2013 Targets: Quarterback

With Ryan Nassib entering his final season at Syracuse, the football program will need to bring in additional signal-callers to help fill the void going forward. CuseNation.com takes an early look at the players who are on radar at the moment.

Syracuse football has brought in just three quarterbacks over the last three seasons, but that one-per-year average may be tested in the Class of 2013 as current starter Ryan Nassib gets set for his final season under center for the Orange.

With five offers out already, the coaching staff is not wasting any time in trying to add new arms to the mix. Here's our look at each offeree and some of the prospects who may snag an offer before National Signing Day 2013.


De La Salle Collegiate HS (MI) Five-star quarterback Shane Morris was among the first passers to haul in an SU offer, but he was also the first commit to the University of Michigan for the Class of 2013 - last May. So we'll take a closer look at the undeclared prospects.

~Four-star Kevin Olsen - 6-foot-3, 189 lbs Wayne Hills HS (Wayne, NJ)

Additional Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), Michigan, Stanford and many more

Quick Take: Quick release, strong arm, very accurate and not hard to figure out why he has 20 verbal offers. Olsen has it all, including the size, to excel at the next level and possibly beyond. As if the tape isn't enough, he is the son of a coach and the younger brother of Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen.

~Anthony Jennings - 6-foot-2, 205 lbs Marietta HS (Marietta, GA)

Additional Offers: Virginia Tech, South Florida, Boston College, Ohio, Arkansas State

Quick Take: Jennings, who has dealt with an ongoing knee issue, continues to rehab from minor surgery though he should be ready to roll late in the spring. The dual-threat option has a solid release and excellent touch on the ball, with enough arm strength to excel in the short-to-intermediate game as well. Jennings also has 4.5 speed, so he has the chance to take off during his senior season as long as he heals properly.

~Milan Collins - 6-foot-2, 190 lbs Bishop McNamara HS (Forestville, MD)

Additional Offers: West Virginia, Rutgers, East Carolina, Massachusetts, Buffalo

Quick Take: Another dual-threat option, though more likely to move to defense or to receiver than Jennings. Collins recently sent some teams a tape of him going through defensive back drills, though he continues to throw and work with his wide receivers every day. Collins has the ability to play QB at the BCS-level, though it would likely be down the road considering his raw talent as a thrower. He does have a strong arm and comes from a spread offense, so it will depend on what schools want him to do. The athlete has been recruited as a QB, DB and WR thus far and doesn't mind playing either position.

~Ryan Buchanan - 6-foot-4, 200 lbs Jackson Prepatory School (Jackson, MS)

Additional Offers: Mississippi State

Quick Take: Under the radar until recently, Buchanon has been picking up steam of late. Expect a few more SEC schools to offer the big-bodied thrower. On tape, he does not disappoint. He makes decisions quicker than most high school quarterbacks and gets through his progression with ease. Buchanon's release is quick and he has excellent touch on the way to making all the throws. He can throw effectively on the run and can make better plays with his feet than given credit for.

On the Radar

Of the QB prospects on radar for the Orange, only one of six players – Holy Trinity (NY) prospect Christopher Laviano - has an offer to his name. Rutgers is the lone school to extend his way, but several local schools are interested in him. Laviano, who stands 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, has some zip on the ball and can get it deep despite a wind-up release.

The rest of the bunch has just as much talent despite awaiting their first offer to come in. Of the remaining prospects with interest from the Orange, Bishop Mora Salesian (CA) QB Jihad Vercher, Edision Friendship (Wash. DC) QB Timothy Brady Jr. and Flint Powers Catholic (MI) QB Garrett Pougnet are dual threat options that may project better in the backfield or on the outside than under center. St. Viator (IL) prospect Mickey Macius has happy feet in the pocket although he gets the job done after shifting around the backfield.

The best of the bunch, in terms of turning the film on and checking out how each projects, may be Berean Christian (CA) signal-caller Garrett Anderson. He stands a tall 6-foot-2 in a spread offense and shows excellent anticipation with his receivers and has an arm strong enough to make nearly all the throws. Expect him to pick up steam heading into the summer.

We'll keep you updated on all the new players on radar and new offerees as they come in, so stay on CuseNation.com and Scout.com for all the latest.

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