Syracuse Looks for Commitment from Former QB turned Tight End

Who will Syracuse recruit to replace Josh Parris at tight end?


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Josh Parris has a special place in Syracuse football history. He caught a touchdown pass with six seconds remaining in Syracuse’s Nov. 30 game against Boston College. That touchdown made the Orange bowl eligible, sending Syracuse to the Texas Bowl and knocking off Minnesota. But Parris will be gone next year, and there’s no player currently on the team primed to take his place. 

But in Illinois, there’s a high school football player by the name of David Edwards, and he has Syracuse on his radar as a member of the Class of 2015.  Currently a junior at Downers Grove North High School in Downers Grove, Ill., which is about 20 miles west of Chicago, Edwards is a quarterback in high school but plans to make the move over to tight end at the collegiate level.

For a kid considering Syracuse, it would be a good fit for him in terms of playing time as an upperclassman. Parris will be gone at the end of the 2015 season, and Edwards would be a backup to Tyler Provo and Kendall Moore.

Edwards has great size and built as a tight end. He is 6’6” and 225 lbs. He certainly has a size advantage as a high school quarterback, but with a little more strength, he has the height and size to be a very solid tight end.

He’s a 3-star recruit according to Rivals, and the 12th best player in the state of Illinois. The demand is high for the dual-threat play-caller. 

Edwards has interest in Arkansas, Ball State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Washington, Western Michigan, and Wisconsin, according to Rivals. However, only Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Syracuse, and Wisconsin have made offers to Edwards.

Looking at the list of schools that have made offers to Edwards, perhaps he is looking to stay local. There are numerous Big Ten schools on the list, with Syracuse being the lone ACC school.  

The Fizz’s Austin Pollack will speak to Edwards about his interest in Syracuse and the rest of his college search next week.

Posted by: Austin Pollack

20 Comments on this Post

  1. chris

    Getting a TE that actually can be an offensive threat for the Orange would be a long overdue prospect. Provo was the last TE who could get himself downfield an open for a game changing pass.

  2. BK SU FB Fan

    I’m confused doesn’t Parris have 2 additional years of eligibility??? I need to go look at that. Either way the search for a new age TE should always be underway. We have seen those types of TE become offensive difference makers in the NFL and college.

    Ideally, I’d like to see the Orange recruit a traditional in-line blocker type and the new age pass catching mismatch creating receiving threat.

    But outside of recruiting the pass catching TE, we have to see that asset utilized.

  3. @Austin Pollack;

    i think that ir would be great if David Edwards decided toi commit to Syracuse. He should realize the fact of almost getting early playing time if he did come.

    After reading your article I have a couple of questions about the amount of schools that have and have not offered.

    The list of schools tha say are interested in him I find interesting. Do they just throw their schools names into the mix for any recruit,when in reality they have no interest at all,so that schools like Syracuse stay’s focused spending a lot of time and money to see them play and talk with?

    There’s no way in hell that any of these schools can cover all of the recruit’s that’s spread across the nation.

    The schools that haven’t offered yet,Arkansas, Ball State,Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Washington, Western Michigan. When I read about the schools that haven’t offed a scholarship yet,only gives credence to the fact,are they really interested or not?

    Then I was going to ask if an early signing period would benifit the schools and recruit? Earlier I read that the ACC is going to propose a plan for an “early signing day” to the NCAA at some time this year.

    I just think a lot of these schools enter their school names for a kid just to try and confuse the recruit,when their main focuse is to screw as many of the other schools as possible. The games people play at times aren’t funny,the recruits need to realize just how big and important their decision will be.

  4. I bet Ron Thompson would look good at TE this season. We also have Enoicy coming in who’s the top rated prospect in the class. He’s listed as a WR but he has TE specs and would fit much better there with our current roster

  5. @Nick;

    Ron Thompson looked real good at DE during the Spring Football Game. This could be his break out year for the orangemen,I expect him to raze hell with the defense and should get to the opposing QB’s quite a bit this year.

    However I do agree coming to Syracuse as a 4* TE,it would have been nice to see him play that position this year.

  6. Terry

    I have been preaching quality TE’s TE’s TE’s for years and really very few were interested in SU except Thompson!! When SU had a majority win seasons it had a QUALITY TE playing and most importantly making winning catches too. Tall is the answer in the red zone too. 6’2″ TEs are not the norm now unless they can moon jump!! 6 foot and 4 inches and up are the plums for TE’s and 230+ lbs!!

    Ron- always wondered to about programs just throwing their name in the mix for quality players too. But at the same time for the last 2 years HCSS and staff did that=shot gun method and what did it get SU??? A lot of names with “so-called” interested, but really not in SU!!

    I like the early signing period for football recruits. It would help SU greatly!! Sign them before the higher rated programs get them!! Just make it mandatory once signed to a program its a must go. No changed of mind allowed. Man up on their choice!!


  7. BK SU FB Fan

    I don’t like the early signing period at all for the very same reasons we complain about kids pulling back from verbals. At 17-18 years old, your college choice is probably the biggest decision you will make until later on in life. There is no reason to rush that process along. Give these kids all the time they need to make their choices. Let them finish out their hs season and exams then choose a college.

    Then ofcourse its a binding agreement. Ofcourse its a 2way binding agreement for everyone involved. The University(and Coach) have to be committed and the student athlete has to be committed. If the school is only obligated year by year then the student as the ability to go elsewhere at the end of that year by year agreement. If they school is locked in for 4 years, the kid kid is locked in for 4 years(with some wiggle room and exceptions for the benefit of both parties).

  8. Terry

    These players of today if talented are hit upon by at least Soph. season in high school. Years back maybe it would be different but not today. By November of their senior season of HCFB they know or at least have a damn good idea where they want to go. So early would not hurt them at all. Besides it can’t help their HSFB team waiting either. Get it over with by November and play the season out knowing where your going. This also will help the crap about some of these players playing the limelight game as LOI day nears!! Early sign is a great idea!! No brainier for SU!!

  9. Moving the signing day up to allow any recruit the opportunity to commit to a school early has it’s pros and cons.

    How early would they move the date to? Would it be before their senior season of football ? What happens if they commit to a university at that time and then gets hurt during the season? If the recruit gets hurt will the university still have to take them? I’m sure that there’s going to be a ton more of questions that’s going to be asked and needs to be answered before they move the date.

    The only positive thing that I can come up with is the university won’t have to keep traveling to the recruits school to see if he’s still interested in coming to their school and can move on to another recruit that looks promising,saving time and money in the process.

    I like the idea of playing schools in the other division more on a regular basis and I hope that Syracuse never shies away from playing the likes of a Clemson or a Florida State. I feel that if you want to be good you have to play the best. So play the best!!

    Top rated recruits have always committed early to a school and later changes his mind and goes somewhere else. All one needs to do is follow Alabama’s yearly recruiting and you’ll see how many recruits come and go

  10. BK SU FB Fan

    And truthfully for non athletes the college decision making process is pretty agonizing. I say take as much time as possible.Plus with the year to year changes in coaching staffs and the like guys could be committed in October to a coach who isn’t even there in January. For me there is no rush. If a kid really wants to go to a certain school they will still be able to go…and if possible they can complete their hs requirements and enroll early enough to get into spring ball.

  11. I really don’t know if moving the signing day would be a good idea or not. Look at the comments made for and against the idea by a few members of the Fizz Family. If we can’t come to a conclusion as to what’s best for college recruiting,how is it going to be when the NCAA and it’s membership meet to decide what the best course of action should be?

  12. Terry

    I would suggest “early date” of the end of November and for those that can’t justify why they can’t make up their minds!! And the regular LOI date for those who want time or play the limelight game of recruiting!!

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