It’s getting a little hard to catch a breath here, isn’t it? Just over a week ago, Syracuse only had three commits for the 2017 recruiting cycle. Now, they’ve more than tripled that number in a whirlwind of commits, the latest of which is 3-star running back Allen Stritzinger. Stritzinger has been high on the Orange for awhile, and after his good friend Eric Coley picked SU yesterday, that seems to have pushed Syracuse over the top.
— Allen Stritzinger (@Stay_Winnin_) June 26, 2016
Stritzinger has been on the radar for Dino Babers and his staff for awhile, though it was unclear whether the Orange were recruiting him as a running back or a defensive back. He’s actually gained a good amount of hype this spring with his camp performances in the secondary, but indications are that Syracuse is bringing him in with an eye toward running the football.
And catching the football, for that matter. Stritzinger is an outstanding athlete – he’s also a star for his De La Salle (Warren, Mich.) team, particularly in the hurdles – who not only possesses breakaway speed (he claims a 4.48 in the 40), but has very good hands coming out of the backfield. At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds he’s got good size and, if the Orange are able to land their other top RB prospect, Tayon Fleet-Davis, will be the lightning to Fleet-Davis’ thunder.
As a sophomore Stritzinger rushed for 1,356 yards and 20 touchdowns, per MaxPreps, in leading his team to a state championship (he rushed for 175 yards in the title game). He also had 238 receiving yards that season. His junior campaign was marred by injuries, which limited him to just 83 carries in six games. He totaled 338 rushing yards and four touchdowns in his minimized time on the field.
Stritzinger has visited Syracuse four times, and the Orange have been considered a frontrunner for his services for awhile. He also holds offers from Michigan, Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Toledo, Central Michigan, and several others. Michigan State has also been showing plenty of interest, but as a defensive back. Right now, he appears to be all Orange, however. This is a very good pickup for Dino Babers and his staff.