A new target has emerged in recent weeks for Syracuse’s 2015 class. That is tight end Trey Dunkelberger, a junior college prospect from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Pierce College. Contact between the 6-foot-5 tight end and Syracuse actually started through a class of 2014 player who has transferred out of the program.
”It’s only been about two weeks now,” Dunkelberger said. “My primary recruiter is coach Acosta. It really started with a former player, Corey Cooper, who is transferring to a junior college. He messaged me on Twitter asking about how to get into the Junior College All-American game since I’m in it.
”Then he explained to me how Syracuse is looking for tight ends. That’s when I first contacted coach and that’s when it all started. That was about two weeks ago.”
The initial contact was by Dunkelberger, innocently sending his highlight tape to the Orange coaches as many prospects do in order to promote themselves. It did not take long for the coaches to recognize his talents.
”It started out with me sending him my film,” Dunkelberger said. “Then three days later, he messaged me back saying they were very interested and they wanted to talk after the Duke game. That’s when we first started talking on the phone. They like my size and on my film they can see that I have speed and the ability to stretch the field in the passing game.
”They also want to be able to do a lot of hybrid stuff with me as well. I was definitely excited because I was waiting a few days for my transcripts to come and everything to be a go. It felt great to finally hear that everything is smooth.”
On Tuesday, he received a phone call that resulted in the official offer.
”It started with the recruiting coordinator,” Dunkelberger said. “Then I talked to coach Acosta. Then he gave me to coach Lester. That’s when coach Lester gave me the offer. Then he handed the phone to coach Shafer and my phone had died right after I hung up so I had to end the conversation a little early, but it was definitely exciting.”
Dunkelberger is originally from Governor Mifflin High School in Pennsylvania. Despite the close proximity, his family did follow Syracuse football growing up.
”Growing up, my dad was a big Penn State fan,” Dunkelberger said. “I never really heard or saw much about Syracuse. I was never a Penn State fan so I was always open to everything. The first time I officially saw a game was when I was on my Maryland visit last fall when Syracuse beat them in November, if I’m not mistaken. So I got to see them play and beat Maryland on my visit there.”
The two-star tight end is visiting Syracuse on December 5th, and he is looking forward to seeing the program in person.
”As long as I have a good visit, I’m pretty sure that’s where I’ll end up,” he said.