Despite some quiet on the Syracuse Orange football recruiting front lately, there have been some more subtle updates of late, which we’ll get into below.
Running back Seven McGee, who had transferred to Narbonne High School (Los Angeles) in January, apparently missed the home cooking of Rochester. Just four months after leaving, McGee has returned to East High School (Rochester), where he previously earned All-American honors from MaxPreps.
McGee, a 2021 prospect, is currently committed to Oregon, but holds an offer from Syracuse among many others. In 2018, McGee amassed over 1,000 all-purpose yards and 100 tackles in his sophomore season.
This is the fourth time that McGee has transferred high schools, which may alarm recruiters and fans alike, but rest assured, McGee is a stand-up guy on and off the field, as coach Steve Flager attested to when speaking with USA Today:
“He’s a kid that wants to play in front of his mom, friends and family. He already knows he’s going to spend his college days on the west coast and he has some pretty secure offers.”
It will be interesting to see how McGee’s situation plays out, being in Syracuse’s backyard certainly seems to benefit the Orange based on his desire to be closer to home for his mother to see him play. But he has also been committed to Oregon since November. McGee’s a top-100 player for 2021 and is rated four stars by the 247 composite rankings.
What’s up with the QBs?
With Eric Dungey wrapping up an illustrious Syracuse career and preparing to begin an NFL career with the New York Giants, Tommy DeVito is set to take the reins of Dino Babers’s offense. However, behind DeVito are three unproven players in redshirt senior Clayton Welch, redshirt junior Rex Culpepper and incoming three-star freshman David Summers. Welch has appeared in just one game with the Orange, and Culpepper spent the end of 2018 as a backup tight end (though played a reasonable amount in 2017). Summers, who works with the same private QB coach as DeVito, is a likely redshirt after Syracuse flipped him from Maryland in January.
Earlier this year, redshirt freshman Chance Amie, who was flipped from Houston to Syracuse late in the 2018 recruiting cycle, announced his intentions to transfer from the program. Thankfully, the staff was able to swoop in and gain a pledge from Summers to put more bodies on the QB depth chart.
Still, the thin quarterback position is an area of concern for the coaching staff and fan base alike. In the Class of 2020, Syracuse has offered a slew of quarterbacks, as is common, although many have committed to other schools. Tyler Van Dyke (CT), and Parker McQuarrie (NH), were two higher priority targets, but committed to Miami and UCLA, respectively.
Now, the focus appears to have shifted to Canadian QB Christian Veilleux, who transfered to Canisius High School (NY) for the 2018 season. Per Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey recently, Veilleux is being recruited as a class of 2020 prospect by the Orange. Veilleux’s recruitment has taken a step forward, as multiple Power 5 teams have offered Veilleux since Syracuse’s offer in April. It is unclear what schools have offered Veilleux as a 2020 or 2021 prospect.
Veilleux is listed at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and is not rated by either 247Sports or Rivals, though by the looks of his offers, one would think he’s at least a three-star player. He’ll apparently be deciding soon if he’ll classify for 2020.
If Syracuse doesn’t secure Veilleux, that’s basically it for potential blue chip 2020 targets unless they flip someone for the second straight cycle. Obviously DeVito’s the starter for the time being, but it would be ideal to have the next great Syracuse passer on the roster before he’s done at SU if we can.