Syracuse snagged five offensive linemen in the 2015 class, but that doesn't mean they will ignore the position this cycle. With several offers out to linemen already, including some four star prospects, the Orange were the first power five school to extend a scholarship opportunity to Rome (Ga.) Darlington School offensive tackle Patrick Kearns.
The offer came on Wednesday.
"I talked with coach Moreland and coach Lester," Kearns said. "They just talked about the family atmosphere of the programs and also the academics, which are a big deal for me. They said they thought I would be a good fit for football because of my build and how I move."
This is the first tangible evidence of new tight end and offensive tackle coach Jake Moreland's recruiting efforts. It remains to be seen whether or not Georgia will be a permanent recruiting area for Moreland.
With Kearns, he notes Syracuse's strong academics and says he understands how important that is when choosing a place to play college football.
"I'd like to go on a pre-med track," Kearns said. "Academics are important because eventually football is going to end. I need to have something I can do."
Despite it still being early in the process, Kearns has other offers besides Syracuse, though that one elicited a strong reaction.
"I have offers from Illinois State, Georgia State and now Syracuse," Kearns said. "Getting this one was awesome because it's an ACC school and a great program. I'm definitely interested but I don't have any favorites yet."
Coach Moreland reached out to Kearns on Tuesday through social media and that was the first contact between the two. After he spoke with Moreland, Tim Lester actually extended the offer. The next step is trying to get on campus for a visit.
"No plans yet but I'm definitely going to try and get up there," Kearns said.