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Early signing period: 2020 TE Steven Mahar signs with Syracuse

The Rochester native brings more pedigree to the tight end position.

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Welcome to college football’s Early Signing Period! As each player committed to the Syracuse Orange signs, we’ll be posting profiles here on TNIAAM. Next up is tight end and New York native Steven Mahar.

Twitter feed: @smahar_jr

Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.

High School: Aquinas Institute

Position: Tight End

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 225 lbs.

Commitment date: July 28, 2019

Ratings: Three stars from everyone

Other offers: Mahar picked Syracuse over multiple other Power 5 options including Boston College, Indiana, Iowa State and Rutgers as well as a strong G5 team in Temple.

Dino’s predicted nickname: “The Weatherman” in homage to longtime local Syracuse meteorologist Wayne Mahar.

Highlights:

Player outlook: The Orange still have both experienced senior Aaron Hackett and emerging threat Luke Benson at the tight end position for 2020, meaning Mahar is a strong candidate to redshirt. But we saw Syracuse use both TEs regularly throughout games in the back half of 2019 and one would imagine Benson will get even more targets next year. Once Hackett graduates, Mahar good become a contributor for the Orange rather quickly, though he may have to compete with fellow 2020 signee Justin Barron if the coaches put him in that position group.