Three-star Charlotte (N.C.) Independence defensive tackle Christian Colon was the latest football prospect to pick up a Syracuse offer on Wednesday. He was the last of several that went out on the day.
Colon is at a key position of need as the Orange have lost depth along the defensive line due to transfer and injury. That makes Colon an important target. He was offered on Wednesday by running backs coach DeAndre Smith, who is responsible for recruiting in North Carolina.
”I’ve been talking to Syracuse for a week or two now,” Colon said. “I followed him on Twitter and I was talking to coach Smith. He was, pretty constantly, talking to me. He gave me his number and I tried to call him a couple nights ago. He told me to hit him back tonight so I did.
”He was like, ‘we want to offer you.’ He was saying how much they need me and want to change the program around with big name players that can make a big difference their freshman year.”
The offer left a big impression on Colon, who sees Syracuse as an up and coming football program where he can make an immediate impact.
”It’s shocking,” Colon said. “It’s basically like my hard work is starting to pay off. Just the name Syracuse. They’re known for basketball but now they’re starting to get a bunch of updated football stuff so they want to go ahead and start building a new program. So that’s cool to me. I’m down.”
Currently, Colon says he is wide open without any favorites. He hopes to visit the Orange over the summer.
Being from North Carolina, the natural question is if there is any connection to the Syracuse target with the most buzz, four-star running back Robert Washington. In fact, there is a very strong one.
”I grew up playing football with Robert,” Colon said. “Our relationship just started to escalate as we were both beginning to mature. We started getting better in our game. He started to blow up faster than I did because he attacked recruiting earlier so he could go ahead and relax after he commits and not worry about anything. He got into recruiting earlier than I did.
”With him, he’s older than me, so just taking me under his wing and showing me the steps because he was always steps ahead of me. Showing me how it goes and what I should look for in a school. His dad was a big father figure because my dad passed away. He was a big father figure to me and took me under his wing. He showed me the right way to talk to these coaches. He gave me the real inspiration to pursue my college football career.”
Colon also holds offers from North Carolina, Penn State, Boston College, Louisville, Maryland, Mississippi State, NC State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, UCLA, Virginia and West Virginia among others. He is ranked as the 56th best defensive tackle in the 2016 class.