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Ivy schools attract standout recruits

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The top-ranked FCS recruits are going to ... the Ivy League?

It's one of the more overlooked scenarios on the FCS level, but the non- scholarship Ivy programs often attract commitments from players who turn down scholarship offers from FBS programs to both play Division I football and pursue an education at the highest level.

ESPN Recruiting Nation says this year's three highest-ranked high school seniors committed to FCS programs are Ivy-bound. Four-star defensive end Kurt Holuba (6-foot-4, 235) from Bergen Catholic in Oradell, N.J., leads the way as a Princeton recruit.

Holuba had offers from the likes of Florida State, Michigan State, Stanford and Wisconsin before making his college decision.

Harvard's recruiting class includes Larry Allen Jr., a 6-3, 270-pound offensive guard from the storied De La Salle program in Concord, Calif. He had offers from four Pac-12 programs.

Quarterback T.J. Linta of Hamden (Conn.) High has verbally committed to attend Brown. The 6-4, 221-pound pocket passer bypassed offers from Tulane and Virginia for an Ivy League future.

Ivy schools do not participate in National Letter of Intent Day, which will be held Wednesday, signalling the start of a live signing period. The eight schools announce their commitment classes in the spring after obtaining acceptance letters from incoming freshmen.

02/04 14:14:05 ET

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