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Syracuse Football Recruiting: 3-Star TE Hackett Between Orange & USF

Syracuse has been hot on the recruiting trail lately, let’s check in with one of their priority targets at a position of need.

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Stephen Bailey of Syracuse.com is reporting that Aaron Hackett, a 3-star tight end from Florida will be deciding between Syracuse and USF. Hackett attends Venice High School (in Venice, Fla.) and also has offers from the likes of Louisville, Kentucky, and Minnesota.

According to Bailey, Hackett a three-star recruit according to 247Sports, could commit to Syracuse this weekend, when he takes an official visit to campus. Last week Hackett visited USF, and stated that he wants to revisit.

The 6-foot 3 225-pound tight end is coached by former Syracuse pass-catcher, Beckett Wales. Hackett is eager to meet with the Orange staff face-to-face. Hackett particularly likes the fact that he may get early playing time, as SU will graduate three of its four tight ends after this season.

Syracuse has yet to sign a tight end in their class of 2017, which now has 15 players committed. Syracuse is only expected to have 18 players in the class (based on current available scholarships), leaving a mere three open spots right now, barring transfers or dismissals from the program.

Although tight ends aren't generally used in Dino Babers’s hurry-up offense, it is important to have extra pass catchers and (particularly) blockers for the run game. The tight end is one of the most important positions on offense when in the red zone due to their versatility.

Hackett told Bailey what he will need to see in order to commit, particularly harping on the team’s need for tight ends that can play right away.

Check out his Junior highlights: