Hiers giving Syracuse a hard look

Luke Hiers is one of the best offensive lineman prospects in Florida. He recently picked up an offer from Syracuse, and discusses his interest in the Orange inside.

Syracuse has two centers on the roster, both of which are entering their junior seasons in Jason Emerich and John Miller. In the 2015 class, expect the center position to be an area of focus.

The Orange have already started evaluating interior linemen, and offered three-star Lake Wales (Fla.) High center Luke Hiers.

"Eric White, he messaged me on twitter," Hiers said. "I don't know much about Syracuse. Being down in Florida, I've never really paid attention to them. But I've been researching them and I'm pretty honored. They've done good before and they're in the ACC. So it's a pretty big honor for me."

Syracuse has made a point of recruiting the Sunshine State in recent years. They have made some headway with several players from the talent-rich state already on the roster.

"It would definitely make me feel more homey," Hiers said. "I'd be able to hang out with kids I've talked to before or had an association with before. They'd be able to give me a feel for how it was when they went up there. What their freshman year was like. And how to adjust to the temperature would be the biggest thing for me."

Hiers says he plans on doing his due diligence on Syracuse.

"I'm definitely giving them a serious look," Hiers said. "I've looked at their roster and by the time I would get up there, they would have no centers left. It would be a good playing opportunity, so I'd give them a good hard look."

Distance from home is a concern for Hiers, but is not the biggest factor. Syracuse's lack of centers on the roster may help offset some of those concerns.

"It's not the biggest thing," Hiers said. "It's more about the bond with the coach that I'm going to spend the next four to five years of my life with. And an opportunity to play early. Not saying I have to play early, but just the chance to play early is probably the biggest thing for me. And a good education of course.

"I'd love to major in journalism. Their journalism program would be huge. Getting a job after football because it doesn't last forever. Getting a degree from the best school would be ten times better than getting one from some podunk school."

Hiers added that it may be difficult to take an unofficial up to Syracuse, but that he believes he will taken an official visit in the fall.


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