Derrick Tangelo is a versatile two-way lineman prospect out of The Bullis School in Maryland. Tangelo is being recruited by Syracuse as someone who could play either side of the ball. With his athleticism and quickness, he is someone to watch going forward.
Tangelo visited Syracuse on Saturday, along with some teammates, to get a better feel for the program. Things went quite well.
"It was very nice," he said. "They have a wonderful new staff and you can tell that the players are buying into the coaching staff. So I was definitely impressed."
The 6-foot-3 lineman did not pick up an offer from the Orange, but his primary recruiter, Reno Ferri, did extend one during his previous stop at Towson. That still remains Tangelo's only offer.
"They are definitely considering me," he said. "I've known coach Reno since he was at Towson and he knows what type of player I am. So I'm excited about the future."
Tangelo spent much of the scrimmage observing both lines. He left with a strong impression of each and sees a good fit on both sides of the ball.
"Oh, I loved the scrimmage," Tangelo said. "That was my favorite part of the whole day. They moved at such a high pace and they had a good rhythm. If they master that offense, they will be a force in the ACC.
"I feel like they are a great group of guys. They were having fun while holding each other accountable, which I found was nice. And they are very well rounded."
Tangelo thinks very highly of coach Ferri. He is someone that Tangelo relates to and makes Syracuse have a home-like atmosphere. It's one of several reasons why the versatile prospect is so high on the Orange.
"I am currently very interested in Syracuse," he said. "I love the rich history and the tradition at the school. Also, I love how the coaches are so active in teaching their players and getting involved. If I could continue to develop a relationship with the coaching staff, I would like that a lot."