Syracuse Orange football will host one of its local camps this weekend, and recruiting targets from near and far are coming to Central New York to take part.
The most notable visitor will be 2017 quarterback Tommy DeVito. Devito is already "100,000 percent committed" to the Orange, so the coaching staff won't have to make a pitch to him. But Dino Babers and company could easily use DeVito as a trophy to show off to the other targets visiting. DeVito recently competed in the Elite 11 Finals in Los Angeles, and in July will be at The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Oregon. He's a player the coaching staff can point to as a sign of what's to come for Syracuse football.
There are plenty of players SU needs to impress this weekend, and on both sides of the ball:
2017 LB Kadeem Trotter: Trotter is one of the players coming this weekend who already holds an offer from Syracuse. He stands at 6-foot-3 and 196 pounds and told Syracuse.com earlier this week the Orange is at the top of his recruiting list. "I just want to meet all the staff and start a good relationship with them," he told Syracuse.com's Stephen Bailey. Trotter is listed as a two-star safety on 247Sports.com, but Syracuse is recruiting him to play outside linebacker.
2017 LB James McCarthy: Trotter won't be the only linebacker camping this weekend. James McCarthy is an outside linebacker from New Jersey who also has an offer from SU coming into camp. McCarthy isn't rated on the major recruiting sites but did receive all-state recognition by multiple publications after last season. He hasn't listed any of his top schools but said the Orange is "well above Rutgers," which is always nice to hear from a New Jersey target.
2017 ATH Evan Chadbourn: Chadbourn doesn't yet have an offer from Syracuse, but he visited the Hill in March and has had a relationship with the coaching staff for a while now. he doesn't have any Power Five offers, but his offer list does include Army and Navy. He's listed as a cornerback on 247Sports, but SU wants him at receiver.
2017 DE Jordan Murphy: Murphy's offer list only includes Eastern Michigan, Iowa State and Toledo, but he's gotten interest from schools like Louisville, Ohio State and Minnesota. He's listed at 6-foot-3, 241 pounds and 247Sports puts him at three stars.
2018 QB Tadas Tatarunas: Only headed into his junior year of high school, Tatarunas has yet to jump onto any major recruiting boards. He doesn't have any offers as of right now and is unranked on all major recruiting sites. However, he has already visited SU and is getting interest from Michigan State and Ohio State, per 247Sports.
There's also a pair of players visiting Syracuse this weekend who won't be camping:
2017 DE Jordan Wright: Wright has a very long list of offers as he heads into his senior year of high school. That list includes Alabama, Michigan State, USC, Michigan, Arkansas, Louisville, Florida and more to go along with Syracuse. The Orange has a secret weapon in this battle, though, as Wright's cousin Kenneth Ruff is already at SU. Wright put Syracuse in his top 12 last week, and hopefully this weekend will move the Orange towards the top of that list.
2017 WR Raheem Blackshear: He isn't rated on the major recruiting sites, but Blackshear already has offers from Temple, Army, Navy, Syracuse and others. He'll be at Penn State for a camp this weekend before visiting SU, and he hasn't given any hints as to what his top schools are. He did tell Syracuse.com he has "a great relationship with Syracuse." Blackshear's cousin, 2018 WR Nasir Bowen, will be at Syracuse's camp.
This weekend is not only a chance for Syracuse to impress players it has already offered, but also to make a good impression on those it could be looking at as the recruiting cycle goes on. Many more than those listed here will be at Syracuse's camp this weekend, and maybe some new faces catch Dino Babers' eye by the time the weekend is done.