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Syracuse Football Recruiting: 3-Star QB Jairus Grissom Lists Orange Among Top Choices

With the spring evaluation cycle starting, we may start to see some movement.

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As mentioned the other day, plenty is happening in terms of Syracuse Orange football recruiting, even if no one's necessarily committing yet. That trend continued late yesterday, when one of SU's primary QB targets announced his top three:

Grissom is a three-star, dual-threat from Michigan (River Rouge) listed at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds. While it's not listed online who's done his primary recruiting, you'd think this would be the handiwork of Mike Hart or Vinson Reynolds, both of whom have already recruited the hell out of Michigan since arriving at Syracuse.

It's not a surprise to see Rutgers here as well, since it seems like both the Scarlet Knights' and Orange's Midwest-influenced staffs have gone after similar kids this cycle.

As Nate Mink mentions on, Grissom is one of a couple quarterbacks SU seems to be going after heavily this cycle -- the other being Don Bosco Prep (N.J.)'s Tommy Devito. Devito's being pursued by all the usual suspects, as SU is joined by Rutgers, Boston College and Maryland (among others) near the top of his list.

The pursuit of both Grissom and Devito at the same time shows Dino Babers isn't above having a more mobile QB -- but would like the option to use a pro-style passer as well. Grissom fits into the Syracuse offense similarly to current quarterback Eric Dungey, while Devito is a pocket passer similar to Babers's past QBs at Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois. The Orange have just three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster right now in (sophomore) Dungey, (freshman) Rex Culpepper and (redshirt junior) Austin Wilson. Adding two players at the position for the 2017 cycle would seem well within reason.


As Mink also mentioned in his piece, the spring evaluation period starts today and runs through May 31. Orange coaches already seem to be off and running as they start shaping the 2017 class.