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Offensive Line Recruit Jason Emerich (PA) Chooses Syracuse

“I’m real excited about the football program. I think Marrone has it going in the right direction.”

(Update: Wednesday. 9:48a – Jason Emerich has given his verbal commitment to the Orange after a second campus visit yesterday. The Fizz reported yesterday Emerich would be on campus Tuesday. The Fizz spoke to his father over the weekend. He is the ninth member of SU’s recruiting class for ’12 and the sixth this month to give his verbal.

“I really got a good feel for the coaches, and we get along great,” Emerich told the P-S. “I’m real excited about the football program. I think Coach Marrone has it going in the right direction.”

The win is also important because it keeps Emerich away from UConn and Coach P. He was being recruited by lower-tier schools like Akron, Temple and Buffalo as well.)

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Offensive lineman Jason Emerich from Blue Mountain High School in Schuylkill Haven, PA is making a campus visit to Syracuse today. Emerich is listed at 6’4” 275 lbs. heading into his senior season at Blue Mountain, and is rated as a two-star recruit on Scout.com. Syracuse has already offered a scholarship to Emerich, as have five other schools, including Coach Paul Pasqualoni and UConn. According to Emerich’s father, the Orange may be the leader.

“He visited UCF this weekend, and is going up to Syracuse Tuesday; he really likes it up there. We’ll see what happens, but he really likes Marrone and the coaching staff. I think that’s where he wants to go.”

Reportedly, he has already visited SU earlier in the process. Two trips to CNY can’t be a bad thing and may point to a decision on Syracuse soon. Emerich expects to make his choice in the next few weeks. It sounds like if today’s visit goes well, the Orange could beat out UConn, Temple, UCF, Buffalo, and Akron for Emerich’s commitment. While a two-star tackle isn’t the type of recruit that’s going to galvanize a fan base, those are the types of small recruiting victories that can add up and eventually contribute to a winning football program.

As The Fizz has written before, SU isn’t quite ready to compete for the nation’s elite. For now, the battles for kids like Emerich need to be slam dunks for Syracuse. An offensive lineman from a football hotbed in Pennsylvania with an offer from Big East rival Connecticut would be a solid pull for The Dougie.

Emerich has good size already at 275, with still another year of high school in front of him, and will certainly add to that before he steps on the field in college. He’s an aggressive blocker in the running game, and is solid in the passing game as well. In watching film of the tackle, his most impressive attribute is the way he finishes his blocks.

He earned second team AAA all-state honors in Pennsylvania his junior season, and anchored an O-Line that paved the way for over 230 rushing yards per game. While Emerich certainly isn’t the big fish Orange fans are waiting for, he would be a nice addition to this recruiting class for Syracuse, and today’s visit could push the Orange a few steps closer to a commitment.

Posted: Steve Neikam


7 Comments on this Post

  1. It really doesn’t matter to me that Jason is rated as a two-star athlete by Scout.com. I would make the bet that the person who gave him the two-star ranking hasn’t traveled to his school to watch him play at all.
    I’m sure that Jason has watched and seen the improvement of the offensive line at Syracuse.
    The’ve gone from being the cellar dwellers of the Big East in 2010 to group that will lead their team to chance of the Big East Championship and another bowl game in 2011. I think that any school that has a chance to get a 6’4″ 275 lb. lineman come to their program is well worth the effort.
    Let’s hope Jason picks the Cuse to play ball.
    Go Cuse.

  2. I just finished reading an article written by ESPN’s Big East football blogger Andrea Adelson asking the question. Will SU have the best offensive line in the Big East this season?
    If Jason hasn’t seen it yet, then someone ought to direct him to it. Just to reinterate my point from earlier post, Syracuse’s offensive line is no longer the laughing stock of the Big East.

    LET’S GO CUSE!!!!!!!

  3. SyracuseFan.com says jason Emerich committed to SU this morning. Fizz, you guys had pretty good timing on your article, just need to update it as the day goes on

  4. Steve Neikam

    Chad, yes he has. Good job by you. Like I said this isn’t the type of committment that will get people really excited, but I think Emerich is a real nice pickup for the Orange. He’s already got the size at 6’4″ 275, and although he’s only rated as a two star, I’m always in favor of putting more stock in what a kid does on the field than in his “star” rating. That being said, second team All-State in Pennsylvania is nothing to sneeze at, and if you watch the video above Emerich absolutely mauls defenders in the run game. Solid, underrated pickup for Marrone.

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  6. George Jameson

    Im not sure who the kid is in the #74 jersey in the older videos. But I think Jason Emerich should bring him to the Cuse also. He is a great blocker also.

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