Though to some, it may seem like the Syracuse Orange have many passers waiting, maintaining a depth chart of high quality quarterbacks is critical for every college team. After landing 4-star QB Tommy DeVito in the 2017 class, the Orange are looking to add another gunslinger (or maybe even two) for 2018.
As it stands, the two quarterbacks at the top of Syracuse’s recruiting board are Chance Amie and Will Levis, both of whom are rated as 3-Star recruits by 247Sports. However, with each player comes a different skillset and a different chance of commitment. Here’s a comparison of the two quarterbacks side by side.
Here's another video of 3-star QB Will Levis. Smooth delivery on the in route (ft. Tommy DeVito at center) pic.twitter.com/jZniJ2uorl— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) June 18, 2017
High School: Xavier High School (Middletown, Conn.)
Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 222 pounds
History: Levis didn’t attract big-time attention during his junior year despite throwing for 1,972 yards and 19 touchdowns — perhaps in part due to the perceived lack of stiff competition in Connecticut. However, he burst onto the camp scene this summer, showing his best stuff at every event and picking up a flurry of offers along the way. Along with Syracuse, his offers have come from powerhouses like Florida State, Iowa, North Carolina, and Ole Miss.
Skills: One thing is for certain about Will Levis, he is accurate. He completed 54 percent of passes during the high school season and has shown consistent accuracy at every level this summer. Though he doesn’t possess a cannon for an arm, he always delivers his throws on a line.
Syracuse’s Chances: To be determined, but below average. With the attention he’s gotten this summer, he’s received several far more intriguing offers than SU’s. One encouraging sign, however, can be found in an interview about he gave to Stephen Bailey of The Post-Standard. When asked about what intrigued him about Syracuse, he said that "as a quarterback, there's something wrong with you if that offense doesn't appeal to you."
More Chance Amie throwing pic.twitter.com/i0KLd87LQs— Mike McAllister (@McAllisterScout) June 18, 2017
High School: Robert E. Lee High School (Tyler, Tex.)
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 191 pounds
History: Playing high-tier 6A ball in Texas, Amie was on plenty of recruiting radars before the 2016 high school season even started. He certainly lived up to expectations, having received offers from the likes of Houston and North Carolina (among others).
Skills: They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and that phrase certainly applies to Chance’s arm. He darts throws to his receivers and delivers the ball up to 50 yards downfield with accuracy and ease. He’s also a very mobile dual-threat with a known ability to throw the ball on the run.
Syracuse’s Chances: Better than average. The Orange coaching staff have invested a lot in Amie, so much so that he claims he talks with QB coach and co-offensive coordinator Sean Lewis “almost every day.” He’s already announced that he will commit to a school on June 26 after two more visits to LSU and California, neither of which has offered him a scholarship. Barring an out-of-the blue offer from one of those two schools, Syracuse has a good chance of turning him Orange and making an in-road into Texas come next Monday.
Both quarterbacks have different, but great talents to offer. Come Signing Day 2018, the Orange will be blessed to have secured either, or both, of their services.