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Friday, January 18, 2013
New ACC programs looking to Midwest

By Jared Shanker

A recruit that was almost completely off the radar up until a few weeks ago is now looking like a good bet to sign with an ACC program.

Ocomonowoc (Wis.) tight end/linebacker Zach Poker picked up an offer from Syracuse on Thursday -- his first BCS offer.

“They got in late with the coaching carousel,” Ocomonowoc coach Ryan McMillan said. “Some things moved around.”

Poker, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior, is on an official visit to Pittsburgh beginning Friday. McMillan believes Pitt, which is joining the ACC along with Syracuse, could offer this weekend or next week by the latest.

“I think there’s a real good chance they’ll offer on the visit. If not on the visit I was told Paul Chryst is coming back next week,” McMillan said. “I foresee them offering this weekend if it goes well and he likes Pitt. That’s the impression I got.”

Air Force has also offered, and McMillan said he might take a visit there. He is interested in learning more about the service academy and likes the football program.

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is hoping to get the in-state product to walk on the Badgers’ team, but that does not appear likely unless the new Badgers coach tenders a scholarship.

“I don’t see him walking on with the Badgers if he’s got offers to BCS programs,” McMillan said. “Andersen seems like a good guy and maybe he’ll have a change in direction, but I don’t see Zach walking on. I don’t think he has any issue with leaving the state.”

Illinois called McMillan last night and could make a late offer to Poker.