Linebacker Dawan Nolton of Irvington, N.J. has seen interest come and go because of his lack of size at the linebacker position. Still, several schools remain hot on his trail, and Syracuse officially joined the mix last month.
"Syracuse came by my school about two weeks ago out of the blue," Nolton said. "Coach Jackson and Coach Russ came by."
Nolton, a 6-foot, 195-pound senior, holds offers from Connecticut, Toledo and Temple. Though Syracuse has not offered yet, he got the feeling one could be forthcoming.
"They said they need linebackers. They said they were going to take back my film and get back to me in January, so I'm hoping to hear back from them," he said.
Nolton said his current favorites are Toledo and Temple, because those two are showing the most interest. He is, however, very intrigued by SU and would take a visit if offered.
"They said the linebacker spot is a huge spot that's holding them back. So early playing time is possible," he said.
Nolton runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and had 70 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions while also rushing for four scores this year. He has become accustomed to hearing about how he doesn't have the size of a typical linebacker, and is well-aware it's cost him some offers. He said the Syracuse coaches mentioned it, but he's not concerned.
"My speed and aggressiveness are probably my strengths," he said. "I could see myself moving to safety, but I can also play linebacker."
Nolton doesn't expect to make a commitment until sometime around signing day but Syracusefan.com will keep in touch with Dawan if a visit is in the offing.
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