The Syracuse Orange will be adding new football recruits throughout the early signing period, this Wednesday through Friday. As each player signs, we’ll be posting profiles here on TNIAAM. Next up? One-time SMU Mustangs linebacker commit Tre Allison.
Hometown: Tyler, Tex.
Previous School: John Tyler
Stats: 6’1”, 212 pounds
Commitment Date: December 10, 2017
Ratings: Three stars from both 247Sports and Rivals. ESPN sat out evaluating Allison, which is something they’ll do every so often.
Other Offers: SMU (obviously), Mississippi State, Arkansas State, UL-Lafayette, Texas State
Dino’s projected nickname: “Tre-ning Day”
Don’t mess with Texas! Just landed an All-Star from the Lone Star state! @Allison_Tre #BEL18VE pic.twitter.com/JBV60UkxAI— Dino Babers (@CoachBabersCuse) December 20, 2017
Player outlook: As you’ll recall, Syracuse loses all three starting linebackers from this season, plus the most notable reserve in Austin Valdez. That said, Valdez is the only player who was really geared toward the scheme. Allison, and the rest of this year’s linebacker commits, are better suited for what the Tampa-2 demands of the position.
Whether that coverage focus pays dividends right away though is up for debate. SU has linebackers on the roster but only a handful are built for this scheme. Allison could potentially work his way in should some of the current roster holdovers fail to impress. The more likely scenario is a year or two before he’s in the rotation. From the tape though, he should be more than capable once he’s on the field.