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West Coast Connection: Syracuse Adds Commits Dunkelberger & Dungey

Can Dunkelberger come in and contribute right away?

Not much is going right in the world of Orange football. But at least SU secures a few more commitments to the 2015 recruiting class to give some hope to a disappointed fanbase.

QB Eric Dungey and JUCO TE Trey Dunkelberger have both committed to the Orange to bring SU’s total commits up to 23. The Fizz recently looked at Dunkelberger and his recruiting process, including conversations with ex-Syracuse commit Corey Cooper. Despite planning to visit the Hill on December 5th, the California native pulled the trigger on the Orange, becoming the first tight end in the class. Dunkelberger has 3 years of eligibility left which gives him flexibility if a position change needs to occur. He will also enroll in January.

What about Eric Dungey? The Oregon native flew under the recruiting radar. He becomes the only quarterback currently in the 2015 class, a position Syracuse does not have solidified yet for the future despite so many quarterbacks on the roster. A three-star recruit, Dungey has offers from Wyoming, Colorado State, and 3 Ivy League schools.

Dungey has above average speed for a pocket passing quarterback and can find his way into the end zone through the air or on the ground. He also already has a good relationship with Tim Lester, the coach who recruited him.

Although Dungey will immerse himself into a logjam at quarterback, Dunkelberger could find early playing time. Dunkelberger stands at 6’5”, 240 pounds and runs a 4.55 40-yard dash. He is also a great blocking tight end, which could help Syracuse’s quarterbacks gain more time to throw in the pocket. This is exactly the piece that Syracuse needs to improve its offense. A versatile big body for Lester can not only create pocket protection but can finally get the tight end receiving game to what it once was under Ryan Nassib.

Life is rough for Syracuse football in the present, but at least there’s hope for the future.

Posted: Zephan Mayell

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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