Shute Talks 'Cuse Offer

Eric Shute is up to four offers. His latest is from Syracuse, who are recruiting Illinois hard. Shute goes in-depth on his offer from the Orange and names an early favorite inside.

Illinois is a state the new Syracuse is staff is focused on in 2014. One of the most recent prospects to receive an offer from the Orange is offensive lineman Eric Shute out of Glenbard West High.

"Yeah I received it the other night," Shute said. "It was Coach (Tim) Lester that offered me, the quarterbacks coach. It was just over the phone. I haven't met him yet. He told me to give him a call on Facebook, so I did and he gave me the offer. He told me about Syracuse football and that they're very interested."

While the offer was exciting for Shute, he didn't know a lot about Syracuse. Coach Lester gave him some basic knowledge of the school and the program.

"They did pretty good, obviously, this year," Shute explained ."They're moving to the ACC next year. The new coaches that are coming in and the head coach just left I'm pretty sure. Stuff like that."

Now that Shute has a new offer to consider, he is going to get to know Syracuse much better. He plans on taking a visit soon to see what the Orange have to offer.

"I was pretty excited about it," Shute admitted. "I didn't know too much about Syracuse before that phone call. But I'm excited about any offer, I'm happy with it. They're getting better every year and the ACC is a good conference. I like it a lot.

"He's (Coach Lester) going to try to get me in touch with the offensive coordinator (George McDonald) and the o-line coach (Pat Perles) sometime here this week. I will be getting out there for spring practice when I can. Just getting out there to meet everybody and check out Syracuse."

The Syracuse offer was Shute's fourth. He has an early favorite, but is still going through the process.

"I have offers from North Carolina State, Toledo, and U of I, the University of Illinois," Shute claimed. "NC State is probably my number one right now. I'm being recruited all over the board from Big Ten schools and stuff like that. It's still early."

The school that lands the talented offensive lineman will be one where he feels that he fits. He hopes to find that school before he starts his senior season.

"Mainly it's where I fit in best," Shute described. "Somewhere I'm comfortable with the coaches and the players. The facilities are good but it's about the comfort and relationships with the staff.

"I'm trying to make my decision before my senior season. As soon as I'm comfortable with it."

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