Syracuse landed a commitment from three-star Lake Oswego (Ore.) Lakeridge quarterback Eric Dungey. What are the Orange getting? CuseNation.com spoke to Lakeridge High offensive coordinator Cody Carson to find out.
”Eric is 6-4,” Carson said. “He’s all of 6-4. He’s 210-pounds. He’s about a 4.62 (40-time) kid with the potential to put more speed on him. He’s strong and works out in the weight room. He’ll pass every eye test that you come across.
”He has great strength in his arm, way more than most high school kids I’ve ever coached. And I’ve been doing this for over 22-years. Great footwork and a good delivery. I would say as far as his delivery goes, it’s about as good as it gets at this level.”
The quarterback position has become arguably the most important in all of sports. Their impact on a game is unquestioned. Not only because of the physical attributes, but intangibles that lead to on the field success as well.
”When I'm looking for a quarterback, I don’t need a certain height or strength or delivery or any of that most of the time,” Carson said. “I need a guy who can lead the team. I look for a guy who has done that consistently since he was a young kid. Eric has done that all through his youth and his high school levels. He’s maintained a business like approach to it. He understands that a lot falls on his shoulders and he does well with that.”
Off the field, Dungey is a typical high school senior. He spends time with friends, understands the importance of family and works hard in the classroom.
”He’s a great student,” Carson said. “He’s just like any other high school kid. He likes to have fun and goof around. He’s fun to talk to. He gets the big picture, which I think is very important for a quarterback. He’s not closed minded to just what’s in his world.
”He’s open to everybody and accepts everybody. He’s done a great job since I’ve been here, the last few years, making our program successful.”
In order to be successful when he transitions to the college game and arrives at Syracuse, he will have to adjust to the increased complexity of the defenses he will face.
”I think just like any other quarterback, defenses are evolving into what the offenses are doing,” Carson said. “Eric will have to maintain his study habits and learn what defenses are doing and at what time. He’s getting a pretty good grasp at what’s going on.
”It’s just we’re playing high school football. At the next level, he’s going to have to increase his level of study, which I know he’ll do.”
Carson added that Dungey has the athletic ability to be successful at any school across the country.