November 9, 2010

Rehab time for Addazio

Back in April when the Orange held their annual spring game they did not have any commitments, but after that game they added Louie Addazio. Now in less than three months he will enroll at Syracuse, but he will not be headed north the way he wanted.

"Actually I had to have season ending shoulder surgery after the second game, I had a torn labrum," Addazio said. "It was a play in a preseason game where I hurt it. Then I played in two more games and in the second game I hurt my shoulder again."

Despite only having two games under his belt before the injury he was able to make a solid impact for his team.

"I had about 12 pancake blocks and a touchdown catch in those games."

Addazio, 6-foot-3, 225 pounds has his injury rehab going on right now and that could hurt his plans for competing early at Syracuse.

"It is a six month recovery, but I am going to enroll at Syracuse early. I am not sure how that will be handled when I get up there."

As for his future team he loves getting a chance to watch them play.

"It is awesome they have a solid record and they are trying to get to a bowl game. It is great I love watching them on TV."

Like his fellow Syracuse verbal commitments Addazio has not been shocked by the performance by the Orange this season.

"Oh definitely I expected it. Right when I committed I knew this season was going to be huge. Nobody really gave them much thought, but when I went up there I could just tell that they are going to explode."
When the Sunshine State product does have a chance to watch the Orange play he focuses in on his future position and what's going on with the tight ends.

"I just watch the tight ends every play. I just watch the tight ends and the offensive line. They use the tight end well. Nick Provo, Beckett Wales and Jose Cruz are really versatile and they do a bunch of things with them. That is really great to see."

His first visit was back in April and he plans to get back to Syracuse very soon. The next trip he takes to Syracuse will be the first time in over a decade he has been back at Syracuse for a game.

"I am taking an un-official to the Connecticut game and I will be taking my official in December. I am looking forward to watching a game in the Dome again. I also want to get to know my future teammates and really just experience the game day atmosphere. I have not been up there for a game since the late nineties."

Before Addazio made his early commitments to the Orange he had more offers than initially reported.

"I had a bunch of offers when I picked Syracuse they were just never recorded. I had Central Florida, Western Kentucky, Duke, Marshall, South Florida, Akron, Bowling Green those are only the ones I can think of off the top of my head."

Since the commitment Addazio has not shown any kind of interest to those other programs.

"I was all Syracuse. I did not talk to anybody else or pick up any phone calls."

One positive about Addazio's early commitment is his ability to help recruit. He already has played a role in one commitment and he is looking to help out with others.

"Since the day I committed I have been facebooking guys and telling them about Syracuse. I was working on Rob Trudo for awhile, Ameen-Moore the running back from Colorado, and a bunch more. I talk with Cameron Lynch a lot."

With three games to go Addazio feels he will see his future team finish strong.

"I say that they go to a bowl game and finish 10-3 just like they did in 2001."

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