It’s early signing season, which means a new batch of Syracuse Orange athletes are about to head north. Syracuse will add recruits to the program between Wednesday through Friday, but expect most players to sign on Wednesday. As each signing is confirmed, we’ll post profiles here on TNIAAM. Up next is Enrique Cruz, who looks to add some immediate depth to the offensive line.
Twitter feed: @Enriquecruzz1
Hometown: Villa Park, Ill.
Previous School: WIllowbrook High School
Stats: 6’5”, 252 lbs.
Commitment date: September 7, 2020
Position: Offensive tackle
Ratings: Four stars from 247Sports, three stars in the composite. 247sports has Cruz as the 24th ranked tackle in the class.
Other Offers: Cruz was courted and offered by Louisville, Wake Forest, Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Utah and West Virginia, among others.
Dino’s projected nickname: He may have coined it himself, but Syra-Cruz seems to work for him.
COMMITTED!! SYRACRUZ! I would like to thank everyone who has helped me the Syracuse coaches @CoachLynch @CoachCavCuseOL @CoachBabersCuse and all my coaches coach Hildreth! Coach p! And coach Madison thank you all you’ve all helped me and inspired me thank you for everything! pic.twitter.com/xZqbIAYLkA— Enrique A Cruz Jr (@Enriquecruzz1) September 7, 2020
Player Breakdown: A great frame to start the college game with, Cruz would benefit from hitting the weights a little prior to camp to get up to playing weight, but the basics seem there. I don’t by any means expect him to come in and make an immediate impact, but you rarely do with linemen. He sits a touch high in his pass protection and loses his hips against a wide rush, but he also has the feet to make up for it and looks to be a tackle who plays to the whistle, recovering well.