Ohio linebacker Kadeem Trotter officially signed with Syracuse on Wednesday. He is one of four linebackers in Syracuse’s 2017 recruiting class. Syracuse was one of the first schools to offer Trotter a scholarship, when the coaching staff extended him an offer in April. Trotter rewarded their faith in him by committing to SU in early July.
Hometown: Canton, Ohio
High School: McKinley High School
Stats: 6’3”, 196 pounds
Commitment Date: July 3, 2016
Ratings: Three stars across the board
Other Offers: Trotter received offers from Boston College, Iowa State, Toledo, Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio), among others.
Dino’s Projected Nickname: “Mr. Hall of Fame”
Trotter flew under the radar for a large portion of his high school career after his junior season was cut short to just three games due to a torn MCL. The three-star prospect, however, turned in a solid senior year campaign before suffering a torn ACL in his other knee towards the end of the season. Trotter is reportedly ahead of schedule in his rehab and will be able to resume all football activities sometime in late-May, early-June, according to Syracuse.com.
Trotter is rated the No. 92 safety by 247Sports, but is projected to primary play at the strong-side linebacker spot in Syracuse’s Tampa-2 defensive scheme, covering tight ends and slot receivers. He claims to have run a 4.46-yard 40-yard dash and squat 500 pounds on his HUDL page. Even if Trotter doesn't suffer any setbacks in his rehab, it is unlikely he’ll be a major contributor this season, as the Orange have three other linebackers in this year’s recruiting class and Zaire Franklin, Parris Bennett and Jonathan Thomas are all expected to return as well.