Giles-Harris looking to visit Syracuse

Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer loves linebackers, and the Orange figure to be involved with several in the 2015 class. One prospect who they recently offered was three-star Joe Giles-Harris. He discusses the offer and his interest in Syracuse inside.

Syracuse was the latest to offer three-star Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional linebacker Joe Giles-Harris when they pulled the trigger last week.

"They offered me," Giles-Harris said. "I checked one of my recruiting profiles and it said I had a Syracuse offer. Before I could even talk to my coach, their recruiting director (Eric White) called me and told me I had an offer.

"He said he liked that I was a versatile linebacker who could play inside or outside. He said he wants to keep New York area kids in New York. That I fit the bill of what they're trying to do."

When the 6-foot-1 linebacker starts carving out which schools he will check out in person, Syracuse is expected to be on that list.

"Yeah they want me to visit," Giles-Harris said. "As of right now, I don't know when I can do that. I'll get back to them on when I can get up there for a visit. But I definitely want to get up there."

One of the things Syracuse mentioned to Giles-Harris was keeping area players close to home. That is something that stuck with the three-star talent.

"It would be big," Giles-Harris said. "My parents would be close. Family and friends could come see me play. Being close to them wouldn't be an issue with me at all. I'm a family guy so it would be nice to have them around."

Despite being in the northeast, the St. Joseph Regional standout is still learning about Syracuse football.

"I don't know too much," Giles-Harris said. "I know more about the basketball program than I do the football program. I've always been a basketball guy so I'm looking to find out more information about the football side. I did happen to watch their bowl game this year. It was on TV and I remember watching it. They played Minnesota, I think. I remember watching that."

Giles-Harris is a popular prospect who will figure to have his choice of several schools throughout the recruiting process.

"I visited N.C. State," Giles-Harris said. "Duke, Boston College, Maryland, Penn State, Northwestern and Illinois are coming at me hard. Almost everybody right now. Everybody's even right now."


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