Sean got this started two years ago, but TNIAAM is taking it all the way this year. You'll get one fresh football player rundown every day, from Chandler Jones (#99) to Phil Thomas (#1).
Next up on your Orange-Man Orientation: #98, Max Beaulieu.
Position: Defensive Tackle
Weight: 248 pounds
2011 Projections: Defensive tackles Jay Bromley, Cory Boatman, and Deon Goggins all have something Beaulieu doesn't: size. He's gotta add some weight if he wants to play with the big boys, and that might make his 2011 campaign as riveting as his 2010 one. Still, he's too damn talented to go snap-less (again). Beaulieu could bring some extra pop to a D-line on passing downs. Or better yet: make the switch back to his HS position, defensive end, where Chandler Jones and Mikhail Marinovich both have one season of eligibility left.
How'd He Get Here: He committed in January 2010 with University-HS-teammate-turned-SU-football-defector Brice Hawkes.
"We watched Max last year and throughout the spring and summer and felt that he was a top-flight college football prospect," Fishbein said in 2009. "This is not just one of those ordinary talents who schools from the Northeast come in and get."
But then a team from the Northeast came in and got him. Take that, Purdue, Wake Forest, Arkansas, South Carolina, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Wisconsin!
Money Quote: "I am pretty strong. I can shed blockers pretty easily and redirect to the ball." You sound like a defensive end to me, Max.
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Remember Roger Harriott, SU running backs coach for a day? He coached Beaulieu at University High, and his short-lived term might not be so lame in the long-term:
"One of the reasons it appears Syracuse is having such success recruiting players at University is (another former running backs coach) Stan Drayton. Drayton was Harriott's coach at Villanova. Also helping in South Florida is assistant head coach Bob Casullo, whose son Rocco is an assistant coach at St. Thomas Aquinas."
Great 2010 DT/DE Max Beaulieu - University School - Ft. Lauderdale, FL (via cwilson91)