Syracuse football is looking to reload at the quarterback position in the Class of 2013 as three-year starter Ryan Nassib enters his final season in the fall. With nothing but unproven backups slotted to compete for the job beginning in 2013, the Orange has offered a dozen rising seniors in hopes of landing multiple arms in the class – and more verbal extensions appear to be on the way.
CuseNation.com will take you through each offeree and the likeliest to join that group in our Target Tracker.
QBs off the board
Just this past week, three-star Wakefield (NC) QB Connor Mitch committed to South Carolina, in a race that was down to the Gamecocks and LSU as of late April. The Orange never appealed to Mitch, who was thinking SEC once he snagged a few offers from football's top conference.
Five-star De La Salle (MI) product Shane Morris has been committed to Michigan for over a year now, and has not only been promoting the maize and blue, but he's been actively recruiting for the Wolverines ever since.
Virtually off the board
Four-star QB Kevin Olsen, out of Wayne Hills (NJ) High, has been down to four schools for some time – and SU isn't among them. South Carolina, Wisconsin, Miami and Auburn are his finalists although some reports suggest Alabama is creeping into the mix in place of USC since Mitch already committed there.
Ryan Buchanan, a three-star rising prospect out of Jackson (MS) Prep, has maintained that he wants to stay in the South and he already holds a handful of SEC offers in addition to impressive extensions from Oklahoma State and Southern Miss.
SU in solid shape
There's nowhere else to begin here but with Tim Boyle, the three-star signal-caller out of Xavier (CT) High. He is consistently impressed with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett's system, and loves the coach's energy and enthusiasm displayed throughout his recruitment. Boyle also holds offers from Boston College, Connecticut and UMass while other area schools are close to extending his way as well. The camp circuit will determine how many offers he can stack up, though he is currently slated to camp at Tennessee at this point. The good news for the Orange is that he still does plan on deciding before the fall.
SU's Chances: 40%
The most intriguing offeree on this list is Bishop McNamara (MD) ATH Milan Collins. SU is one of the few schools that has said he can come in and play quarterback, his longtime position, although he is working out as a defensive back going forward at the request of several schools who envision the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder in the secondary. Collins is still searching for new offers in what will be a busy summer for him, but the Orange is in solid shape for him among fellow BCS schools to offer including West Virginia, Maryland and Boston College. Collins, who plans on studying communications, also recently told Scout that he has a great relationship with SU's Rob Moore in addition to strong comments about coaches from WVU and BC.
SU's Chances: 25%
Asiantii Woulard was on the "off the board list" until last month, when he backed off his South Florida commitment as interest from other BCS schools increased. The dual-threat three-star out of Winter Park (FL) High holds eight offers, but the big boys from the Sunshine State – Florida State and Florida – could be next in line to pull the trigger. Woulard is very interested in those two, but provided an offer doesn't come from either, the Orange has as good a shot as anyone to reel him in. He recently admitted that the Bulls are the only program showing more interest in him that Syracuse, but he has no timetable for a decision as he waits on cracking double-digit offers.
SU's Chances: 20%
At one time, three-star QB and Elite 11 finalist Anthony Jennings would have been in the "good shape list," but his recent national rise has him at well over a dozen offers and big-time programs like Alabama, Arkansas and Nebraska headline the list while several others are on the cusp of joining the party. SU has an in with his teammate at Marietta (GA) High since they have also offered Tyree Harris – but a package deal seems to be out of the question considering Harris' SEC-lean and Jennings' surging stock.
SU's Chances: 5%
Too early to tell
As the case with any wide variety of offers to any one position, there are a handful of recruits holding Syracuse offers that still either don't know much about the school or are still in the early stages of their recruitment.
Temple (TX) product Zach Allen and East Pennsboro (PA) QB Austin Wilson each hold just one BCS offer – from Syracuse – as they prepare for the camp circuit in search of fellow programs to extend offers their way.
Next in line?
A pair of quarterbacks who impressed at New York City's Elite 11 late last month may be on the verge of an SU offer once a few dominos ahead of them fall – like Olsen and/or Buchanan committing elsewhere.
The first is Elite 11 regional finalist Tim Brady, who picked up his first offer (Temple) last Thursday. The dual-threat option from Friendship Coll. Academy (DC) has a good relationship with the coaching staff and Moore – who has recruited him for a year now - recently stopped by his school to see him throw in person.
Bryan Schor, who was awarded the "golden gun" shirt for accuracy in New York, visited Syracuse earlier in the spring as well as some other area-schools, in search of offer No. 1. The Delaware Valley (PA) emerger will hit the camp circuit sooner than later, where his ascent is expected to continue.