On the lacrosse field, Ricky Miezan is a stud. When he was a freshman he stood at 6-1, 170 and was already getting offers from the best lacrosse programs in the nation. In the winter of his freshman year, Miezan committed to North Carolina to play lacrosse. Now a junior, Miezan is still committed to the Tar Heels, but he’s also decided to pursue football at the next level as well. Ironically (but maybe not coincidentally), his first football offer came from one of the best lacrosse schools in the country.
Proud to announce that I have received my first division 1 Football offer from Syracuse University. pic.twitter.com/r5c7HHBBxr
— Ricky Miezan (@rickymiezan) January 27, 2017
Ignore the Scott Shafer. Rivals.com’s Adam Friedman was the first to report Miezan’s interest in football, and less than an hour later Miezan tweeted his Syracuse offer.
Ricky Miezan is one of the most dynamic lacrosse players in the country, but his abilities on the football field are obviously more of a mystery. He isn’t ranked by any of the major recruiting sites for football. His Hudl tape shows his athleticism more than anything else, but there is a raw talent there (part of which could be genetic) which excites major college programs.
— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) January 27, 2017
Miezan is still committed to North Carolina for lacrosse, but along with the Syracuse offer has received interest from Michigan, Maryland, Miami, Oregon, Wisconsin and, of course, the Tar Heels.
Could Syracuse’s elite lacrosse program help its mediocre football program land a recruit? If Miezan decided to reopen his recruitment (remember, he committed over two years ago), SU would have a very good looking resume. The Orange believed in him as a football player first, which could be important to a decision. Syracuse plays top competition in football and lacrosse, not something every other school listed above can say. Miezan would have an opportunity to play early in both sports at SU, and Syracuse is the only school which can give him the comfort of an indoor stadium in both. If Ricky Miezan came to Syracuse he’d be hyped up as the next Jim Brown, and I don’t know if there’s a better compliment to give anyone who knows either of the sports.