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Syracuse Football: Adam Giordano Finds His Strength on Gridiron

Syracuse commit Adam Giordano probably never expected he would be recruited as a football player out of high school.

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Giordano was a lacrosse phenom at his high school in Cherry Hill, NJ. If you'd have asked him three years ago what sport he'd be playing in college, he would probably have told you he'd be running on the lacrosse field.

Fast forward three years later and Giordano is now a Syracuse Orange -- currently, he's on campus taking classes and working out with the football team.


Nick Strom was hired as the football coach of Cherry Hill in December of 2013 -- this marked the beginning of Giordano's football career. Strom saw the tall and athletic-looking Giordano walking the halls and asked him to try out for the football team. Giordano would follow through and the rest is history.

"I don't even know if he had watched a game outside of the Super Bowl," Strom Said.

At first it took time for Giordano to adjust to the football field, but midway through the season he started to come into his own. His development didn't come without challenge as some school were unimpressed by his film and stated that they would follow him only if he went the prep school route. But Giordano kept getting better, exponentially so.

Heeding the advice of some big time programs, Strom looked to get Giordano into prep school and soon enough the 6-foot-4 lacrosse star would enroll at Milford Academy to play football just northeast of Norwich, NY. In less than a month at Milford, Giordano was offered a scholarship by Chuck Bullough.

Giordano is now working out at Syracuse and will get ready to compete at the strong-side linebacker position. Clark Lea said that he could play the middle depending on how his body fills out. Lea went on to say,

"What Adam showed was just a really unique ability to bend his frame, sink his hips. So when you see that kind of thing, you think the sky's the limit here."

What the coaching staff was able to discover is a low-risk, high-reward prospect in Giordano. Originally it was unclear whether or not the Orange would have room for him and their best signee on the roster, but there will indeed be a place for he and Marquise Blair.

See some of Giordano's lacrosse highlights below: