Florida tight end Aaron Hackett officially signed with Syracuse on Wednesday, deciding to make the announcement late afternoon in front of his friends and family at his high school’s gymnasium. Hackett previously committed to SU in late July, and is one of two tight end prospects to sign with Syracuse, joining JUCO transfer Ravian Pierce.
Hometown: Venice, Fla.
High School: Venice High School
Stats: 6’3”, 225 pounds
Commitment Date: July 30, 2016
Ratings: Three stars by ESPN and Scout and two stars by 247Sports and Rivals
Other Offers: Hackett received offers from Louisville, USF, Wake Forest, Minnesota and Kentucky, among others.
Dino’s Projected Nickname: “Hack Attack, where you at?”
With Syracuse returning zero scholarship tight ends next season, Hackett – along with Pierce – will have the opportunity to contribute immediately as a true freshman. In 10 games as a senior at Venice, Hackett caught 24 passes for 324 yards and four touchdowns, helping lead Venice to a 12-1 record and Class 7A regional title, according to MaxPreps.
Hackett is rated the No. 83 tight end by 247Sports. At Venice, his position coach was former Syracuse tight end Beckett Wales. Wales played at SU from 2010-2013 under ex-Syracuse head coaches Doug Marrone and Scott Shafer. Hackett will compete with Pierce for the starting tight end spot. Pierce, however, has the upper hand over Hackett as the JUCO transfer is already on campus and participating in winter strength training.