Syracuse has one player committed to play tight end, or the “Y position” as they are calling it. That is two-star prospect West Lindor. But the Orange are still recruiting another player who could wind up at that position. That is Montclair (N.J.) High athlete Joshua Allen.
”My coach that took is an alumni from Syracuse (equipment manager of the football team),” Allen said. “He knew the campus pretty well and showed us all around there. He took us on a little tour. We checked out the quad and just hung out.
”We went to the building with the football facilities and the weight room and everything. We saw the manikins with their uniforms on and stuff. We got to see everyone in their hall of fame like Jim Brown and stuff.”
The highlight of the trip for the 6-foot-4 Allen was attending Friday night’s game against Louisville. The atmosphere made a big impression on the Montclair High standout, and furthered his interest in the Orange.
”I loved it,” Allen said. “Being in the Dome was great. Syracuse is so beautiful. It gets a little cold but besides that it’s beautiful just like the Dome.”
Despite a disappointing offensive performance and 22 point loss, the outcome did not impact his interest in Syracuse.
”No it did not,” Allen said. “I mean it’s just one game. Every team goes through that. I’m fine with it. I feel like they are still in a good place.”
Allen has a versatile skill set that could allow him to play wide receiver, tight end or even defensive end at the collegiate level. Syracuse likes Allen because of that versatility, but is focused on his ability on the offensive side of the ball.
”He said he was looking at me as a tight end,” Allen said. “He wants to see more film on at tight end. I told him I can do that for him. I can play both receiver and tight end and that’s what he likes about me. He wants me to show more film about it.”
The visit left Allen with a strong impression of the Orange. He hopes an offer comes down the road and will remain in contact with Bobby Acosta, his primary recruiter.
”I’m very interested,” Allen said. “I had never been there before. I always liked Syracuse, but I had never been up there. Since I’ve been there, it just made it even better. Learning more about the alumni that went to Syracuse. Just everything. It was nice.”