The first commitment of Syracuse football's 2018 class is in. Three-star Baldwinsville (N.Y.) Baker tight end Gabe Horan. Horan visited and committed on Wednesday, multiple sources informed Scout. He picked up an offer from the Orange during their junior day in January.
"I chose Syracuse because it's right down the road from where I live," Horan said. "And I love the coaches."
Horan is a 6-foot-6, 260-pound athletic tight end prospect. He picked the home-town Orange over offers from Boston College and Buffalo. He was also receiving interest from Temple and Central Florida.
Horan is an important recruit for Syracuse for a couple of reasons. First, he gives the Orange their first commitment in the 2018 class. That can have a ripple effect and get the ball rolling. Sometimes the first commitment can be the hardest.
Second, Horan is a local product. Central New York does not have a reputation of producing top end division one talent on a regular basis. So when there is one or two or more, they become even more critical than if the same prospect was from a different area.
Keeping a talented player like Horan home was an important goal accomplished early this cycle.