Syracuse athletics may be in for a double-dose of Torrence.
In April, the basketball team landed a commitment from Symir Torrence after he had spent two seasons at Marquette. On Wednesday, The Juice Online was first to report Dino Babers and company offered a football scholarship to Syair Torrence, who is just a high school freshman at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, and the younger brother of Symir.
The offer was as an athlete, which means that Babers is evaluating Syair as both a wide receiver and defensive back.
I spoke with his CBA head football coach, Casey Brown, on this week’s The Juice on the Cuse podcast, presented by SNY.tv to find out more about Syair.
“Syair is a very humble young man,” Brown said. “He took (the Syracuse offer) in and enjoyed the moment, but knows he’s got a long road ahead of him.”
In particular, Brown praised Syair’s work ethic on the football field as well as in the classroom.
“As a wide receiver, he’s meticulous in terms of being ready,” Brown said. “Without work in the classroom, he’s not going to be able to get on the field. So there’s a whole other factor where he’s making sure he’s a student at CBA making sure he gets the grades to be on the field.”
It’s fitting that Syracuse was his first offer given his connections to the school. Of course, CBA is only miles away from the Syracuse campus, and many CBA players have gone on to play for the Orange (Greg Paulus, Bruce Williams and Lavar Lobdell, just to name a few).
On top of that, Syair will have a chance to watch his older brother, Symir, play basketball for the Orange for the next three years.
That was one of the first things that Brown and Syair discussed when SU offered.
“He just smiled and said, ‘Yeah coach, it’s really neat.’” Brown said. “He’s really tight and loves his brother and family. He’s a neat experience for him to have these connections to Syracuse.”
Syracuse may be the first offer, but it certainly won’t be his last one. According to a report from Sports Illustrated, Syair is also hearing from Baylor and Colorado State.
Said Brown: “The sky’s the limit for this kid.”
Afterward, TJO editor in chief Brad Bierman joins me to talk Syracuse basketball. It was another week of turnover for the team, with Marek Dolezaj and Alan Griffin leaving the team.