Syracuse has added their fourth commitment in the 2018 class as Reading (Pa.) Berks Catholic standout Cooper Lutz pledged to the Orange during an unofficial visit according to a source. Lutz is the second commitment in the past three days for SU, who added Scout 300 offensive lineman Tyrone Sampson on Tuesday.
Lutz will play slot receiver for Syracuse.
With a 6-foot-0, 194-pound frame and 4.47 40-time, Lutz should fit in quite well with Dino Babers' up-tempo offense. He does play running back in high school as well, giving him some versatility.
The ability to play multiple positions and move around the formation in order to keep defenses off balance is something the Syracuse staff covets. Scout National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn breaks down Lutz's game as follows.
"Lutz is interesting because he excels as a running back (wing back) and a safety in high school, but he projects to a slot receiver in college. So his route running, ability to catch the ball in traffic and his ability to beat press coverage are unknown because he is not asked to do it. On top of that, he missed significant time as a junior because of injury, so this is truly a projection.
"As a running back, Lutz has very good body control and he moves quickly in tight spaces, and I can see him getting in and out of breaks quickly and have some elusiveness after a catch. He has good acceleration and speed, and his change of direction is a positive. As a safety, he reads the play well and tracks the ball but he needs to prove he can catch the ball in traffic."
Syracuse was the choice for the Reading (Pa.) native over offers from Army, Colgate, Columbia and Navy. His highlights are embedded at the top of the page.