As Syracuse looks for help up front in the 2014 class, they identified a versatile athlete from an area the Orange do not actively recruit on a regular basis. Grafton (WI) athlete Beau Benzschawel picked up an offer from Syracuse on Tuesday after speaking with offensive coordinator George McDonald.
"Well first, Coach McDonald starting messaging me on Facebook," Benzschawel described. "He said they watched my film and really liked what they saw. He said he wanted me to give him a call. So I gave him a call. One thing led to another and he offered me a scholarship.
"We talked about what the tight end does in the offense that they run. Basically they want guys that are my size and caliber to get down field and make play. But also to stay in and block. I was very surprised because Syracuse really wasn't a school I was thinking about at first because it is a big time school. Just getting that offer really came as a surprise to me."
The offer had a big impact on Benzschawel, who was looking at making a decision soon. Now, the Orange are in the mix and the 6-foot-6 prospect and he has pushed back his decision timeframe.
"It definitely slows down the recruiting process for me," Benzschawel admitted. "I was going to make a decision, but now that Syracuse has offered I'm thinking twice about what's going to happen.
"I'm going to give Syracuse a look and see what I'm doing here. To make sure the decision I'm going to make is going to work out for me in the future."
Benzschawel and McDonald did not discuss a visit while on the phone, as the offer was the primary business at hand. However, the Grafton High standout is looking to take an official this fall to get a feel for the Syracuse program.
"We did not talk about a visit yet," the 3-star athlete said. "It's only been a day, so we will figure all of that out as far as official visits go. I'd like to take an official for sure. I'm really just looking at the coaching staff to see if I like what I see there.
"Then the facilities as well because you're going to want the new stuff, you know? Also the guys to see if I mesh well. Then the atmosphere if I go to a game."
Iowa State was considered the favorite to land Benzschawel before the Orange offered. While the Cyclones will remain heavily involved, the 250-pound prospect says there are a few other schools under consideration as well.
Benzschawel added that he has no time frame for his decision after Syracuse offered.