Scholarship offers no 'Sweat' for Pa. star

Since he routinely trades text messages with Syracuse assistant coach Scott Spencer, Washington (Pa.) standout linenacker Andrew Sweat wasn't surprised to see the coaches name pop up on his cell phone yesterday. But the message this time was more than small talk.


‘Call Coach Robinson,' it said.

So Sweat, a highly sought 6-3, 230-pound junior linebacker called Orange head coach Greg Robinson, and hung up the phone moments later with a verbal scholarship offer in hand, so to speak.

"He just told me that it's a great place to be and that they were really excited to offer me," said Sweat, who has more than a dozen offers already.

If Syracuse is able to reel in Sweat, it won't happen without time and effort. He's looking hard at such schools as Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Pitt, among others, and plans to visit virtually all of them this spring and summer. He'll be at Michigan this weekend for a junior day.

"My parents are pretty willing to travel," he said, "because it's a decision that affects your whole life."

Speaking of his parents, Sweat's father Gary Sweat played defensive back and wide receiver for Syracuse in the 70s and then stuck around for law school.

"He knows the area very well because he spent seven years there," says Andrew Sweat, who recorded 91 tackles and four sacks this past season at Trinity High en route to all-state honors. "But he's not showing favoritism toward Syracuse. He's pretty open with it."

Sweat projects as a middle linebacker, but has 4.5 speed as well as excellent size. He's also an engaging, intelligent young man whose top criterion for choosing a school is academics. He'd like to major in history or political science and become a lawyer eventually, assuming pro football doesn't come calling.

"Ultimately that would be sweet, but you have to plan ahead. Only about one percent, if that' play in the NFL. If that was to happen, it would be great," he said.

Sweat visited for the Iowa game last season and enjoyed himself. He plans to visit again in the relatively near future, but hasn't set a date yet. As you would expect of such a gifted prospect, it's going to be a long, hard-fought recruitment.

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