The Cass Tech-to-Syracuse pipeline continues to grow, as three-star defensive end Zach Morton became the second recruit in two years to sign with SU out of the Detroit prep school on Wednesday, joining Orange freshman linebacker Tim Walton. Morton was one of the earliest Class of 2017 recruits to commit to Syracuse, after he made his pledge to play for SU all the way back in May of 2016.
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
High School: Cass Technical
Position: Defensive end
Stats: 6’4”, 222 pounds
Commitment Date: May 10, 2016
Ratings: Three stars across the board
Other Offers: Morton received offers from Cincinnati, Western Michigan, Iowa State, Bowling Green and Toledo.
Dino’s Projected Nickname: “It’s Morton Time!”
Morton is rated the No. 51 weak-side defensive end and the No. 21 prospect in the state of Michigan by 247Sports. As a senior, Morton helped lead Cass Tech to an undefeated 14-0 record and a state championship. He was one of three Cass Tech players named to MLive’s Detroit Defensive Dream Team in November. When he committed to SU, Syracuse coach Dino Babers referred to him as a “sack specialist.”
Unlike last season, where Syracuse was forced to start two true freshman at defensive end, the Orange have some experience at the position, with Kendall Coleman, Josh Black, Jake Pickard and Kenneth Ruff all returning. While there are a number of experienced players ahead of him on the depth chart, it’s still too early to overlook Morton as a potential contributor for next season.