Cardwell commits to Orange

Looking to get deeper at the LB position, the Syracuse football staff recently added an impressive linebacker commitment in the form of DeMatha (Md.) rising senior Raheem Cardwell.


The Syracuse football staff recently added an impressive linebacker commitment in the form of DeMatha (Md.) rising senior Raheem Cardwell. So what was it that convinced Cardwell, who was also being recruited by Penn State, Illinois, Akron, Rutgers and ECU, to choose the Cuse?

"The coaches. I love the coaches," Cardwell said. "Just their attitude and the way I felt comfortable with every coach I met. I felt like they've known me forever.

Cardwell is a 6-foot, 218 pounder who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds. Last year at DeMatha he posted 70-plus tackles, nine sacks and two interceptions. He could play either inside or outside at SU, where he's exciting about being part of a newly built tradition.

Carwell was first offered by the Orange in mid-May and pulled the trigger after attending camp last weekend.

"When they first offered me I was looking at their records and stuff. But I talked to coach Robinson and he said he isn't thinking about last year. Last year is over. I'm excited about being part of a rebuilding team. I like being on the underdog team and bringing them back and maybe winning a national championship," he said.

DeMatha is anything but an underdog; the Hyattsville Catholic school is a regional powerhouse, and every day, Cardwell makes a 90-minute commute there each way from his home in Fredericksburg, Va. This is a kid who is serious about his football career.

"Other than school and family, there's nothing that comes ahead of football," he said. "The linebackers coach [at SU] told me that he can tell I have a passion for football. It was like he had known me for years.

"The atmosphere at Syracuse was beautiful. I really liked the downtown, and I really liked the campus," he said.

Asked to describe his best attributes on the field, Cardwell said: "I'm physical and I'm a smart player. And my attitude."

Cardwell was recruited by both Coach White and Coach Trivers and spent a lot of time talking to Coach Conley while at camp as well as getting a chance to speak with head coach Greg Robinson.

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