Allport excited about becoming an Orangeman

An area of need for the Syracuse staff in this year's recruiting class was on the offensive line. SU stayed local to pick up a couple of the big guys they needed and one of them was just north of the University.


An area of need for the Syracuse staff in this year's recruiting class was on the offensive line. SU stayed local to pick up a couple of the big guys they needed and one of them was just north of the University.

Growing up 35 minutes from Syracuse's campus, Ian Allport always dreamed of playing for the Orange – but he was never 100 percent convinced it would actually happen.

"I wasn't thinking that it would happen. I didn't think it would. But hey, what do you know? It did," said Allport, a 6-foot-5, 299-pound lineman from Pulaski High School.

"My dad always told me I had the athletic ability to do anything I want."

It'll be a big deal when Allport holds his signing ceremony Wednesday at the high school, not only for him, but also for the community. He's the first student from his school to move on to Division I athletics since the 1970s, he said.

"Oh my gosh, you have no idea [how exciting it is]. It's awesome, it's a dream come true," he said. "I'm actually going to sign at 8 a.m., but then we're going to have the signing ceremony at three, and I think photographers from three of the newspapers are going to come and take pictures."

Allport had several other schools pursue him, but none at the level of SU, which he had grown up watching.

"It's my dad's favorite team and it's kind of my hometown, I guess you could say," he said.

Allport said the staff seems most likely to start him at offensive tackle, and he expects to redshirt next year.

"I'm quick. I have very fast feet, I'd say. I'm a good pass blocker," he said. "I think I'll have the chance to play my second year. I'm going to redshirt next year. It'll just give me the experience and the strength to come in and play."

Allport has spoken recently to fellow SU commit Nick Lepak and assistant coach Chris Wiesehan.

As for the big day Wednesday, he said: "I think it'll be like any other day, but also really great because I'll realize I really am going to play Division I football."

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