Committed Over: Chicago (Ill.) Phillips defensive tackle Chris Elmore committed to Syracuse over offers from Ball State, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan and Wyoming. He also received interest from Minnesota.
Rated: Elmore is rated the No. 39 defensive tackle and a three-star prospect by Scout.com.
On Film: Elmore is being brought in as a two-way player. Someone who can play defensive tackle and h-back. As a tackle, Elmore displays an intriguing combination of quickness and power. He is adept at getting into the backfield and disrupting plays. In high school, he played a lot of defensive end, giving him some quality pass rushing moves. Elmore uses his hands well and keeps his pad level low to keep leverage against the offensive lineman.
As an h-back, the same athleticism, quickness and explosive power make him a punishing lead blocker. At the same time, he has solid hands in order to make plays in the passing game as well. While not someone you will rely on to be a potent receiving weapon, he can be counted on to catch the ball out of the backfield and pick up a few yards with the ball in his hands. When arriving at a would-be tackler as a lead blocker, Elmore punishes defenders and drives through them. He will have to work a bit on hand placement and technique, but the raw power and strength is clearly there.
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Recruiting Impact: Chicago is a key area for Syracuse. Syracuse landed both Josh Black and Liam O'Sullivan in the 2016 cycle from that area. While Elmore marks the first in 2017, it still continues that pipeline. It also means Syracuse has a player who can play some tight end, taking that position most likely off the board for the rest of the cycle.
Quotable: “Syracuse is the right fit because it's an outstanding institution that is away from home. Both of those will mix in to making me a better man. I feel Syracuse is the place to do that. Today was just that last minute 'everything is there so take it' feeling.” - Elmore
Final Thought: Elmore is a talented athlete who gives Syracuse some versatility on both sides of the ball. With the power running game a key element in the Dino Babers offense, Elmore is a perfect fit as both a lead blocker and potentially short yardage back at times. With the ability to catch the ball as well despite his size, Elmore is a nice recruiting win for the Orange. He may not be the most hyped in the class, especially given his position. But that does not mean he will not make an impact during his career.