Can the Orange walk into the Land of Lincoln and snare a Midwest product?
Syracuse’s ’14 football class has shaped up nicely with the recent commitment of K.J. Williams, who wrapped up the first wave of Orange commits. Many high school seniors are waiting until after their season to begin making decisions, but one player plans to make his in the coming weeks.
Aaron Roberts, an offensive guard for De La Salle Institute in Chicago, is down to Illinois and Syracuse. Roberts already visited Illinois recently and loved his trip to Champaign. He plans visiting Syracuse on August 9th and will likely to make his decision shortly after. Oklahoma also has shown interest but unless the Sooners offer soon, Roberts will probably be in a shade of orange.
The 6’4” lineman almost tips the scales at 300 pounds and is already blessed with the size SU loves. The three-star recruit has been one of the many players active with current SU commits on Twitter. If all goes well during his visit to the Hill, he’ll be using the #CuseTwitterArmy hashtag quite a bit.
Roberts could be a key pickup for the Orange with the recent uncertainty surrounding Chad Mavety. The Orange are thin on the offensive line, so a boost in the protection department is crucial for this class. With Macky MacPherson entering his final year with the Orange, a stockpile of talent on the line will make it easier to find his successor. A move to the center or tackle position could be in the cards for Roberts.
Roberts is an example of a continued effort to recruit heavily in the Midwest. With all the connections the coaching staff has in the area, it makes sense SU’s impact is being felt there. Running backs coach DeAndre Smith has been heavily involved in recruiting Roberts. Smith grew up in Missouri and would love to have a big body like Roberts to block for his players. Syracuse is battling Illinois for a big lineman, and it looks we may have a decision in the next couple of weeks.
Posted: Zephan Mayell