Syracuse Adds Tight End

The Syracuse coaching staff is working hard up until National Signing Day and on Monday night they reeled in their second commitment of the day in Austin, Texas native Charlie Copa, a big-bodied tight end.

Charlie Copa, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound tight end from legendary Westlake High School in Austin, Texas gave his verbal commitment to Syracuse on Monday night and spoke with us about it just moments ago.

"I went up and I met with Coach Doug Marrone on an official visit this weekend and it was great," Copa said. "I met Coach (Bob) Casullo and a lot of the players too and when I went around and looked at the facilities I just really fell in love with it at Syracuse."

"I am going to play tight end for them and I think I bring a big body to the field with some athleticism that creates mismatches everywhere," Copa said. "I plan to be just as big as a defensive end when I get up there and you're not going to find many 6-foot-6 linebackers around, so I think I can use my size and speed to get out there and catch passes over them."

"I was a late-bloomer football wise and this was my first year playing varsity. I had a few I-AA offers and some Ivy League offers, but Coach Adkins just told me I'm exactly what they look for in a tight end. They said I am tall, have a big frame, can run and have great hands, so that's exactly what they were looking for."

As a senior, Copa had 13 catches for 225 yards and three touchdowns in an offense that barely uses the tight end.

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