As you may have noticed, the Syracuse Orange are gaining momentum on the recruiting trail for 2017 -- a nice development heading into the dead period which began yesterday, June 27 and runs through Monday, July 10.
Over the weekend, the Orange got four verbal commitments, adding onto the three players that had already committed since June 18. In the month of June, SU secured seven verbal commitments to put the class at 10 total commits. Nine of those 10 are listed as three-star recruits on 247Sports. Quarterback Tommy DeVito now has four stars from ESPN -- a big jump for him from the start of the recruiting cycle, as Syracuse.com's Stephen Bailey pointed out yesterday. Most of these players have two or three stars on Scout and Rivals right now.
Best of all with most of these players though is that they're extremely fast, as 247's Steve Wiltfong has pointed out in two separate articles in the last week. At a very brief glance:
- Wide receiver Cameron Jordan, a pickup this weekend, is listed with a 4.51 40-yard dash.
- ATH Eric Coley, son of defensive line coach Vinson Reynolds and another weekend commit, runs a sub-4.6.
- Running back Allen Stritzinger, who pledged on Sunday, clocked a 4.67 laser-timed 40 at The Opening Regional.
- Wide receiver Nykeim Johnson is listed with a 4.42 dash time on Scout and was called the next Tavon Austin by Bleacher Report.
- Florida wideout Josh Palmer also runs a 4.4-ish 40-yard dash, as we heard when he committed the other day.
We know that Coach Dino Baber's offense is going to be faster than what we've seen from Syracuse in the past. Having a collection of speedy players to cycle in and out will help keep the tempo going.
It seems that the Orange coaching staff is doing a great job of putting the puzzle pieces in place to really get this offense working quickly (no pun intended). If the early attention we're seeing is any indication, this recruiting class could be garnering some major attention when National Signing Day rolls around next February. SU's currently up to 51st in the latest 247 composite rankings, with plenty of room to climb.