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Syracuse football recruiting: QB target Sam Johnson sets decision for May 7

Can we add our second 2019 prospect in as many weeks?

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Last Friday, the Syracuse Orange football program got its first commitment of 2019, in three-star athlete Courtney Jackson. Come May 7, there’s a chance SU could double that number -- and fill out a key position as well.

Three-star quarterback Sam Johnson announced yesterday that he’ll be making his college decision on May 7 at 4 p.m. ET, via USA Today livestream. The pro-style passer is ranked just outside the top 400 in the 247Sports composite, and is the 15th-best pro-style QB in the entire class.

Johnson, from Walled Lake, Mich., cut his list of potential destinations to just five schools on April 21. Along with Syracuse, Boston College, Iowa, Michigan and Missouri also made the list. The Wolverines and Eagles also have QBs already for 2019, so this one might actually be be a three-team race between the other schools.

As mentioned not too long ago, this year’s quarterback class is pretty slim in comparison to previous seasons, so if teams want a high-end talent, they’ll need to move quickly. Many programs have already done so, and Johnson appears to be Syracuse’s best bet to address the position as well. With Eric Dungey graduating this year, the Orange would be down to four scholarship passers on the roster: Rex Culpepper, Tommy DeVito, Chance Amie and Clayton Welch. Culpepper, who’s currently undergoing treatment for a cancer diagnosis, is the only one of those players to start at game at the college level yet.

We’ll have an update on Johnson’s decision once he makes it next Monday.