Syracuse Can’t Overlook JuCo Prize, Rotchill Medor Opening Eyes in Brooklyn

The big offensive lineman would jump at the opportunity to play at the Carrier Dome.

Rotchill Medor exchanged texts with Terrel Hunt all throughout training camp in August. The 6’6”, 325 lbs mammoth offensive lineman was upset to find out his former New York City High School foe and good friend didn’t nab Syracuse’s starting job week 1 against Penn State. Hunt’s college career may have started with a little bit of frustration – just like Medor’s – but now the ship has been righted. Soon enough for both. And now all Rotchill (pronounced Roh-Chill) can do is think of joining his fellow NYC brethren on the gridiron next season.

“If Syracuse gave me an offer, that would be my number one school at the top of the list. Being that it’s in New York, and I’m a New York dude, I want to ride with the home team.”

The current ASA Junior College product started his college career at Southern Connecticut State in 2011. He graduated from Lincoln High School that spring with former city studs Brandon Reddish, Ivan Foy and Wayne Williams – all of whom will finally be wearing the same uniform again in 2014. Medor, back in Brooklyn after transferring home to ASA before the 2012 season, could soon enough be wearing the orange with his former teammates.

SU has not extended an offer yet to what could be the most underrated prospect in New York. But the Orange coaching staff was just down visiting the ASA campus on Monday and chatted with Head Coach Dennis Orlando. He’ll send film of a few players, including Rotch, to Syracuse. It would be a waste if the SU coaches did not give this roadblock of a football player a look. Williams, who’s playing one more season alongside Medor for the Avengers, called the offensive lineman the next biggest name coming out of NYC. It’s high praise for Medor, who tells The Fizz he wants to represent his hometown up north.

“I want to give New York football more exposure, and playing for New York. Being a city kid, and being around basketball courts every block, a lot of people don’t get to play football, and playing football in New York, you’re almost like an outsider. I want to play for Syracuse and give NY football a big name. We want to put Syracuse football on the map, me and [Williams] together.”

Medor does not have any offers yet. But is getting serious attention from Kentucky, and one may be on the way from the Wildcats. Unfortunately, despite his talent, Rotch has almost become accustom to “vanishing” scholarship offers. His SAT scores were not high enough to qualify for FBS schools. He was all set to go to Rutgers, but because of the poor scores, never received that offer. After one year in the Nutmeg State, he transferred to ASA to play with the nation’s most elite Junior College talent, a decision he would not regret.

(Check out a profile on Medor at 17:15 mark below)

Back home in Brooklyn, Medor has spent the last two years working in Coach Orlando’s strict and regimented football schedule. He tells The Fizz he feels as ready as he’ll ever be for D-I athletics. Rotch is a starter this year on the line, and a powerful run-stopper. He’s also well-spoken and very caring individual. His desire to succeed has made him the best at his position.

“It’s my work ethic, and my consistency. Always trying to better myself whether it’s academically or on the field. I always stay focused and try and keep my teammates on the same track.”

He learned how to be a great lineman from his teammates. Leon Brown started last year at ASA at OL. He mentored Rotch in his first season. Taught him how to be a leader.

“The O-Line is a unit, it’s not just one person. I’m just trying to keep everyone on track because once that happens it magic. You move the ball perfectly, and the game goes smoother as opposed to everyone out there doing their own thing.”

Rotch now gets to watch Brown occasionally on national television for the Alabama Crimson Tide. It’s the advantage of playing for a program that mimics colleges at the FBS level: you’re automatically ready to compete when you step on that campus you transfer to. Look at Josh Kirkland for the Orange. The Butler Community College transfer is fourth on the team with 16 bone-jarring tackles. That’s the type of significant influence Rotch thinks he can make if SU is willing to give him a chance.

It would make perfect sense to have a 6’6” 325 lbs OL packaged with a 6’6” 325 DL in Wayne Williams travel to SU together. Because of his size and experience, Medor is a player the Syracuse coaches need to take a chance on. He may be the guy opening the holes for his buddy Hunt down the road.

Posted: Kevin Fitzgerald

21 Comments on this Post

  1. bk su fb fan

    I have a feeling the Orange will offer him. Many fans have mentioned that the recruiting has been light on OLinemen. He’s a local cat wiith ties to the current roster. Seems like a fit

  2. Slam dunk. Seems like a good get and a guaranteed commit.

  3. Coach Shafer,is there any doubt/question as to why Syracuse wouldn’t offer this kid?

    A 6’6″ 325 lb OL with game experience,what are we waiting for,go get the kid coach. I would love to have him here for two years.

    The best about this kid is he’s a NY player.

  4. Does he have the grades?

  5. Ron,who is this newbie JB?He talks alot for someone who hasn’t earned his bones?I never heard of him before the Tulane game now he thinks he’s chairman of the board here?You know he’s a kid w/o the sense to observe,learn and then talk!

  6. @Ron,its grades!Were a better academic school than RU and they wont touch him!

  7. Sorry guys but can I change the subject here for a second. I’M PISSED AS HELL!! I lost all faith in the NCAA. PSU just got away with a whopper/major sin!! My in-laws hinted about this would happen at the PSU/SU game. I laughed at that!! PSU will get some of their #’s recruits back. BULL-BLEEP to that!! RAPE is RAPE!! Child rape at that. This is not about $$$$$ changes hands to players from outside places or grades or a new car to a prize player. THIS ABOUT CHILD RAPE!!! The claim from the NCAA is that its a crimminal matter. NO SHOOT!! That’s why you don’t let PSU get away from this disaster!! How does the families or the raped kids handle this because I believe (there were more kids raped and not told about) and PSU knows that. ESPN and its fellows are complelely for this recruiting numbers thing for PSU. They claim the NCAA actions towards PSU was “OVER THE TOP”. And it should of been!! I have for countless decades and still do worked with people effected by all kinds violence and to forget the crime “does not” work. You have to get out to the public that CHILD RAPE is not acceptable at all/NEVER!! No matter at all who did it!! Right now I’m in the minority from the sporting nation if you believe these idoits from ESPN=The bible of Sports Reporting!! I can probably bet you that none of them had their cherished child raped and not at all reported this crime for years. The hell with the NCAA on this one. I have never been raped and have no idea how it would effect me, but I know one thing PSU got away with this one. Even if they still lost some stuff for their program. Big deal!! What the NCAA, PSU and ESPN forget is what the these kids actually lost in that shower room at PSU. DO NOT FORGET THESE KIDS EVER. No matter how much $$$ they get for being raped!! The above mentioned organization did!!


  8. I agree with Terry. When the sentencing came out I thought the NCAA had finally done something right.. and now this.

    It’s a shame how soon everyone forgets.

  9. This kid looks like a very big boy and I am glad to see he is getting visits from the SU coaches. As for the lads grades, I do not know what the status happens to be. Also, I agree with Terry about the Penn State rape case. The NCAA comes up often with very bad decisions (who are these clowns?) and the latest Sandusky softening is disgusting

  10. This begs the question. Do the recruiting gurus at Syracuse know about this kid and his feeling about the Orangemen? Are we still the “Orange?”This kid is interesting but invisible if the coaches don’t know about him at this point.

  11. PennSte officials and that A-hole Paterno knew what was going on with Sandusky but were too concerned with the football program than protecting kids from being raped. I’ll never forget this regard less of what the NCAA and ESPN do in response. That Paterno died in disgrace is small concilation for those kids and parents.

  12. Kevin Fitzgerald

    Hey Guys,

    Rotch’s grades are fine. He has a 3.57 right now and is trying to push it up to a 3.7. He’s in great academic shape, and has worked very hard this past year.


  13. Terry,Now I’m sorry they(PSU) did’nt get at least a 5 year TV ban or a 2 year death penalty!They got away with it so like Terry I’m pissed too!!Unbelieveable that the media(espn) is sympathizing with PS and not the kids(except the recruits PSU is missing out on)!!Its a CULT!

  14. Thanks Kevin for clearing up that mystery but why has everyone else needing OL help steered clear?Thats a real mystery?


    I’m with you a thousand percent on this one Terry. I’ve always told my kids that if anyone ever laid a hand on any of my grandchildren and hurt them(rape)in any shape or manner that I hoped the police would get tovthem before I would because I’d kill the bastard who committed the crime against them.

    As for the NCAA,they’ve always been a friggin joke to me. I lost it back when they gave SMU the death penality. Now they let the big programs get away with murder. You and everyone has always wondered why we don’t get those big time recruits,well set and think about the money and things that go on behind closed doors. The reason we don’t get those recruits is because Syracuse doesn’t have any deep pocketed alum to pay for them to come here.

    I couldn’t believe it either reading that story on ESPN lastnight. I feel they should hang Sandusky by the baslls until they fall off and then hang him by the neck until he’s dead. Better yet Terry,I feel that maybe he shouldn’t be afforded a trial by juror’s. They should just turn him over to people like us who has raised families and stood by their children for all of their adult lives. I’m sure that we could make him pay for what he did to those children.

    OOrah Terry;I’m with you kid. One Thousand percent.

  16. @Russell Stugots;

    Russ I don’t know who this JB person is. But I do know that he hasn’t paid his dues to the fraternity yet.

  17. City Gridiron

    Rotch would be a tremendous addition to the Cuse. Great football player and a better kid.

    He doesn’t have a lot offers yet because he didn’t start as a frosh. Now that he’s starting he’ll get the film necessary for offers.

    Due to scheduling glitches ASA has only played 2 games so far this season so he still doesn’t have a lot of film

    Great Article !

  18. Yeah this would be an awesome get for the Cuse. It would help with playing in the ACC for sure. By watching the video that was with the story. One has to think that his grades are getting better. I would think that if Cuse is serious about this player and the d-line player Williams. The university would be able to provide some kind of tutor or guidance for them.

    By the way Terry. I too am with you in your statement. When I was on my break at work and heard that from watching ESPN. It just made me upset. It just seems to me that people in higher places just don’t get it. To say that PSU has suffered enough and give them back what was taken from them is wrong. Who give those kids back their lives that was taken from them.

    I got to ask you though. I saw a story on ESPN’s 30 for 30 about the same thing. It happened back in the early to mid 80’s I think. Anyway, it was about a karate instuctor who had raped a child. The sad part bout iut was that the family had no idea.Kept sending thier son to this man. One day the man kidnapped the kid and took him to California. He took him from Louisiana. Well when they foung him and brought him back for his trial. The father of the boy shot the man point blank in the head and killed him instantly. Caught it right on TV. News station was filming the police bringing him in at the airport. Well to tell ya. When the father went to trail for this mans murder. The jury found the father not guilty. I would ask if you haven’t seen it you should.

  19. sounds like the marketing new yorks college team is starting to grow on some of the recruits. cudos to gross on that one great way to market syracuse as new yorks college team.

  20. rotch is a big time kid if not picked up by SU which I think would be crazy..he will get picked up by a big time school!!!

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