2024 offensive lineman Tanner Burlingame grew up just outside Binghamton, and last season, was a big part of Main Endwell (NY) football’s 2021 Class B State Championship.
That caught the eye of the Syracuse coaching staff, who invited Burlingame to watch the Orange play Notre Dame over the weekend. Though Syracuse lost 41-24, Burlingame enjoyed the visit and the JMA Wireless Dome atmosphere.
“The game’s atmosphere was electric,” Burlingame said in an interview with The Juice Online. “The stadium was sold out and you can tell with how loud and energetic the crowd was.”
— Tanner Burlingame (@tannerburl32) October 29, 2022
While the Orange did drop to 6-2 with the loss, they are still ranked 22nd in the country ahead of a matchup with Pitt on Saturday.
“Syracuse is still, and will stay as a top dog team,” Burlingame said. “They came out of the season hot, especially with the talent in the depth chart and the amazing coaching staff that runs the team.”
Burlingame said that was a huge part of why he had such a great visit.
“The coaches and me all had great conversations,” Burlingame said. “They talked to me about my play and (thanked) me for being there. All fo the coaches were extremely nice and you could really tell how amazing the coaching staff is and how much they love the game and their players.”
All of that has left a great impression on his current recruitment.
“I definitely put Syracuse up high in interest,” he said.
Burlingame is in the midst of his own standout season. Maine Endwell is currently 8-0 and ranked ninth in New York. Aside from playing tackle, he also plays on the defensive line.
“Coming off of a State Championship in the 2021 season, (we) really brought the confidence into the season,” Burlingame said. “(We want) to go back this year and get another plaque on the wall.”