On Sunday, Steven Mahar committed to Syracuse, marking the first tight end commit (if Justin Barron plays wide receiver) of Dino Babers’ 2020 recruiting class. Besides SU, Mahar was being recruited by Boston College, Indiana, and Iowa State among others. The Rochester, NY native is a three-star TE-Y, meaning he’ll line up next to the offensive line, unlike Chris Elmore who spends most of his time in the backfield. At 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, Mahar is built like Jamal Custis, and will probably be used as a pass catcher. Babers will likely use him in a similar role as junior Aaron Hackett.
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247Sports ranks Mahar as SU’s top offensive commit, and he is the first New Yorker to commit to the Orange. New York state has some good players in the class of 2020, including a couple four-star running backs, but one is committed to Purdue, and the other is predicted to choose West Virginia.
By the time Mahar arrives on campus, he’ll be just the second true tight end on the team, besides incoming freshman Luke Benson. Technically Elmore moved to tight end, but he’ll likely be used primarily out of the backfield. The lack of depth could have been a perk in why Mahar chose Syracuse. In an interview with syracuse.com, Mahar did say that he considered SU a rising ACC power. As long as Babers is at the helm, it seems that SU won’t have any problem recruiting offensive playmakers, and it seems like they trust the offensive mastermind to consistently pull in winning records.
From his tape it looks like he’s got nice hands, and can go up and make contested grabs. He’s also used to moving in motion pre-snap, a skill that Babers may be tempted to use, either as a receiver or a decoy to set up a downfield pass. His tape also shows Mahar plowing a couple of defenders back on a running play, but of course the tape is against high school competition. Check out the rest of his highlights below.