Syracuse football coach Scott Shafer is hoping to tap into the lucrative talent mine that is St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He’s doing it by targeting a pair of offensive linemen.
Shafer recently extended an offer to 2015 offensive tackle Colin Byrne. Syracuse is the first school to offer the 6-5, 300-pound prospect, who is currently unrated.
Byrne is teammates with Samuel Clausman, a guard who already holds a Syracuse offer. Clausman is 6-4, 301 pounds and is also currently unrated. Syracuse is Clausman’s only offer at this time.
By getting involved before their senior seasons, Shafer positions himself well to at least get a visit from both offensive line prospects.
Even if Byrne and Clausman don’t become highly regarded recruits, Shafer’s recruitment of them could be a statement move to build relationships with the St. Thomas Aquinas staff. STA is one of the premier high school football programs in the country and routinely churns out Division I recruits.
Recent STA alums include North Carolina’s Giovani Bernard, Florida State’s Lamarcus Joyner and Rashad Greene, Miami’s Brandon Linder, Georgia’s Geno Atkins and Ohio State’s Duron Carter — to name a few. The school sent eight players to Division I schools in the 2014 class.