First offer meaningful for Clausman

Sam Clausman was happy to receive his first offer from Syracuse. He discusses his interest in the Orange and more inside.

The first offer is always special for players. That was no different for Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas offensive tackle Sam Clausman, who picked up his first offer from Syracuse recently.

"My head coach is really close with them and he really likes them," Clausman said. "He was saying it's a great school. So first I followed them on Twitter and really liked everything. Then I started emailing the coaches my highlight tape, my stats and all of my progress in the spring. I started getting responses and then we got in contact and they offered.

"I felt like the weight is off my shoulders. My hard work and all of the extra workouts I've been doing have paid off. I know that I've accomplished what I wanted to accomplish since elementary school."

Syracuse being the first to offer the 6-foot-4 tackle will keep the Orange in the mix throughout Clausman's recruitment.

"It will definitely help them," Clausman said. "Coach McDonald was really nice to me and it really means a lot to me that Syracuse was my first offer. They will definitely be high on my list. I'm going to try to get up there this summer for a camp."

While Syracuse was the first to offer, there are other schools in communication. He believes more offers will be coming throughout the spring and summer.

"I'm also hearing from Purdue, North Carolina, Duke a little bit, Alabama, Tennessee and Vanderbilt," Clausman said. "I think Purdue might be the next to offer."

Still early for Clausman, he knows what he's looking for in a potential landing spot.

"I'm looking for a good coaching staff," Clausman said. "That's the biggest deciding factor. The education of the school and how my parents feel about the school.

"I think I'll be waiting until my senior season to decide. I don't want to jump to conclusions too quickly. I've seen it happen before and I've seen a lot of people unhappy."


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