The Syracuse Orange football program’s class of 2017 is finally signing on the dotted line. National Signing Day will welcome plenty of new players to the SU family, and we’re providing profiles for each and every commitment at TNIAAM. The latest signee is Michigan product Allen Stritzinger, who looks to be a solution at running back.
Hometown: Warren, Mich.
High School: De La Salle Collegiate
Position: Running back
Stats: 6'0", 184 pounds
Commitment Date: June 26, 2016
Ratings: Everyone gave him three stars, except ESPN (two stars). Why be like that, guys?
Other Offers: Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Western Michigan... pretty much the entire MAC. Before getting injured as a junior, Michigan was also after him (and at that time, he was a 4-star running back).
Dino’s projected nickname: “Allentown” (Dino seems like he enjoys Billy Joel, no?)
Player Breakdown: The running back spot was one of trouble and concern for Syracuse in 2016, so reinforcements are much appreciated as this class tries to rebuild some depth there. With two returning running backs on the roster (Moe Neal, Dontae Strickland), there will be ample opportunities for inbound guys like Stritzinger to make a contribution right away.
If Stritzinger can show the injuries are a thing of the past (and I doubt Babers would’ve offered him if that didn’t seem like a clear possibility), his commitment could be an absolute steal for the Orange. While he’s not the bigger mold that this team inevitably needs to run up the gut more, he should still see plenty of burn between the tackles. Once Babers finds his battering ram to open holes, it’ll become much easier for Strizinger and anyone else who carries the football to find more success.