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Name: Enrique Cruz Jr.
Position: Offensive Line
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Weight: 303 lbs.
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
High School: Willowbrook
2021 stats: No appearances, hence the redshirt.
2022 projections: An athlete, Cruz brings a highly touted big body to another year of collegiate level weight training. He’s likely on the two-deep somewhere and could be a big portion of the depth Mike Schmidt is trying to build. A former four sport guy, playing basketball and wrestling in high school as well as track (shotput), he’s got the tools to make an impact.
How’d he get here?: Arizona, Arizona State, Indiana, Louisville, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia were all in the mix for Cruz.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Four stars from 247sports, three stars from ESPN and Rivals.
Money quote: We knew Cruz was recruited by Cavanaugh and came in under Schmidt, which wasn’t entirely blind. He did have insight on his new o-line coach Mike Schmidt, but also knew Syracuse was the right fit:
I didn’t. You can’t just go to school for the coaches because the coaches can leave whenever. You gotta go to school because you like it. So, at the same time, I wish he could’ve coached me, but I went to Syracuse for Syracuse. I know Coach (Mike) Schmidt. I talked to him on the phone. He’s a good person, so I can’t wait for him to coach me too.
Twitter feed: @Enriquecruzz1
Tweets of wonder: Cruz meeting and greeting:
Interesting nugget o’interest: Cruz was also a shot putter in high school, winning his conference championship this year.
Let’s get a look at ya: Good to see the coaches also embracing the “Syracruz” nickname.