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Update: OL Recruit Alex Officer Tells Fizz “There’s No Clear Front Runner Yet”

The impact left tackle from Rochester has not set a date on when he’ll decide where to play.

Syracuse LT target Alex Officer is the best O-lineman in New York State. What was a quiet early recruiting period for the Eastridge HS (Rochester) tackle has quickly developed into a bidding war among Division I schools. Amidst the attention, Officer tells The Fizz he’s taking his time and has not yet set a decision date.

“There’s no clear front runner yet, and I’m not really focused on when I’ll decide. I just want to focus on this season. After that, I’ll take my official visits, and I’ll decide then.”

The 3-star prospect has been in touch with a few of the schools on his list, though, including Syracuse. He says he first met with SU coaches at the first spring scrimmage in Rochester a few months ago.

“I’ve met with Syracuse many times. They came up here for a scrimmage, and I’ve been down there before. I’ve talked to Coach Marrone, Coach Atkins, and Coach Wheatley. They’ve been constantly in touch with me.”

Sounds like Syracuse’s approach at reaching out to its fans west of the Hill could pay dividends on the field as well. Officer is clearly valuable to Marrone as The Fizz discussed months ago. Plus, Officer’s criteria for choosing a school is nothing SU can’t deliver on.

“I want to go to a school that has a chance to win, a stable coaching staff, and just a nice college town. It would be big for me to make it to the NFL. To do what you love every day would be a blessing.”

With Andrew Tiller going to the Saints in the 6th round this year, SU adds to it’s alumni in the NFL, and on the O-line. But the expectations for Officer – should he commit – are going to be much higher. Not only does SU have to make up for the departure of Justin Pugh after this year, it also has to construct an line capable of protecting a first-year starter. Officer welcomes the challenge.

“Yeah, I think I could carve out a pocket for a first year QB. I feel like I could come in and contribute my first year. Obviously, the coaching I’d receive would make me better.”

Officer has the size, the skill, and the confidence. He’s a naturally instinctive blocker and could be a catalyst for a new, more exciting, fast-paced offense. All he needs now is to decide where he’ll take his talents.

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A look into Syracuse recruit Alex Officer’s twitter reveals his sights are set like many elite high school football players on the NFL. Tiled across his background is the unofficial “NFL Draft 2016” logo, and in his description he lists himself as #D1Bound and #NFLBound.

Sometimes we take for granted the NFL clout that SU can call upon to win a particularly valuable recruiting battle like the one for Ebenezer Ogundeko, or this one for New York’s best O-lineman in Officer. EO was slated to run into Dwight Freeney, Chandler Jones, and even all-time great Jim Brown during what was his supposed final visit to SU before making a decision. For Ogundeko, what an indelible mark that can make on a young player. For Officer, SU can also boast having an offensive lineman taken in this year’s NFL draft: Andrew Tiller was selected by the Saints in the 6th round. SU actually is tied for 6th most ever NFL Hall of Famers by a school with 7, equal to always powerful Alabama.

Rumors buzzed saying Ebo decided on Florida during his time at the Opening camp, but he has now delayed his announcement until January. His three finalists: Florida, Syracuse and Notre Dame all have deep NFL success.

The same friends in high places could be crucial in landing the 6’4″, 300 lb. Officer. While his recruitment has ballooned into a ten offer bidding war the past couple weeks, two smaller schools can probably be crossed off the list of contenders. Monmouth (NJ) is not Division I. Old Dominion is an FCS school. Players with NFL dreams are unlikely to choose either one of those programs.

If ESPN’s offer list is to be believed, AO’s recruitment is a tight, exciting, two horse race between Syracuse and Pitt. However, while Officer has reportedly been in no rush to make a decision, he has picked up a signal on many bigger radars. Officer now sits with offers from Boston College, Buffalo, UConn, UMass, Pitt, Purdue, Syracuse, and Temple. The battle for New York’s best offensive lineman is on, and if it comes down to ties with the NFL, the Orange has a strong leg to stand on.

Posted: Jake Moskowitz

17 Comments on this Post

  1. If indeed he does decide to come here to play, Syracuse will then have a starting OL averaging approximately 315 lbs. That’s about the size of any starting OL in the NFL.
    That’s impressive man,just impressive!!

    The one thing that I’ve noticed about this years recruiting is that the staff is doing a fantastic job of getting good athlete’s to come to Syracuse and by doing so is automatically keeping the nay-sayers quiet.

    GO CUSE

  2. Russell MacEachern

    he’d be a great get….looks like a man!!!I doubt BC will be a problem,Spazoo”s seat has to be the hottest in the country!!RBs love a school w/solid OLs..

  3. Officer is a critical piece of the winning puzzle that Marrone must get and fit into his team. Doug has a quality quarterback coming into the program and a stable of big time running backs that might be getting another huge name and speed in Laray Smith. O-linemen are a must get for Doug. Not just “project kind either . They must be ready to go when coming into the Dome.They shouldn’t be used as freshmen unless we are talking about an emergency.Thats not likely.There should be sufficient and adequate depth to put in there instead of blowing the red-shirt year.

  4. Cuse Don't Luse

    @Chris and everyone else on this site is allen an exciting get? yes but he has a lot of pressure he did good in the elite 11 but not great as he didn’t make the top 11 i know that is still good for our standards but the world cannot be expected from him

  5. Russell MacEachern

    Im with ya Cuse Don’t Lose!!we can hope but can’t expect instant results from Allen…he may need time to develop and adjust to the East coast culturally and academicly but have to admit things are looking up on the “Hill”…now lets get our QBs some OLs..

  6. Norma Stitz

    You guys do realize that SU brought in Kyle Knapp this year and he is a #50 ranked OG by rivals where Officer isn’t ranked right? My point being is that yeah this kid is a man child and definitely a must get for SU but he is not a program changer.
    And I am sorry a QB that is considered a top 25 talent at his position by some experts is absolutely something to get excited about for any program. Start his freshman year? Maybe not but the kid is better than anything on the current roster.
    I mean if you are judging just based on his not making the top eleven then that is just odd. Ohio State, Michigan, Arkansas, Alabama, LSU among other big time programs incoming QBs didn’t make that cut either. He is a great get for SU or any program.

  7. bigdip

    @norma..Agreed! Well put..”everything that glitters….”
    @CDL…As his exposure increases, analysts see him.expectations grow?
    @Chris…good point..HCDM lifelong OL…SU OLs should shine
    @ Russ…Like norma said…we got some OLs coming?

    Officer is a goliath…but these stud “3stars” from Rochester & Buffalo are some funny acting recruits! The closest NFL entry exam is given by Syracuse University! Turner Gill isn’t in Buffalo…its over! Losing good recruits to Pitt, ND, PSU, Uconn, and Rutgirls….when the kid is from UPTNY is pretty embarrassing….but when an unranked OL starts thinking NFL, “karma alert” warnings are going off. If Andrew Tiller got drafted…HCDM could work with any recruit w/ talent and turn him into a “beast”! Officer wouldnt be top15 OL in Pa. OH. Fla. Tex. Cal. Ga. NJ Va. NC Mich. or Canada (lol..), but roster depth is unteachable?

  8. Good stuff on Officer but he can’t be the only offensive lineman of high end talent that the Orange is looking to sign and has major interest in Dou’s program. Spread out and inform. Check out the big time center in Vestal NY for 2014. The kid is also a long snapper at close to 300lbs

  9. SU received solid OL recruits last year, but they’ve missed out on all their top targets this year. Officer is by far the best OL prospect left on the this year’s table. He could get to the NFL from SU as easily, if not more so, than other teams. He’s an important get. Also, thank you fizz staff for hearing our voices and moving on from EO.

  10. Russell MacEachern

    I see on Rivals message board TE Kevin Haplea fr at PSU is looking at Fla St today and DT Jamil Pollard #1 DL recruit is looking at RU… are we in contact with any of PSU players?…for the most part they seem to be putting up a united front…also looks like Silas Redd rb is USC bound!!

  11. DaBigBlue

    Don’t scratch Old Dominion so fast. They are moving to FBS into CUSA. Looking at ESPN recruiting site they have two verbals from recruits that were offered by Syracuse.

  12. Cuse09645

    Sounds like a must get but you never know how these kids are gonna turn out. I hope he chooses Orange but its not the end of the world if a 3 star ol doesn’t pick us. 2 stars 3 stars=Really no one can tell me how these kids are gonna turn out.

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