The new running backs coach at Syracuse is local high school legend Mike Hart. Hart has spent the last years at Western Michigan, where he has become a skilled talent evaluator and helped the Broncos land some talented recruits.
One of the players he recruited and landed in the 2016 is three-star Bluffton (Ind.) High running back D'Wayne Eskridge, one of the top backs in the Midwest. Since transitioning to the Orange, Hart has been in contact with Eskridge in an attempt to get the talented running back to follow him to Central New York.
"Yeah he told me about that," Eskridge said. "It means a lot."
Eskridge said he is still in the process of taking all of the change in and evaluating his options. Syracuse is trying to get him on campus for an official visit, which would be huge for their chances. Eskridge is still discussing that possibility with his family at this time.
What Syracuse does have in their favor is his strong relationship with Hart throughout the recruiting process at WMU. If Eskridge wants to play for Hart and continue that relationship, the Orange would be in a very good spot.
"He got my grades back up," he said. "We had a plan and developed the relationship we built with him and my family."
To further Syracuse's efforts to pull Eskridge to the Orange, Hart is slated to go visit him at his high school after the dead period, Eskridge said. He believes the date for that visit is Friday, January 15th.
The Orange are involved with several running backs in the 2016 class since the new staff has taken over. But Eskridge is one of the players they view as a top priority.
His senior highlights can be seen at the top of the page.