Syracuse is in on some high profile offensive tackle prospects, but that hasn't stopped them from looking elsewhere at the position. Dunmore High (PA) James McHale was offered by the Orange on Tuesday.
"First they talked to my coach," McHale recalled. "Then my coach told me to call the coach at Syracuse (Pat Perles) at noon. So I went into my guidance office and called him. He basically told me that they're offering me a scholarship at offensive tackle. He just told me to keep my grades up.
"He came by my school about a week and a half ago or two weeks. They said they wanted to see me in camp. I felt good because it was my first offer. I was pretty excited about it. Hopefully there's more to come."
Being McHale's first offer, he did not know much about the Syracuse program as his recruitment is just starting to pick up. However, the 6-foot-7 tackle is looking forward to getting on campus to see what the Orange have to offer.
"Honestly I don't really know much," McHale admitted. "Obviously I'm waiting to learn more about it. They're only like three hours from my house. So I definitely want to go up and learn more about the school and the program.
"I didn't set a date yet. I think it's going to come down to one or two dates. I don't have an official date yet but I'm definitely coming up for a camp."
When McHale does visit, there are certain things he will be looking for to determine if Syracuse is the right fit.
"First of all, the coaching staff," McHale explained. "I'm still getting to know the coaching staff. The facilities, just overall academics. I know Syracuse is a great journalism school. I'm thinking about going there or for business so I want to learn about that."
McHale added he is looking to make his decision sometime before his senior season is over.