The Syracuse Orange could use some help on the offensive line next season if they’d like the run game to improve. You know this, and apparently 2017 offensive tackle prospect Tyran Hunt does, too. He tweeted out his top three on Sunday night, and the list includes Syracuse.
Commitment date coming very soon. Lets get it! pic.twitter.com/3QzQ7wVwj1— Tyran Hunt (@tyranjhunt) November 27, 2016
That note above also sort of opens the door for Duke as a fourth option, but avoiding that debate, it’s between SU, Maryland and Virginia for his services.
Hunt is a three-star prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings, and stands at an impressive 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds as a senior at Southampton High School in Cortland, Va. One note on the rankings there: those are based on him playing defensive end, rather than on the offensive line, where Syracuse sees him. The Virginia product, ranked among the top 30 or so players in the state this cycle, already conducted an official visit to Syracuse.
As is increasingly typical of Orange recruiting battles, we’ve been up against at least half of the ACC to get Hunt to commit. North Carolina, Virginia Tech, NC State, Wake Forest, Duke and Pittsburgh all extended offers, as did Maryland and Vanderbilt outside of the ACC.
Syracuse hasn’t had a ton of success in the Virginia area of late. Their last commit from the state was Jonathan Burton back in 2013. As you may recall, Dino Babers had originally added Chris Beatty to recruit the state. But after Beatty left for Maryland (/shakes fist), Reno Ferri joined the fold to create a tie to the region.
With Hunt’s visit to Duke a couple weeks out still, we’ll probably be waiting on this decision until closer to the end of the month or early January. Still, fingers crossed SU can their second offensive lineman for 2017.