Syracuse football picked up an excellent recruit in Enrique Cruz. The 2021 prospect a 247 four-star offensive lineman, which fills a big gap.

Syracuse football can breathe a big sigh of relief. The Orange struggled at offensive line last season and head into the 2020 season with a lot of question marks. The commitment of 2021 lineman, Enrique Cruz could very well change things in the near future.

Cruz is a very highly rated prospect, currently slotted as a four-star by 247sports and the 41st overall OT by 247sports composite.

The Villa Park, Illinois product is listed at 6-foot-5, 252 pounds, a tad light for his position, but 247sports Director of Scouting, Barton Simmons says this shouldn’t cause too much concern.

Athletic body type that will need to add mass in college. We have not seen in person but film and our intel suggests that length is there and frame is capable of holding the right weight. One of the better movers in this class at offensive line. Eye-popping athleticism running to the perimeter in the screen game and running through small, moving targets. Appears to like contact. Easy feet in pass protection. Can sink his hips and anchor in pass protection. Has some natural strength and power. Film shows very little run blocking. Incomplete evaluation on whether he can play with pad level and drive off the football vertically in the run game. Some questions need to be answered to get comfortable with the complete nature of his skillset but the best case scenario is one of the more talented prospects in the class. Pending more vetting during senior season, we project him as a power five impact starter after some physical maturation with sigifnicant NFL Draft upside.

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