Bethlehem, Pa. | Freedom

Isaiah Kacyvenski Jr., DB | 5-foot-10 | 180 lbs. | Weston, Mass. | Buckingham Browne & Nichols

Sean Line, LB | 6-foot-0 | 230 lbs. | Stockholm, N.J. | Pope John

Jacinto Lopez, DT | 6-foot-5 | 250 lbs. | Middletown, N.J. | Middletown North

Ryan Mooney, WR | 6-foot-4 | 170 lbs. | Rochester Hills, Mich. | St. Mary’s Preparatory

Jon Mould, OL| 6-foot-6 | 290 lbs. | Wellesley, Mass. | Xaverian Brothers

Thomas O’Brien, OL | 6-foot-6 | 295 lbs. | Reading, Mass. | Reading Memorial

Peter O’Mara, OL | 6-foot-8 | 300 lbs. | New Providence, N.J. | Pingry School

Logan Reaska, TE | 6-foot-5 | 215 lbs. | West Seneca, N.Y. | St. Francis

Langston Rogers, DB | 6-foot-0 | 180 lbs. | Memphis, Tenn. | Lausanne Collegiate School

Stephen Scourtis, DE| 6-foot-4 | 245 lbs. | State College, Pa. | State College Area

Derek Thompson, OL| 6-foot-2 |280 lbs. | Danville, Calif. | De La Salle

Dante Torres, QB| 6-foot-3 | 195 lbs. | Massapequa, N.Y. | St. Anthony’s

Conor Walsh, DB | 6-foot-2 | 200 lbs. | Charlotte, N.C. | Charlotte Catholic

Conway Zhang, DE | 6-foot-1 | 280 lbs. | Carmel, Ind. | Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

Thoughts: Harvard always recruits well at home and abroad. At home, the additions of offensive tackles Jon Mould and Thomas O’Brien were big scores literally and figuratively. Mould had multiple Power 5 offers so to get a commitment from him speaks to the Harvard brand and the coaching staff. Xaviah Bascon will be the next productive Harvard back. Reminds me a lot of Aidan Borguet. Similar size and running style. Quarterback Dante Torres is a good athlete and brings a dual threat element to the offense. He threw 35 touchdown passes his senior season and rushed for 13. He should be a good fit in the Harvard offense. Dylan Almeyda and Ryan Mooney give the offense some more size on the outside. Harvard likes bigger receivers that can win in contested catch situations.

Two local products could develop into impact players defensively. Defensive end Jack Crowley out of Milton Academy has the size and the length to develop into an effective edge player. Isaiah Kacyvenski Jr out of BB&N can play slot corner or safety and offers some return potential as well. He was dynamic as a receiver in high school. Austin-Jake Guillory and Damien Henderson are both long corners who also offer scheme versatility in that they can play inside or over the top depending on the coverage call. Replacing Truman Jones production will be key. Defensive end/EDGE was an area of need and the staff addressed it in this class. Crowley aside, they also brought in Stephen Scourtis, Jake Darling, Josh Fedd and Conway Zhang as swing end/tackle to fortify the front four.