Stow, Ohio might not sound immediately familiar to Syracuse football fans, though the town produced one of the greatest players in Orange history. And now, the town that gave Syracuse the one and only Larry Csonka has another elite talent that Dino Babers and his coaching staff are hoping to land: offensive guard Mike Miranda.

Miranda is a big-time talent at OG, rated by as the fourth best guard in his home state, and the 28th best OG in the nation. The 3-star prospect checks in at 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, and holds a long list of impressive offers.

Penn State, Pittsburgh, Iowa State, Missouri, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Bowling Green, and Boston College are just some of the schools looking to land Miranda, who visited the Orange in February and is on campus again this weekend. While on campus, he’ll be checking out the Syracuse scrimmage on Saturday morning as the Orange coaches let him know how high a priority he is in the class of 2017.

Miranda is a big, bruising guard who also excels academically. He’s already qualified with a 3.6 GPA and a 25 on the ACT, and any coach will tell you that the best offensive linemen are generally the ones who are academically inclined. With Miranda’s smarts and versatility, he could play multiple positions on the line, and could wind up as a center for Syracuse if he winds up picking the Orange.

Miranda will remain one of the highest priority prospects for Syracuse as the recruiting cycle grinds on, and with a game that’s typically won in the trenches, Babers and his staff no doubt believe he could be one of the cornerstones of the team’s success in the years to come.

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