Syracuse has landed five offensive line prospects this class. They had five slots available to bolster their depth up front and have filled them up nicely. It is especially impressive to land players they targeted early before the end of June.
Evan Adams, Colin Byrne and Cody Conway will come in as offensive tackles, while Sam Clausman and Andrejas Duerig will be interior linemen. Most likely, both will be guards. Duerig, however, has the potential to wind up at center.
Each has a specific skill set that the Orange covet.
OT Evan Adams: Adams, who plays at Norwalk (Conn.) High, is aggressive and physical, and plays to the whistle. At 6-foot-6, 300 pounds, he is overwhelming to many of his opponents, and he knows how to use his size to engulf defensive linemen. Once Adams latches onto a defensive player, forget about disengaging. He finishes blocks well, and has good leg drive. He plays guard for Norwalk, so he will have to learn to play tackle at Syracuse, and all the technique (I.e., a kick step) to play on the edge.
Adams bends well, which allows him to win the pad level battle against much smaller competition, but there are times he pops up too quickly and gets bent back a bit. However, he has the strength in his lower body to correct within a play at the high school level, but he will have to improve on it in college.
~ Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn
OT Colin Byrne: Gritty, quick and powerful, there's plenty to like about the right tackle's game. He plays with a mean streak and motor that should be a standard for offensive linemen at any level, and he has solid technique as a run blocker, especially in a zone scheme. Though it's a bit weird to say, Byrne is a very good engager, meaning he's a latch-on type.
When he gets his hands on a defender, it usually eliminates him from the play. Much more polished as a run blocker right now, the junior can get to the second level with ease and shows a good first-step before hand. As a pass blocker, he can cut and use good feet and balance to mirror the opposition. Though feisty, Byrne displays a good sense of patience given the play-call, which says plenty about his football IQ.
Syracuse wants the STA product as a tackle, but that is tough to envision at this time. While right tackle is the more likely landing spot, guard could be where he projects best in a normal system. ‘Cuse does like to use zone schemes, which will help Byrne out, but his great mobility and shielding style translates more-so on the offensive interior. The 2015 class will have a big haul up front, so he could be asked to play multiple positions at the next level, something Byrne has the foundation to do, working from inside out. ~ Scout.com Recruiting Analyst John Garcia Jr.
OG Sam Clausman: Many high school offensive linemen struggle to keep a low base no matter the offensive play-call, but it's not an issue for Clausman. He excels with a low and very powerful base, making run blocking look effortless at times. The second-level isn't a problem, neither is pulling and making that "pop" upon arrival. If his base is his top strength, playing in space (pulls, screens, kick-out blocks) is a close second, as the rising-senior is polished at locating his assignment in space and engaging soon after.
Clausman also played at least four offensive line spots in 2013, on a very good team, and he was often the point-man on a given run play -- illustrating the trust a coaching staff has in him to execute his assignment consistently.
SU wants Clausman as a guard, and it's very clear to see why. Movement is a strength, as is his base and contact at any level, which screams classic guard. His versatility to play nearly anywhere on the line, or at least have experience anywhere, will only help his development, but right guard seems to be the ideal slot for him in a run-oriented offense like Syracuse's.
~ Scout.com Recruiting Analyst John Garcia Jr.
OT Cody Conway: While raw, the tangibles for Conway are plentiful. Listed at 6-foot-6, his arms seem even proportionally longer than expected, and he uses them well vertically against an opponent. When he's on the move, he's at his best. The rising-senior is almost built like a defensive end, and his quickness could be mistaken for that premium position as well. Conway is a natural athlete that happens to play offensive tackle, so when the technique matches the tangibles, watch out.
The most unpolished and raw of the three offensive line commitments SU hauled in, Conway also has the highest ceiling. His length is demoralizing for any defender, so once his technique and strength mirrors a God-given advantage like that, sky is the limit. The three-star is a no-brainer tackle projection that could even play the blindside given the progress one could make with another year of high school and a first-year redshirt at the next level. It wouldn't surprise to see Conway as a starting tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2016 at a potential listing of 6-foot-7, 310 pounds.
~ Scout.com Recruiting Analyst John Garcia Jr.
OG Andrejas Duerig: The first thing that stands out to you about Duerig is his intelligence. It's clear he is pensive and want's to make sure that his best foot is always forward, a great quality for an offensive lineman. In fact, he projects as an offensive tackle. He's mobile and moves very well for a big athlete, in fact his first love was hockey and that agility shows still to this day. Scout.com saw him at camp a few weeks ago, and thought that he was even more impressive in person than on his film.
When you watched him do drills or play, it was obvious by his fluidity, flexibility and potential to put on more weight that he has a future at the division one level.
~ Scout.com Midwest Field Reporter Beth Long