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? Local offensive talent Gabe Horan.
Hometown: Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Previous School: Charles W. Baker
Position: Tight end/offensive tackle
Stats: 6’6”, 260 pounds
Commitment Date: February 9, 2017
Ratings: ESPN and 247Sports both said three stars. Rivals was the odd man out deciding on two for some reason.
Other Offers: Boston College, Buffalo
Dino’s projected nickname: “Gabes in Toyland”
Player outlook: Horan could really trend toward either position with Syracuse, depending on what the Orange need and how he’s able to put on or lose a few pounds. Height-wise, he fits the part as a tackle, though he’d still need to add some weight. At tight end, he could probably trim off 20-30 and still manage to be a bruising target in the short part of the field.
Traditionally, tight ends have taken on more of a blocker role for Dino Babers’s system, but neither tight end on the roster right now appears built for that role. Horan could be a return to normal for the offense. Or perhaps a player that converts to tackle over time. We’ll have to wait and see where he’s slotted in long-term.