Scott Shafer and his staff is still trying to help the Syracuse football program bounce back.
The Orange has appeared in three bowl games in the last four years, and have come out victorious in all three games, including a Texas Bowl victory in Shafer’s first year.
Quarterbacks coach Tim Lester has been the man behind the recruitment of Downers Grove North High School (Illinois) quarterback David Edwards, a recruit in the Class of 2015. The 6’6”, 225 lb. play-caller hopes to transfer to the tight end position at the collegiate level.
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. He has received offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Syracuse, and Wisconsin.
Edwards says Lester contacted him about possibly moving to be a linesman. Edwards says he just wants what will give him the best opportunity to play on the field.
“I’ll do whatever,” he said.
As the calendar moves into the summer, Edwards says he’s not far off from his decision.
He will be very focused during his senior season, so he wants to know where he is going sooner, rather than later.
“I’m trying to make a decision toward the end of the summer,” Edwards said. “I want to get the process out of the way by the start of my senior year.”
As for what he has to work on, it’ll depend on what position he plays at the college level.
He wants to work on his foot speed, and to be able to break down a linebacker. He wants to be able to block better.
“I need to bulk up for college,” Edwards said. “I won’t be ready right away. It will take time to build into the position.”
Syracuse recruiting is likely to remove when the coaching staff has a deep commitment to improving the program. Shafer and his staff’s approach to building the program is something that recruits, like Edwards, certainly notice and pay attention to in their process.
“A coach who wants to be successful shows the character of him and his staff in a positive way.”
Posted by: Austin Pollack