Syracuse first to offer Byrne

Syracuse had a lot of success in Florida in the last recruiting cycle. In 2015, they are hitting the talent rich area hard once again. One of their most recent offers went out to an offensive lineman prospect out of one of the best high school programs in the Sunshine State.

Syracuse has made offensive line help a big priority in the 2015 class. One of the most recent prospects they have offered is Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas guard Colin Byrne.

The offer was the first for the junior standout, who believes more will come as the process continues. But he was able to land the first one thanks to a connection on his high school coaching staff.

"They offered last week," Byrne said. "My coaches have a good relationship with their offensive coordinator, George McDonald. Coach Smith gave him a call for me. Coach Casullo definitely has connections with them up there. I did get to talk to him myself.

"The second time, that's when he offered. He said he loved my film and he loved my footwork. He loved the way I play and that I play to the whistle. He said he talked to their offensive line coach and that was a big part in the offer. We just had a connection and he said he wanted to offer me a full ride to Syracuse University."

Other schools have taken notice of Byrne's talents as well. He has a Big Ten school and D-1AA program expressing interest.

"I received a summer camp personal invite from the University of Michigan," Byrne said. "Their showing interest but I'm also trying to get some interest from UConn because my family lives up there.

"Michigan so far is showing the most interest along with Syracuse and Fordham."

Byrne isn't the only offensive lineman at Aquinas that has caught the eye of the Orange.

"One of my best friends, Sam Clausman, was also offered by them," Byrne said. "We're really excited about it. It's almost like we're competing against each other to see who's going to get the next one.

"We're best friends. We compete together, hang out together, we just want the best for one another."

Before spring practice began, coach McDonald indicated he wanted the Syracuse offense to accelerate their tempo even more than the one that pushed them to running the fourth most plays per game in the ACC last season.

The 6-foot-5 lineman would welcome the opportunity to play in that type of system.

"I'm very comfortable with it," Byrne said. "I'm used to it and I can roll with it. We run things fast here so it's nothing different for me."

A big key for Syracuse will be to get Byrne on campus. He is hopeful he will be able to get up to Central New York by the time the summer ends, but nothing is set in stone as of yet.

"I'm not totally sure yet," Byrne said. "That's up to me and my parents. We have to work out when I can get up there and when it works for my dad because I would end up bringing my dad with me.

"We're not sure about a specific date or if we're going to but we will have to see."

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