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Syracuse football recruiting: Preferred walk-on LB/TE Zack Magdis commits to Orange

SU adds Zack No. 2 to the roster, after only having one for last couple years.

NCAA Football: Central Michigan at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange football coaching staff has been busy on the recruiting trail since the quiet period ended earlier this month. On Wednesday, they heard some good news there — in the form of a commitment from preferred walk-on Zack Magdis.

Magdis, a tight end/linebacker from Worcester Academy in Massachusetts stands at 6-foot-2 and 226 pounds. According to the story from, SU defensive coordinator Brian Ward extended a preferred walk-on offer to Magdis on Tuesday night, along with one for his teammate, defensive tackle/fullback Kevon Darton. We’re pretty familiar with the DT/FB role at this point given Chris Elmore’s success the last two years, obviously.

If Magdis ends up a tight end, he’d be a depth add to a group that’s deep but only mildly experienced. Aaron Hackett and Gabe Horan are returning scholarship players competing for the starting role, and the team also added Luke Benson during the early signing period. QB Rex Culpepper had been moved to tight end over the course of last season, but could move back under center following Chance Amie’s transfer. Walk-ons Jesse Conners is also on the roster.

Linebacker is a bit more crowded, obviously. Though Syracuse hits reset a bit after losing leading tacklers Ryan Guthrie and Kielan Whitner, there are numerous players with varying levels of experience left on the roster, plus a good number of adds for the 2019 recruiting class. SU signed four-stars Lee Kpogba and Mikel Jones in December, along with Geoff Cantin.

No matter the position he plays, welcome aboard, Zack! Please check in with fellow linebacker Zack Lesko to update him on the additional Zack on the roster. You’ll also need to file paperwork with ALL-TIME ZACK, “Officer” Zack Mahoney before making it official.