Scott Shafer and his Ohio connections have paid off for the Orange in the past. SU’s head man convinced linebacker Troy Henderson Jr. and safety Marquise Blair to come to Syracuse from Ohio in the class of 2015.
In an interview with the Fizz last year Henderson Jr. said, “Me and Coach Shafer, it’s an Ohio thing. We got that type of connection. We’re hardworking, we get after it.” This week Shafer flexed that Ohio muscle once again when Syracuse offered offensive lineman Terek Zingale.
The 6’6’’ 295 pound tackle plans to verbally commit to a school this summer and Syracuse is a leading candidate. Michigan State has not offered Zingale yet, but Scout.com reports that if the Spartans did offer he would most likely go there however. Watch Zingale’s highlights here.
Having the Ohio connection is one thing, but what about having a family one? Syracuse offered Durell Eskridge’s cousin Jermaine Eskridge this week as well. Earlier this month, the Fizz posted on the importance of using family ties as a recruiting ploy; it has helped the Orange in the past.
Jermaine is a 2018 hotshot wide receiver from Florida. Despite going into only his sophomore year of high school, he already has better offers than Durell ever did. In addition to Syracuse Jermaine, has been offered a scholarship from Kentucky, Louisville, Miami and Virginia Tech.
The younger Eskridge will most likely be on every major program’s wish list in a couple of years. If Syracuse can make a major push early, the program may be able to make it two for two with the Eskridge family. Watch Jermaine’s freshman year highlights here.
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Posted: Connor Morrissette