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The Syracuse Orange football staff is in the midst of running the 2015 football team through the ringer in spring practice, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still hard at work on the recruiting trail as well. This weekend the Orange will have a couple of visitors to campus, including 2017 running back recruit Mike Epstein. Epstein will be suiting up for St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale this fall, and is taking in the campus on an unofficial visit.

St. Thomas Aquinas has certainly had its share of Syracuse connections over the year, including sending offensive linemen Colin Byrne and Sam Clausman to the Orange as part of the recruiting class of 2015. Former STA head coach Rocco Casullo also has Syracuse connections, as the son of former Orange assistant Bob Casullo.

That’s not the only upstate New York connection for Epstein, either. The 6-foot-1, 185 pound running back’s older brother, Danny, began his college career at Colgate before transferring to Bryant University, where he also plays running back.

It’s still early to be looking ahead to the class of 2017, but at least in terms of measurables, Epstein certainly seems like a player that the Orange staff will want to keep an eye on. In addition to having solid size (though it should be noted, while his HUDL and 247sports profiles list him at 6-foot-1, both Rivals and ESPN list him as 5-foot-11), he has also reportedly run a 4.41 40-yard dash, and playing at St. Thomas Aquinas should see his profile soar this fall.

So far, Epstein has an offer from Florida Atlantic, but has received interest from a number of power five conference schools including Miami. Last fall, the Miami Herald described Epstein as “perhaps the most impressive class of 2017 weapon in south Florida.”

In watching his highlights, it’s clear that Epstein is a decisive North-South runner with breakaway speed, and his early interest in Syracuse is encouraging considering how much his profile may be elevated playing for STA for the next two seasons.

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