2013 Targets: Wide Receiver

As February comes to a close, CuseNation.com takes a look at certain positions of need for Syracuse football. First up, we take a look at the wide receivers that have been targeted by the staff early on.

Many quarterbacks have been both brought in and targeted by Syracuse Coach Doug Marrone and company over the last year or so. However, the same cannot be said for players on the outside. The staff did sign three-star wideout Alvin Cornelius and Ben Lewis in the Class of 2012, but the offering process has been a bit slow for next year's bunch.

A trio of wideout prospects do hold SU offers at this point, but a handful of others are on the Orange's radar as well.

Offerees

~ Rob Wheelwright - 6-foot-2, 170 lbs Walnut Ridge HS (Columbus, OH)

Additional Offers: Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Illinois, Boston College and more

Quick Take: Wheelwright was just named the No. 8 player in Ohio in the early Scout.com rankings, and his versatility contributes to that. He's characterized as a smooth receiver and efficient defensive back, though he will almost certainly play offense at the next level. Wheeleright goes up for the ball and has solid hands in the process. He doesn't have listed favorites just yet, so it's anybody's game.

~ Corey Smith - 6-foot, 175 lbs East Mississippi Community College (Scooba, MS)

Additional Offers: Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Nebraska, Michigan State and more

Quick Take: The JUCO threat spent 2011 at Grand Rapids CC in Michigan, and he was committed to Tennessee before that. Smith, who has good hands and shows great body control on film, Will be eligible to enroll at his school of choice in January of 2013. He continues to rack up offers, though no official favorite has emerged from the pack.

~ Tyree Harris - 6-foot-1, 170 lbs Marietta HS (Marietta, GA)

Additional Offers: Boston College

Quick Take: Harris may be the most complete wideout of the bunch, and he is steadily improving in the weight room and in work outs. He has good enough speed to beat his man over the top, but displays solid route-running skills in the process. Harris has good ball skills as well, so once he adds weight to his slender frame he may sky-rocket in the recruiting process.

On the Radar

~ De'Niro Laster - De'Niro Laster - 6-foot-2, 200 lbs Shaker Heights HS (Shaker Heights, OH)

Offers: Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Temple, Toledo

Quick Take: While he has BCS-level size on the outside, he doesn't have separation speed. He does have the ability to go up and get the ball while possessing strong hands in the process. He lined up at tight end and excelled on defense as a linebacker as well, so the summer will be big for him in terms of finding a landing spot.

~ Mark Chapman - 6-foot, 170 lbs Port Huron HS (Port Huron, MI)

Offers: Central Michigan

Quick Take: Chapman played mostly quarterback in 2011, showing big-play ability as a runner. He projects as a wideout, and has a smooth running style in the open field. Chapman will need to show the ability to haul in passes during the camp circuit in the summer, and more offers may be headed his way.

~ Brandon Bean - 6-foot, 185 lbs Southfield HS (Southfield, MI)

Offers: None, but has Big Ten and Big East interest

Quick Take: Bean has some interest from Michigan, where his father played, as well as other big-time schools – but is still awaiting offer No. 1. On film, his ability to catch the ball in traffic is immediately noticed. Bean can also go up for it, which is necessary for a player of his size and lack of elite speed. The junior goes to the same school as 2012 Syracuse signee and four-star TE Ron Thompson.

~ Dejion Evans - 6-foot-1 1/2, 190 lbs Catholic Memorial HS (West Roxbury, MA)

Offers: None, but has interest from Connecticut and Virginia in addition to SU

Quick Take: Evans was a reserve on his senior-laden team in 2011, so he may be on the brink of a breakout senior year. In limited action, he showed solid rout-running and good hands on tape. Evans is another big-bodied WR who has good ball skills, something very common among Syracuse's targets thus far.

~ Kent Scippio - 6-foot-1, 151 lbs Windsor Forest HS (Savannah, GA)

Offers: None, but interest from Alabama and Georgia Southern

Quick Take: Scippio obviously needs to work on his frame before any school pulls the trigger, so he may have the longest way to go among the targets on this list. A big 2012 will likely land him an offer considering he didn't finish in the top three in receiving on his team last year.


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