Three-star Lynnfield (Mass.) High offensive tackle Cam DeGeorge was a relatively unknown prospect when he become the first member of the 2016 class to pick Syracuse back in early April. Since then, he has become a top-60 player at his position and added offers from NC State and Connecticut.
Neither, however, made him second guess his original decision.
”They just liked the style of how I played,” DeGeorge said. “They just said they know I’m committed but they’re offering me for a reason because they know I can play. They just wanted to extend it out there just so I know that it’s there.
”Of course I was thankful and honored to get offered again. I wasn’t really as happy because I already have Syracuse. I didn’t feel as much of a relief. I already felt like somebody wanted me and I wanted them. Like I was already a part of something. So it didn’t really mean much to me, but of course I was honored.”
Those two schools were the last to offer DeGeorge, and a big reason why may be because he says he has cut off communication with all other schools besides Syracuse.
DeGeorge says he communicates with the Orange on a regular basis. Twitter direct message is the primary mode of communication, but he also calls the coaches from time to time. His main contact is offensive line coach Joe Adam and defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough.
He says he discusses both football and life with each of them as they continue to develop their strong bond.
”I spend a lot of time with them, mostly coach Adam,” DeGeorge said. “We’re pretty close. We discuss different situations and things like that.”
Being the first member of the class, it gave DeGeorge the unique opportunity to help Syracuse recruit every single other player that joins him on The Hill. While he says he does not speak to every target, he has done so with some of them.
”Coach Adam and coach Bullough are always giving me names of local kids I talk to,” DeGeorge said. “Then other o-line commits like Sam Heckel. I talked to him before he committed and we had a conversation. Then I talked to him after.”
DeGeorge says he also speaks with the other current Syracuse pledges through social media. The ones he communicates with the most are the other offensive linemen in the class (Heckel and Noel Brouse).
Throughout the summer, DeGeorge has worked hard on his craft. He is trying to become an even better player than what made him an attractive option to major conference division one programs.
Specifically, DeGeorge is working on his explosiveness and his “punch” in blocking technique. In addition to that, footwork is a constant focus in terms of improvement.
DeGeorge is currently at 270-pounds. He spends a lot of time in the weight room trying to add muscle to his frame. He says his goal is to be between 275 and 278 pounds by the time he arrives at Syracuse.
Looking towards his senior season, DeGeorge says his Lynnfield squad is replacing a lot of starters from a year ago. His focus is to become one of the team leaders and help his team continue to win despite the roster turnovers.