Syracuse found their elusive “Y” position prospect on Wednesday. St. Louis (Mo.) Affton wide receiver/tight end West Lindor committed to the Orange after reaching the decision that Syracuse was the right fit.
”What made me commit was just to get my spot,” Lindor said. “I wasn’t sure who else might commit. Plus, Syracuse followed me the whole way. They noticed me right when I started getting better. All of the other colleges are going to see what potential I have during my senior year. That’s when I’m going to break out.”
Lindor has liked Syracuse throughout the recruiting process. There were several aspects of the program that created that interest despite not visiting the campus.
”I have always know that Syracuse is a great school,” Lindor said. “It’s located in a famous location and it’s a big school. They play in a Dome so that’s pretty cool. They’re in the ACC and that’s a great conference. They’re just doing really well for themselves.”
A huge part of Lindor’s decision was his relationship with assistant coach DeAndre Smith.
”Coach DeAndre Smith was my recruiter,” Lindor said. “He was a great coach. During the process, he didn’t really pressure me. He basically messaged me once every, I would say, few weeks. He didn’t message me daily and really pressure recruit me. He gave me space to make my decision and it paid off.”
Lindor said when he made his decision, his family was happy and supportive. They were excited about one of their sons going to college on a scholarship.
He also admitted that playing closer to home was something he always envisioned. But does that mean Orange fans should worry about a potential flip if more offers come his way?
”I did tell Syracuse that I’m committing to them,” Lindor said. “So it would take a lot for me to change my mind.”
Lindor will play the “Y” position at Syracuse, a hybrid wide receiver/tight-end that give the offense a versatile weapon. He believes his abilities are an ideal fit for a role in the Orange offensive attack.
”With my skill set, I want to play offense,” Lindor said. “Wherever the ball is, I’m going to go get it. Wherever the quarterback throws it, that ball is mine. When I get the ball I’m going to make plays and get into the endzone.”
Lindor is planning to visit in August. He is the first Show Me State prospect to give Syracuse a verbal since Corey Winfield during the 2013 recruiting cycle. He is the 21st player in Syracuse’s class overall.