Can Mikhail Marinovich help SU's pass rush
One big need SU has been looking to fill in this recruiting class is pass rushing defensive ends who can get to the QB. Last year SU fared very poorly in the sack department. SU had already gotten commitments from a few kids who may fit that bill but they added another trying to fill the cupboard.
It was a bit of a surprise when Syracuse recently received a commitment from little-known Milford Academy (NY) tight end/defensive end Mikhail Marinovich. But according to Milford coach Bill Chaplick, Marinovich won't remain unknown for SU fans for long.
"He's a great kid, a great player. He came to me as a tight end and I moved him to defensive end," Chaplick said. "He's got one of the quickest first steps you'll ever see."
Pitt, Minnesota, Buffalo and Fresno State were all over Marinovich and had each offered, while Miami (Fla.) showed serious interest as well. But the Cuse staff's long-standing relationship with Chaplick and Milford helped seal the deal for the 6-foot-5, 225-pound California native.
"We do [like the Syracuse program]. The tradition, Coach Robinson….I liked coach Pasqualoni before that. Coach Robinson is a great guy and has always kept his word to me," said Chaplick, who has five players either at SU or committed to play for the Orange. "The guys I have sent them have been treated really well."
Marinovich posted 15 sacks this year while playing against a schedule loaded with major prep and college junior varsity programs. Chaplick expects he'll come in and play immediately.
"When you're 6-5, 225 pounds and you run a 4.5 forty, and you've already played a 12-game schedule, you're not going in there as a high school guy," he said. "This was a redshirt year for him."
Marinovich is cleared academically and could transfer to SU this month, though no decision has been made for sure. Meantime, fellow SU commit and defensive end Romale Tucker will need until the end of the school year to finish qualifying, he said.
With the defensive end position being such a position of need, it is obvious that SU's plan is to bring in several candidates, some who could end up at other positions such as TE or LB, and let the situation sort itself out in practices.
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