CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Opening Regional at Mallard Creek High School over the weekend produced plenty of headlines, and Christian Colon was able to make them both with his recruitment and with his performance against a very good offensive line group. SU is his latest extension and he'll soon be on campus.
Already a top Syracuse target and tabbed as one of the top senior performers at The Opening Charlotte Regional on Saturday, three-star defensive tackle Christian Colon was selected as a "Final Five" defensive lineman by the Student Sports staff.
He also made heads turn with his recruiting plan.
The Charlotte (N.C.) Independence standout has added new offers and already has plans on narrowing down his list before a fall commitment.
Syracuse is the latest to court the rising-senior and he has connections to the Orange’s most recent and well known commitment Robert Washington.
“Me and Robert are taking a bunch of trips. Unfortunately I couldn’t get up to Syracuse with him last time, but he loved it,” Colon said. “It’s (near) the marketing capital of the world, he’s real big on them which is why he committed. He’s been talking to Syracuse about the other big players around here and how we can change the program.”
The duo, perhaps along with more top-tier prospects from the Tar Heel State, is likely to return to Central New York sometime this summer. Colon was already thinking of seeing SU, but the recent offer from DeAndre Smith made the program a must-visit after the spring evaluation period.
“They (Syracuse) came up to the school one day, and I wasn’t there, I was at the dentist,” he said. “But they wanted to see me workout. We actually record some of our practices, so he got to see me practice on another day on video. Then he looked at my numbers like my bench, my squat, all of that, and my coach texted me and told me to call Syracuse.
“I called that night and they ended up offering me. They like my motor, how I have a knack to get to the ball whether it’s pass-rushing and getting to the quarterback, or zone and option, I’m always around the ball. I make plays all over the field.”
It would be considered a slight upset if Colon didn’t take the trip with Washington, someone he’s known and been close to for more than five years.
“Me and Robert were playing against each other in middle school, then we were on the same eighth grade team,” he said. “Since then, we’ve grown our relationship as brothers. It’s different, but it’s cool, I’m always with him.”
SU is in the mix along with a near two-dozen programs to extend verbal offers, while SEC schools Alabama and Tennessee appear close to joining the mix as well. He was in Knoxville for the Volunteer’s Orange and White game last month and a Tuscaloosa trip looms June 5 and 6.
After that point, the process will be accelerated.
“I’m going to release my top five in June and will commit on November 6, my senior night,” Colon said. “That (winning) school has got to have that family feel with the players and the coaching staff where I can fall back on my teammates just in case something happens. I’ve got to have that vibe from the fan base, the atmosphere there and the academic programs. Somewhere I can excel and fall back on in case I don’t continue my football career at the next level, my degree will mean something.”
Colon in Action: