Syracuse is recruiting another legacy lineman, this one in the 2017 class. Former starting Orange offensive lineman Hans Wiederkehr played for Syracuse in the 1980’s and in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played sparingly during his first few years on The Hill, but transitioned from defensive end to offensive guard and was a starter during the 1985 season.
His son, 2017 two-way lineman Ethan Wiederkehr, is entering his junior season at Shoreham-Wading River High School in Shoreham (N.Y.). Wiederkehr is being recruited by Syracuse as an offensive tackle. He currently stands at 6-foot-5, 260-pounds, with plenty of room to add weight to his frame.
Ethan visited his father’s alma mater on Monday, and was offered before leaving campus.
”I’m very interested,” Wiederkehr said. “I had a great visit. The facilities are awesome and the coaches seem like really great guys who want their athletes to really succeed on and off the field.”
During Monday’s visit, he spent time talking to several of the Syracuse coaches. It was an opportunity to get to know them on a more personal level and start developing their relationship.
”I talked to Joe Adam, Tim Lester and coach (Scott) Shafer mostly,” Wiederkehr said. “They all talked about how they run the program and I really got to know them. Since all the coaches are husbands and fathers, it shows that they can take care of the players like they do to their children.
”I can definitely see myself playing for them. We definitely bonded together and started to develop a good relationship.”
Wiederkehr was excited about being offered by not only the school his father played for, but the big in-state program as well. He said he is honored to have the opportunity to play football in his backyard.
While he said it was still too early to have any early favorites, he did admit his dad was “pretty pumped” about his alma mater offering his son.
”At this point in the recruiting process it is too early for me to rank any school,” Wiederkehr said. “I can only say that I liked it enough to be back in the fall for a game.”
Check out highlights of Wiederkehr from his sophomore season