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Harvard football announces Class of 2017

Posted by Craig Larson, Globe Staff  May 1, 2013 01:31 PM

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By Craig Larson, Globe Staff

Is there another Kyle Juszczyk among the 29 football recruits headed to Harvard Stadium in September? Time will tell.

Even as a freshman, Juszcyzk (11 catches, 3 touchdowns in 2009) was a worthy contributor on a 7-3 squad, showing flashes of the toughness, versatility, poise, and ball skills that would eventually attract the attention of pro scouts. That came to fruition last Friday night, when the 6-foot-1-inch, 248-pound fullback/tight end was selected by the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the NFL draft.

Others, such as guard John Collins, the Roxbury Latin product out of Hull who is headed to the Seahawks rookie minicamp next week, may take a bit longer to emerge as an impact player.

Is there the right mix of determination, commitment, and talent in the Class of 2017 to raise another Ivy League banner or two over the next four years? That will certainly not materialize before the Crimson kick off their 2013 season at San Diego Sept. 21, and not likely before the season finale in New Haven on Nov. 23.

But coach Tim Murphy and his staff now have 29 commitments, representing 19 states -- none from Massachusetts, however -- to work with.

There is only one quarterback in the class, but 6-5, 220-pound Joe Viviano (Berwyn, Pa.) chose the Crimson over North Carolina State, Syracuse, UMass, and Yale, among others. And Avon Old Farms outside linebacker John Van Allen selected Harvard over offers from Boston College, Maryland, Duke, and others.

And stepping in for Juszczyk? MaKonnen Ramsey, a 6-4, 252-pound fullback/linebacker from Middleton, Wis., is an intriguing prospect.

OL Kyle Adams (6-3, 275) Succasunna, N.J./Roxbury
CB Kolbi Brown (5-11, 180) The Woodlands, Texas
LB Darien Carr (6-0, 215) Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel
RB Dominick DeLucia (5-9, 203) Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon
RB Bo Ellis (5-9, 185) Homestead, Fla./Gulliver Prep
WR Anthony Firkster (6-3, 220) Manalpan, N.J.
CB Joseph Foster (5-11, 180) Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponas
OL Justin Fox (6-5, 220) Spartanburg, S.C.
TE Ryan Halvorson (6-3, 225) Coronado, Calif./Colonial Forge
RB Philip Hay (6-0, 180) El Dorado, Ark./Parkers Chapel
LB Caleb Johnson (6-4, 220) Slatington, Pa./Northern Lehigh
TE Adam Ledford (6-4, 230) Lawrenceville, Ga./Brookwood
WR Christian Lee (6-0, 140) Mt. Juliet, Tenn./Wilson Central
TE James Martterr (6-3, 235) Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban
DE Miles McCollum (6-3, 245) Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman
DB Raishaun McGee (5-11, 170) Greenwich, Conn./Rye Country Day
LB Dominique Packer (5-11) Conyers, Ga./Heritage
OL Connor Potts (6-6, 300) El Paso, Texas/Franklin
FB MaKonnen Ramsey (6-4, 252) Middleton, Wis.
OL Max Rich (6-7, 310) Portland, Ore./Jesuit
DE Davon Robertson (6-4, 255) Riverside, R.I./Saint Raphael Academy
DB Eric Ryan (6-2, 200) Newington, Conn.
DB Dallas Schray (6-0) Carolton, Texas/Hebron
OL Christian Shigley (6-4, 271) Sammarnish, Wash./Eastside Catholic
WR John Van Allen III (6-3, 207) Hartford/Avon Old Farms
QB Joseph Viviano III (6-5, 220) Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga
DE Langston Ward (6-5, 250) Spokane, Wash./Mead
OL William Nichols (6-5, 260) Scottsdale, Ariz./Pinnacle
LB Jorrion Wilson (6-0, 180) Odessa, Texas/Permian

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