Recruiting Ripple: Offensive Line Trio

Syracuse had a huge day on Friday as they landed three offensive linemen within hours of each other. CuseNation.com breaks down the impact of Cody Conway, Colin Byrne and Sam Clausman inside.

Syracuse landed its fifth, sixth and seventh commitment in 2015 when Sam Clausman, Colin Byrne and Cody Conway all committed on the same day. Clausman will play guard at Syracuse while Byrne and Conway will play tackle.

Regional Impact

The two biggest recruiting pipeline since the Scott Shafer era started at Syracuse have been Florida and Illinois. The commitment of the three offensive linemen on Friday further exemplified those efforts.

Conway is one of the most talented players in Illinois who had an offer from the in-state and Big-10 Fighting Illini. Yet he still chose the Orange with other regional offers as well. This speaks to the impact Syracuse is making in the underrated recruiting hotbed.

Clausman and Byrne are a direct result of offensive coordinator George McDonald's recruiting prowess in the Sunshine State. He has landed four commitments for the Orange in the 2015 class, none of which have visited the campus.

Getting into St. Thomas Aquinas, the high school for teammates Clausman and Byrne, is huge for Syracuse. Their head coach, Rocco Casullo, is the son of former special teams coach at Syracuse, Bob Casullo. That connection could help them going forward.

Aquinas is one of the best programs in Florida, routinely producing major division one talent. Syracuse's ability to make a name for themselves at the school is a big deal.

Positional Impact

Five offensive linemen. That is what Syracuse is looking to take in this class. Ideally, those five would be made up of three tackles, one guard and one center. Friday was key for their efforts up front.

Byrne and Conway give the Orange two solid tackles with the potential to crack the lineup early in their careers. At a minimum, they add talented depth to the position in need of more talent with turnover coming over the next two season.

Clausman gives Syracuse depth along the interior of the offensive line with strong run blocking ability and underrated athleticism.

The trio gives Syracuse the ability to replace players like Ivan Foy, Sean Hickey, Nick Robinson, John Miller, Rob Trudo and others over the next two seasons. They give Syracuse a rousing start to their offensive line class.

This also allows Syracuse to be more selective on how they fill the last two slots up front.

Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?

The coming weekend will have priority visitors Dontae Strickland (running back) and Alex Parkinson (tight end). Syracuse will hope to make this weekend even more memorable with two more commitments.

If that were to happen, running back would likely be done in 2015. Syracuse will still look towards two more offensive linemen. Look for one more tackle and one more interior lineman.

At the top of the tackle priority list are Adam Lemke-Bell, Barnabas Baning, Brendan Loftus and Christian Strachan. At guard, Billy Atterbury, Cordel Iwuagwu and William Gordon are the main targets.

Final Thoughts

What a day for Syracuse. Three commitments, all along the offensive line, in one day from targets the staff viewed as priorities. A big day as the Orange continue their last month and a half of commitments. A great job by the Syracuse staff to close.


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