Orange add another Garden State Star

Linebackers who can run sideline-to-sideline are always at a premium. This week the Syracuse Orange added a New Jersey prospect that will fit that mold for them. Mike Mele is the second New Jersey prospect to commit to the Orange in as many weeks.

Mike Mele a 6-foot-0, 210-pound linebacker prospect from Manasquan High in N.J. is the latest player to verbally pledge to the Syracuse. "Mike told us this morning that he had committed to Syracuse," Manasquan defensive coordinator Coach Cahill explained. "He is expected to play defense. He plays middle linebacker for us, and he is the type of player that can cover sideline to sideline." Mele was also considering schools like Cincinnati (Offer), Michigan State, Rutgers, Boston College and Connecticut before issuing a verbal to the Orange. Mele has genetics on his side as his father played at Rutgers University.

As a junior Mele was a dual threat as he led Manasquan to a State Championship. He rushed for over 1,700 yards and 20 touchdowns while racking up 88 tackles on defense. He netted All-Conference, Second Team All-State, and All-County honors for his efforts.

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