Syracuse University head coach Doug Marrone knows what it will take to build the Orange into a winner, and once again tapping into the state of Florida is a great way to start.
Two weeks ago, Marrone and Syracuse went to the Sunshine State and came away with an unknown prospect, Brice Hawkes. A player that Davie University School coach Roger Harriott called a true “steal”. Now, from that same school, the Orange have struck gold with one of the premier defensive linemen in the state.
After visiting Syracuse over the weekend, 6-3, 240-pound Max Beaulieu came back with a great feeling that he found the place he wanted go.
“This is the perfect fit for me,” Beaulieu said. “A chance to play in a great conference for a coaching staff that is committed to getting back to the top in the conference was exactly what I want to be a part of.”
Syracuse, which has not gone after many Floridians in several years, now understands that the speed, athletic ability and the some 400 Division 1 prospects each year can help to turn programs around quickly.
As Harriott continues to develop talent with the Suns, players such as David Perry (University of Miami), Dwellie Striggles (Buffalo), Hawkes and now Beaulieu represent where this program is headed.
Beaulieu was considered one of the top prospects in Florida at the start of the season, earning a top 100 rating by the Miami Herald, Friday Night Football Magazine - Florida and Elite Scouting Services.
“We watched Max last year and throughout the spring and summer and felt that he was a top-flight college football prospect,” said Charles Fishbein of ESS. “When Coach Harriott told us about him, we went and watched him mature into one of the state’s better players.”
Fishbein, who had the chance to visit Syracuse during the spring, believes that like Hawkes, the Orange have come in and potentially brought back another game-changer.
“This is not just one of those ordinary talents who schools from the Northeast come in and get,” Fishbein said. “This is an athlete who was being heavily recruited by schools such as Purdue, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Arkansas, South Carolina and Nebraska.”
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