Over the weekend Syracuse landed a commitment from Junior College offensive tackle Darius Tisdale. The 2019 commit plays at Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, Pa. and at 6-foot-5 and 295 pounds, he has the size to step in and play immediately for the Orange. Tisdale’s a redshirt sophomore but has three years of eligibility remaining.
ESPN rates the three-star O-lineman as SU’s top offensive tackle and third best recruit in its class. Tisdale also has offers from West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Arkansas and Rutgers. Syracuse was his first offer, which may have played a part in landing him. Prior to being offered, Tisdale was unrated, but recruiting services and other D-1 schools took notice of Tisdale after SU’s offer. He’s now ranked the ninth best JUCO offensive tackle.
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The Orange are losing starting tackles Cody Conway and Koda Martin to graduation, so Tisdale has a chance to play immediately. He’ll battle with Carlos Vettorello and Patrick Davis, who served as second-string tackles this year. Highly ranked 2018 recruit Qadir White will also be in the mix, as well as incoming freshmen Matthew Bergeron and Anthony Red.
Clearly, Dino Babers has done well to prepare for the future. He has stocked the position with high potential tackles like Qadir White, as well as plug-and-play players like Tisdale. By adding three tackles in the 2019 class, Babers has lots of options to choose from.
Tisdale will enroll this summer after the spring semester. Syracuse now has 15 commits in its class and is targeting players like running back Michael Dukes, athlete Taj Dodson, and defensive end Adisa Isaac.