SHOREHAM, N.Y. – Checking in at 6’5” and 270 pounds, junior Ethan Wiederkehr stands out on the football field for Shoreham-wading River High School, but also on the recruiting trail. Recently, Syracuse offered the sizable lineman on a visit to campus, his fourth offer of the recruiting process so far.
“Coach came to my school during the end of the year and coach told me he wanted me to come up for a visit and I agreed, so I had a plan a couple weeks ago to go up there,” Wiederkehr told Today’s U. “I wasn’t expecting to get an offer while I was up there. When I did [receive an offer] I was thrilled. It kind of blew me away a little bit and I was thankful.”
Thankful to receive my fourth offer from Syracuse University! pic.twitter.com/YVulQY0Gdk
— Ethan Wiederkehr (@EthanWiederkehr) August 4, 2015
While on campus, Wiederkehr was also blown away by the environment at Syracuse.
“It was gorgeous,” said Wiederkehr. “It was really nice up there. Everything seemed to be really new and in mint condition. It seemed to have everything that a football player is looking for.”
Listed as a three-star defensive end on 247Sports.com, Wiederkehr is actually receiving the majority of his recruiting attention on the offensive line, a position that he is yet to play for his high school team.
“Most colleges see me as an offensive tackle, so it’s kind of mixed up there,” said Wiederkehr. “I have never actually played it. I play tight end in our offense. I’ve never actually played offensive tackle though. In our offense, it’s almost like a second offensive tackle, like two next to each other, so I’ve had some work there but I’ve never actually played offensive tackle.”
Despite the discrepancy in which position he will play at the next level, Wiederkehr says that recruiting has picked up lately, and he is taking in the process while he can.
“It’s been pretty busy lately especially since summer started,” said Wiederkehr. “It’s been a lot of fun and I’m enjoying that I’m in this situation.”
With Syracuse now in the mix, Wiederkehr sports offers from a trio of other programs. However, he’s yet to develop a judgement about these schools, so they all remain on equal footing.
“I have three other offers from Wake Forest, Rutgers and Maryland,” said Wiederkehr. “I don’t have a true opinion about each school because I haven’t had a chance to see campus or meet the coaches.”
According to Wiederkehr, the offseason has revolved around improving his physical stature in order to prepare for a position change this year—from one defensive position to the other.
“I’ve been mainly working on my strength and explosiveness and training a lot for the season because I just feel like I need to work on that to get better,” said Wiederkehr. “I think I’ve been working really hard at it, I’ve really improved in that category and it will make me a better player during the season.
“I think my highlight tape is mostly as a defensive player. I was more on the outside rush so I’d be more of a quick end, but [this year] I think I’ll be more of a strong end so my play during last season was more of a quicker end to chase the ball down. I think this year my role will change more to a run blocker and being an inside type of guy.”
This fall, Wiederkehr says the only goal established is for his team to reach the state finals once again.