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Syracuse Football: Get To Know Your Orange Man — #98 Max Beaulieu

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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.

Number: #98

Position: Defensive Tackle

Year: Sophomore

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 248 pounds

HometownPembroke Pines, FL

High SchoolUniversity HS

2010 Stats:  N/A

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

What did Scout/Rivals Say?: listed him as a three-star guyBut, Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services had some higher praise for Beaulieu (via the Miami Herald):

"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.


Links of Wonder: CNY Central's Niko Tamurian talks about the 2010 recruiting haul that put 30 guys in Orange and Blue, including Max Beaulieu.

What Does Marrone Think?: From "Micah Robinson and Max Beaulieu are two defensive linemen to watch." And that's about it from the big guy.

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."

By the power of association, this surely means the 2015-2016 Syracuse Orange will feature 11 starters from St. Thomas Aquinas. And when HCDM nails the top rated recruiting class, go ahead and thank Max Beaulieu too he started it all.

Let Us Get A Good Look At You: Take a look at Max's high school tape, and make sure you don't drool over your keyboard:

Great 2010 DT/DE Max Beaulieu - University School - Ft. Lauderdale, FL (via cwilson91)