Last month Baldwinsville native Gabe Horan became the first member of SU Football‚Äôs 2018 recruiting class. The tight end chose Syracuse after being offered during the school‚Äôs Junior Day.
This week, Horan joined Fizz Radio to discuss his potential move to the offensive line, the exact moment that led to his commitment and much more.
Here are the highlights from our talk with Horan.
On the lack of tight end production in year one under Dino Babers
‚ÄúI was kind of skeptical at first because I know Syracuse hasn‚Äôt had much tight end talent, but they got a big tight end in Ravian Pierce coming in that they‚Äôre going to utilize a lot. This year they‚Äôre going to utilize the tight ends a lot.‚Äù
On recruiting in New York
‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs a pretty big deal because there‚Äôs a lot of talent in the New York region. There‚Äôs a lot of really good athletes in New York so it‚Äôs really good to find the guys close to home and get them on the team.‚Äù
On what Horan will bring to SU
‚ÄúI‚Äôm primarily a blocking tight end because at my school, we don‚Äôt really throw the ball too much. We‚Äôre primarily a run first school. So my primary skillset is blocking. I can also get out there and run routes. I‚Äôve got good hands so I‚Äôm like a hybrid.‚Äù
On maybe becoming a collegiate offensive lineman
‚ÄúRight now, I currently weigh 255 pounds and I‚Äôm trying to cut down a little bit. But if I get there and I gain 25 to 30 pounds, they might move me to tackle. It will depend on if I gain weight.‚Äù
On the moment he knew he needed to commit to Syracuse
‚ÄúTalking with Coach Babers, I don‚Äôt really know how to explain it. I really bonded with him and he‚Äôs just such a great coach. My mom really loved the way he was speaking, he was so enthusiastic about everything. Committing was a no-brainer for me.‚Äù
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Posted: Connor Morrissette