Tight end figures to be an important position in the new offense being installed by offensive coordinator Tim Lester, and Syracuse University has been targeting some talented, athletic players for the position. One of the earliest targets for the Orange was Ray Marten, a New York City kid who selected Boston College today. But believe it or not, this might actually be in Syracuse’s best interest.
Syracuse hasn’t really been a big factor in Marten’s recruitment in awhile, and the fact that he selected BC doesn’t exactly come as a shock. What it does do is potentially create a situation wherein the top tight end target on Syracuse’s board will now take a much closer look at Syracuse, and less of a look at Boston College.
The recruit in question is Sean McKeon, a 6-foot-5, extremely athletic tight end prospect from Dudley, Massachusetts. For a lot of folks, Boston College seemed to be the team to beat for McKeon’s services – and frankly, they still may be. It really depends on how many tight ends Steve Addazio decides to take in the 2016 class.
The perceived BC lean was due to McKeon’s proximity to the college as well as the fact that his Shepherd Hill High football coach’s son – and one of McKeon’s good friends – plays for Boston College (Chris Lindstrom, a freshman offensive lineman).
However, with a high profile tight end like Marten selecting the Eagles it may throw a new wrinkle into the recruitment of the talented pass catching Massachusetts native. McKeon recently released a top five that included BC, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Michigan, though that’s not to say he isn’t still holding out for other offers. He’s going to be going to camp at Duke in a couple of weeks, for example.
With BC conceivably off the table – again, depending on how many tight ends they want to bring in (and keep in mind they signed two in the class of 2015) – it should only strengthen Syracuse’s chances of landing McKeon, at least in theory. McKeon visited Syracuse last week and will return on June 13 for camp, and has already stated he hopes to decide on a school by the end of the month. A good experience at the Syracuse camp next week could go a long way toward really selling him on the school, particularly now that one of the favorites for his services may be getting closer to being off the market for tight end prospects.
Whether or not Marten’s commitment to BC plays a role remains to be seen. The bottom line is that McKeon has the look of a difference maker in Tim Lester’s offense, with his outstanding combination of size and speed (which has been verified in the 4.6 range). He would be an excellent pick up for Syracuse. Hopefully, this will turn into a situation in which the Orange win (McKeon) by losing (Marten).