It’s a big recruiting weekend for the Syracuse football program, with a number of high level prospects making the trip to Central New York to spend the day on campus on Saturday. Among those making the trip is Michigan running back Allen Stritzinger, a 4-star talent who is rated as the best at his position in his home state.

Stritzinger is a 6-foot, 183 pound athlete who holds offers from Michigan, Cincinnati, Western Michigan, Toledo, and Central Michigan, in addition to Syracuse. He’s also getting heavy interest from the likes of Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.

The De La Salle product is rated by as the No. 240 prospect in America in addition to being the top RB in Michigan. With speed reportedly between 4.48 and 4.52, he’s got a solid combination of size and quickness, and put up some big numbers as a junior last season. He shows a nice ability to stay patient and find holes, and when he does he turns quickly upfield and runs past defenders with relative ease. He also shows good hands both out of the backfield and when playing in the slot, making him a versatile offensive threat.

Running back is clearly an area that the new staff is focusing on for the 2017 cycle, especially since, outside of bruising back Jo-El Shaw, no other RBs were part of the 2016 class (especially with Moe Neal seemingly firmly entrenched as a wide receiver heading into his freshman campaign). The Orange have some good young talent at the position with the likes of Jordan Fredericks and Dontae Strickland, but you can expect Dino Babers and his staff to work on bringing in multiple prospects at the position. They’d certainly love to have Stritzinger among those in the class of 2017.

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