Name: Jon Burton
Position: Offensive Tackle
Year: RS Sophomore
Height: 6'8" (He's the tallest Orange)
Hometown: Spotsylvania, VA
High School: Courtland
2014 Stats: Burton saw action in ten games, mostly on special teams.
2015 Projections: Burton's still got a lot of work to do before he sees significant time on the field. He's listed third on the depth chart at right tackle behind Omari Palmer and Jamar McGloster.
How'd He Get Here: OL coach Greg Adkins discovered Burton, who liked the "strong family feeling" of SU. According to an article from Syracuse.com, other schools tried to swoop in when Adkins left SU for the NFL.
Burton, who developed a close relationship with Adkins during his recruitment process, said it felt like a small punch in the stomach when news broke that who he presumed to be his future mentor was departing for the NFL.
Other schools began sniffing around, Shuman said, in an attempt to lure Burton away from Syracuse. But he had already enrolled early at Syracuse and classes were under way.
Adkins also reassured Burton that the next offensive line coach, who is now known to be Patrick Perles, would be similar in style and demeanor.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say: Three stars from ESPN, two from Scout and no rating from Rivals.
Money Quote: "It’s a big motivation to be like, ‘All right, this program did something for (Justin Pugh). It can probably do the same thing for me."
Links of Wonder: Here's a breakdown of Burton when he was first recruited to play for the Orange.
Twitterfeed: None I can find.
Tweets of Wonder:
What Does Shafer Think of Him: "He really has good flexibility – he really bends well. He’s a guy that will give us some athleticism, with size, which is always big."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Burton just keeps growing. Listed around 6'6" or 6"7" when he first got here, he's now listed at 6'8", which seems to make him the tallest Orange.
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