Stritzinger Pledges Orange

Syracuse lands three-star running back Allen Stritzinger. Details inside.

Warren (Mich.) De La Salle Collegiate's Allen Stritzinger has committed to Syracuse. The three-star prospect has picked the Orange as a running back. 

The 6-foot back picked Syracuse over offers from Michigan, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Toledo, Western Michigan and others. 

Stritzinger visited Syracuse back in February, and has been high on them ever since. His primary recruiter is running backs coach Mike Hart, who remained in constant contact over the subsequent months. He said he also spoke regularly with defensive line coach Vinson Reynolds. 

"I love everything about Syracuse," Stritzinger said. 

Speaking of coach Reynolds, his son, Eric Coley, committed to Syracuse on Saturday. Stritzinger and Coley are friends who attended the same academy in Michigan called Rising Stars. 

Since Coley committed, he has been recruiting Stritzinger to join him. His efforts worked and came to fruition on Sunday. 

Scout breaks down his game as follows: 

Slasher who has good vision, cutback ability and a kid who runs tough and grinds out extra yardage after contact. Not necessarily built like a power back since he's a little taller and leaner, but he runs with determination and breaks arm tackles. Has shown ability to break longer runs but can still improve acceleration. Good pass catcher out of the backfield and still not out of the question that he could play defensive back in college.

Stritzinger is ranked by Scout as a cornerback and is rated the 36th best in the 2017 class. However, he will come to Syracuse as a running back, a position he was rated as a four-star prospect in previous rankings. 

He is Syracuse's first running back this cycle and the Orange are expected to take one more.

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