The Syracuse Orange offensive line struggled quite a bit in 2016 and Dino Babers is trying to address that in this recruiting cycle. SU currently has two linemen committed for 2017 — Dakota Davis and Patrick Davis — but they’re still looking to add at least one more to the class.
That player might be three-star Illinois offensive linemen Alex Palczewski.
Palczewski confirmed with Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey that he’ll be visiting Syracuse come January 15-17. He’s also checking out Illinois and Vanderbilt next month as well. If weather’s a factor, visiting Nashville in January vs. Illinois and CNY might sway this one a bit, guys (though he should be familiar with cold being from Illinois already).
Whens speaking with Bailey, Palczewski said that he’d been in contact with co-offensive coordinators Sean Lewis and Mike Lynch quite a bit, and the offense’s speed was what drew him to the Orange. That should be a bit of an advantage over his other two suitors, for sure.
Palczewski is a big player at 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds, but it’s a frame that fits right in with recent additions to the Orange line since Babers took over at SU.
We’ll be waiting awhile to hear Alex’s final decision — it would seem likely he’ll be ready to choose following his visits in mid-January. In the meantime, Syracuse continues working on the 2017 class. With 22 players committed (and two JUCOs signed), the Orange coaching staff still has a little more room to play with before National Signing Day. Given the growing list of January visits, those last few roster spots may fill up quickly.
Highlights of Palczewski below, for those interested: