Blue-Chip OL Knows All About Syracuse

Pre-existing relationships are never a bad thing when it comes to recruiting, especially when it comes to a big-time prospect like Eric Shrive of West Scranton, Pa. The Syracuse staff is likely hoping the fact that Shrive is plenty familiar with SU will help the Orange beat out an impressive, growing group of suitors.


Shrive, a 6-foot-7, 292-pound offensive tackle has no lack of schools interested. He has 11 offers – Syracuse, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Illinois, UConn, Temple, N.C. State, Notre Dame and Boston College, to be precise. But he also has a familiarity with Syracuse that could help the Orange's efforts.

"I've been there for camp the past three summers. They've got a new offensive coordinator, they have a great recruiting class coming in and I think in the next few years they're going to be up and coming," said Shrive, who already is regarded as a four-star prospect.

Shrive has also been up to SU for a few basketball games in recent years, making the trip to watch hometown hero Gerry McNamara play at the Carrier Dome. After spending so much time at SU, he won't exactly need a tour guide.

"They have great facilities, it's a great academic school and they have a great coaching staff. I've been there a bunch of times and I'm sure I'll go again, but I want to get to as many places as I can. That's the only way I'll be able to make my decision," he said.

Shrive, an all-state offensive lineman who was also all-district on both sides of the ball is already starting to take unofficial visits en masse. He has set up trips to Miami, Notre Dame and Illinois, and will also make another trip to Syracuse, most like in early March.

"I have a great relationship with the coaches out there because I've known them for a long time. They're great guys," Shrive said. "Coach Robinson is a great guy. His recruits are starting to play and it's going to show in the future."

That's not to say Shrive is an SU lock, or anything resembling that. He's interesting in quite a few schools and will go the long route in his recruitment, most likely not making a decision until around this time next year. What is he looking for in a future college home?

I'm looking for a place where I can play early and also a place where I fit in with the people. The people is the biggest thing in my decision," he said.

Shrive has been offered the chance to play either side of the ball at SU. On offense, he's a powerful run blocker whose motor never stops running. He'd like to study education in college, but first, he'll have to decide where, and it seems that process is going to be long and well-researched.

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