Cuyahoga Falls (Ohio) Walsh Jesuit offensive guard Jack Wohlabaugh is the son of former Syracuse offensive lineman and NFL offensive lineman Dave Wohlabaugh. Last week, the Orange extended an offer to the three-star prospect, who now has a dozen such opportunities.
”I got it on Thursday around five o’clock by coach Adam the o-line coach,” Wohlabaugh said. “He said they aren’t offering a lot of interior linemen this year because they brought in a bunch of guys last class, in 2015. They said that they see me being that one interior guy for this class. They think I’m physical enough, that I’m explosive enough and I play low enough to be that one guy.”
Given the history of Syracuse within his family, Wohlabaugh was pretty excited that the Orange are giving him an opportunity to continue that legacy.
”I was pretty happy when they decided to offer,” he said. “Just because even before I was thinking about playing college football, I was around campus and going to basketball games. I’ve been going up to watch football games since I was a little kid. It’s pretty cool to be able to play college football at Syracuse.”
Wohlabaugh’s parents are both Syracuse alums. Even with that fact, they aren’t pressuring their son to choose their former college home.
”When I told them, at first they were, of course, pretty happy,” Wohlabaugh said. “Really they just want me to know that just because they went there doesn’t mean that I have to go there. They don’t want to pressure me into making a decision. They want it to be the best decision for myself.
"But of course they were pretty happy. They’ve always told me about Syracuse. They both played sports at Syracuse and have always told me about their experiences there.”
Many will assume because of Wohlabaugh’s connection to the Syracuse program that he is a shoe-in to end up following his father’s footsteps. Not so fast, the 6-foot-4 guard says. The Orange will have to recruit him hard just like any other player that they covet.
”I don’t think that just because my parents went there it means that I’m predestined to go there,” Wohlabaugh said. “Of course I’ve been around the program a little bit more but I’m going to treat them like every other school. I’m going to give every other school the same chance that Syracuse would have or Michigan State or Purdue would have. I’m going to treat every school the same.”
Wohlabaugh has no favorites early in the process. But as it stands now, his interest in the Orange is high.
”I definitely like Syracuse,” Wohlabaugh said. “I can’t really compare them. I still have other schools to visit before I make lists or anything. But I definitely like them. I’m definitely interested. I definitely want to get out there for a spring practice. I just want to get to know all of the coaches a little bit more and talk to them.”