The Syracuse Orange missed out on another target quarterback option over the weekend, in three-star Connecticut passer Will Levis. Levis heads to Penn State, and adds his name to a long list of potential SU quarterback commits to head elsewhere.
Depending on your perspective, this could be a bit problematic. While Syracuse has four scholarship QBs on this year’s roster, injuries can strike at any time. The Orange haven’t had the same week-to-week starter for a whole season since 2012, and incumbent starter Eric Dungey’s obviously had his fair share of bad injury luck.
Beyond Dungey, Zack Mahoney’s been hot and cold in relief for the last two years. And neither redshirt freshman Rex Culpepper nor true frosh Tommy DeVito have ever taken a snap in college.
That backlog with two freshman QBs has the potential to make landing a 2018 passer a little less critical in theory. Still, one transfer and that deep group looks a whole lot thinner. We’ve seen this before just a few years ago when most of the Orange QBs (in particular Mitch Kimble, Austin Wilson) never made it to the end of their time on campus.
Because Syracuse didn’t secure a top quarterback early in the recruiting class of 2018, it was never all that likely that they would. Of the team’s 18 offers out to QBs in this cycle (these are only according to 247Sports so there could be more), just four players are undecided. Top-ranked quarterback Justin Fields isn’t coming to Syracuse, so move on from that pipedream. But the others do have potential:
Kevin Doyle, pro-style (DC)
The St. John’s College High School three-star has offers from a lot of top programs (Georgia, Florida, LSU, Nebraska, etc.), which automatically puts Syracuse in a tough spot. At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, his size has obviously attracted the impressive name of suitors. There hasn’t been much movement for SU lately on Doyle’s recruitment.
Carter Bradley, pro-style (FL)
Bradley’s really closed in on a few teams now, according to 247Sports, including Syracuse, Pitt and Wisconsin. Neither of those schools have a quarterback in the door right now either though. Also, Bradley’s star is probably about to rise a bit after he attended the Opening Finals. He camped at LSU in June, though has yet to receive an offer. He is the Orange’s best chance to land a passer.
Steven Krajewski, pro-style (GA)
Krajewski’s a little bit lower on the national radar, but still a three-star. Problem is, he could be targeting local options first (which means Georgia State). UConn’s in the running as well. We shouldn’t have a problem beating out the Huskies, but it’s a tougher sell to get him to leave Georgia, it seems.
Syracuse could look beyond these names, and likely has already. Again, just going off of 247, which is the best but not definitive resource for offer lists. If they choose to peer toward 2019 instead, perhaps we see some new movement there as Dino Babers and his staff hope to get ahead of the game.
What would you do, though? Stand pat here (especially if Bradley doesn’t come through), or try to swing someone as the class of 2018 continues to take shape?