The first of two huge official visit weekends for Syracuse football has started on a positive note. Three-star Chicago (Ill.) Phillips defensive tackle Chris Elmore committed to the Orange during his official visit on Saturday.
As was first reported on CuseNation.com's premium forum, Elmore is being looked at as a two-way player for Syracuse. One that can play defensive tackle or h-back. As an h-back, he will play some fullback and some tight end. That versatility made him an attractive prospect.
"It's just a great opportunity that I could not pass up on," Elmore said.
Elmore was previously committed to Western Michigan when P.J. Fleck was the head coach. When Fleck left to take the Minnesota job, he reopened his recruitment and announced a Syracuse offer that had previously been extended. He did not announce the offer prior to reopening his recruitment out of respect for his Broncos commitment.
Minnesota expressed some interest in Elmore, but were not able to solidify a visit. New WMU head coach Tim Lester, the former offensive coordinator under Scott Shafer at Syracuse, tried to keep Elmore with the Broncos. He took an official visit the weekend of the 13th, but felt at home during his trip to Central New York.
Elmore gives Syracuse 21 commitments in the 2017 class. He is the first h-back but would make the second defensive tackle joining Curtis Harper. Elmore is ranked as the 39th best defensive tackle in the 2017 class and seventh best prospect at his position in the Midwest.