Cuse looks enticing to Ohio TE

Ohio junior Nic DiLillo hadn't heard a lot from Syracuse until recently, but the Cuse appears to come on quite strong as of late for the promising tight end.


"It was kind of out of the blue," DiLillo said of the scholarship offer he received from Syracuse last week. "Since then, [me and coach Russ] have been texting every day."

DiLillo is a 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect who Scout.com analyst Bob Lichtenfels projects as a three-to-four star tight end in next year's class. He may, in fact, be the best tight end in the state of Ohio next year. And he likes SU a lot.

"They're definitely high on my list," said DiLillo, whose top priority is to go somewhere where all of his talents will be utilized. "They're a big tight end school … They play four tight ends. I think their tight ends caught 60 balls last year."

Pitt is the other school to have offered DiLillo, and he has a visit scheduled there for the end of March. He's already been to Michigan and plans to check out Michigan State, Syracuse and possibly Clemson within the next two months. At that point, he said, he'll pare his list down to the programs who have offered by then, and, if all goes according to plan, will make a summer commitment.

"I'm all up for grabs. I'm really just looking at everything," said DiLillo, who caught 46 passes for 580 yards and four scores as a junior.

He is getting looks from Ohio State and grew up watching them play, but is "not one of those crazy Buck fans," he said.

DiLillo is a strong prospect in that he can do a bit of everything. He's a very good blocker and, though not a burner, is quite adept at getting open in the passing game.

"I don't mind blocking, but I'd like to catch the ball a little bit [in college]," he said. "I don't know which [I'm better at]."

Academically, DiLillo is looking to go somewhere with a strong business or business marketing program, as he'd like to get into pharmaceutical sales.

Syracusefan.com will keep you posted on this emerging big-time prospect for the Cuse.

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