Kadeem Trotter, a two-star outside linebacker from McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio told Syracuse.com's Stephen Bailey that Syracuse is far above his other suitors following the visit. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect also holds offers from a slew of MAC schools, including Bowling Green, Ball State, Kent State and Toledo (among others). He'll potentially make a commitment next month. He's be the second linebacker in the class of 2017, joining Tyrell Richards, who committed this past weekend.
Another 2017 target, slot receiver Raheem Blackshear, also came away with high praise for SU. The currently unrated Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Penn.) product told Bailey that Syracuse was in his top five. He noted that seeing the offense was a highlight, and that the coaches were mentioning him as a potential kick returner. The Orange lose their primary option, Brisly Estime, to graduation after the 2016 season.
Blackshear has offers from a host of FCS schools, as well as Army, Navy, Temple, Buffalo and Kent State. SU is the only school in his current top five, but he'll be rounding that list out soon after speaking with his parents.
Tape below on both players. As a reminder, Babers is not one to care about stars (same as any coach, really). And because we're still just getting started in the 2017 recruiting process, ratings can also change very quickly (see: DeVito, Tommy).