It’s a big recruiting weekend for Syracuse University and things got off to a good start on Saturday with the commitment of 6-foot-7 offensive tackle Michael Clark. Clark was previously committed to Maryland, but recently backed away from that pledge and gained quick interest from Dino Babers and his staff.

Clark, at 6-foot-7, 281 pounds, gives the Orange another big, athletic body on the offensive line. He joins Sam Heckel, Liam O’Sullivan, and Airon Servais as offensive line commits in the class of 2016. The 3-star prospect also had offers from South Carolina, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Rutgers, and Pittsburgh, making him one of the most coveted players in Syracuse’s class.

Clark has great size and length, and the Exton, Pennsylvania native boasts a frame to become a prototype at tackle. Clark is one of several high priority targets on the Syracuse campus this weekend, along with the aforementioned Heckel and Servais. He’s the fourth OL to commit but may not be the last, as the Orange are also still in the mix for 4-star offensive guard Stewart Reese, who visited upstate New York last weekend.

This is the first commitment of the weekend for Syracuse, but don’t expect it to be the last. I’d wager we’ll hear about a couple more pledges today.

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