Catching up: A look at Recent Offers

The Spring evaluation period often produces a flurry of verbal scholarship offers in football, and 2012 has followed suit for Syracuse. The program has near 100 total offers out, and many have come in the last week. recaps the last 10 and provides some notes on each offeree inside…

Syracuse football is on the heels on its best week in 2013 recruiting, picking up a trio of commits in Tyler Provo, Wayne Williams and Austin Wilson – but the beat goes on.

The staff has reached out to 2013 prospects in Florida, Texas and Ohio of late – so we'll break down some of the most recent offerees.

  • Three-star Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit WR Travis Johnson (6-foot-4, 215 lbs)

    - Additional offers: Miami, Florida, Arkansas, Notre Dame, USC, West Virginia, Wisconsin and more.

    -Quick Take: Johnson is a pure vertical threat with the size and leaping ability to change the game. He reports more than 40 scholarship offers for a reason, despite not having ideal speed or route-running ability at this point in his development. His hands and raw talent are enough to consider him one of the top wideouts in Florida.

  • Three-star Miramar (Fla.) Miramar LB Jermaine Grace (6-foot-2, 195 lbs)

    - Additional offers: Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Florida and West Virginia

    -Quick Take: Grace is the prototypical Sunshine State ‘backer that may be listed under-sized but he plays about as big as it gets. He uses his athleticism and speed to get to the ball carrier swiftly and finishes with force more times than not – all while showing a high football IQ on defense and special teams.

  • Three-star Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely CB Rashard Robinson (6-foot-1, 175 lbs)

    - Additional offers: LSU, Florida State and Ole Miss

    -Quick Take: There's always some prospects that have an offer list that doesn't quite match their talent, and Robinson is in that group considering his ceiling compared to holding just four offers. Yes, the offers are gaudy, but a defensive back with his shutdown ability will eventually be offered by the bundle. He transferred schools recently, which may also add to the mystery. However, there's no doubting his talent and how it couples with his ideal and rare size for a corner.

  • Three-Star Euless (Tx.) Trinity DE Sam Tevi (6-foot-5, 270 lbs)

    - Additional offers: Arizona State, Washington, Houston, New Mexico State and Utah State

    -Quick Take: Tevi is a powerful, yet disciplined defensive end. He can also pin his ears back and get after the quarterback, all with ideal length and size and an understanding of leverage and angles. As was the case for Robinson, it's easy for solid prospects in powerhouse states like Florida and Texas to get mixed up in the shuffle – but the Orange spotted him and offered before any Big 12 school could.

  • Three-star Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit OG Cameron Ruff (6-foot-4, 280 lbs)

    - Additional offers: Iowa State and Purdue

    -Quick Take: Ruff is solid on all fronts, though he plays tackle at Jesuit. The angles are a bit different, but he seems to have the athleticism to make the slide inside to guard. On tape, he can get out to the second-level if needed and holds his own as a pass-blocker. Ruff also excels as a drive blocker and sealer against defensive ends.

  • Three-star Lorton (Va.) South County OLB Oren Burks (6-foot-4, 195 lbs)

    - Additional offers: Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Boston College, Maryland and more.

    -Quick Take: Burks is a solid tackler that projects well to the outside linebacker spot based on his ability to thrive in space and understand responsibility. He doesn't wow with big hits or elite speed, but he gets his job done more times than not while showing above-average athleticism in the process.

  • Two-star Broadview Heights (Oh.) Brecksville DE Mike Tyler (6-foot-5, 215 lbs)

    - Additional offers: Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Ohio, Western Michigan, Air Force, Ball State, Bowling Green and more.

    -Quick Take: Tyler is more suited to play outside linebacker at his current weight, and he has the skill-set to make the switch. He is an explosive athlete who uses his speed to get around blocks and ball-carriers feel the hits he produces on a consistent basis. With the right strength program, Tyler has a higher-ceiling than his two-star rating suggests.

  • Two-star Tampa (Fla.) Tampa Bay Tech DE Tony Guerad (6-foot-4, 230 lbs)

    - Additional offers: Cincinnati, Iowa State and Florida International

    -Quick Take: Florida Recruiting Analyst Mike Bakas had this to say on Guerad earlier this month: "He has some quality athleticism that enables him to get after the quarterback. If he can become even more productive on the field as a senior this fall, his recruiting stock will go really high. He's already collected a few Division 1 offers but he has BCS-level ability. "

  • Miramar (Fla.) Miramar WR Sean Avant (6-foot, 170 lbs)

    - Additional offers: West Virginia, Wake Forest, Florida International, Bowling Green and South Alabama

    -Quick Take: Avant projects as a solid slot WR, depending on the offense, because of his run after the catch ability and quick cuts. His hands are above-average and he is a good route-runner with room to improve in the speed and size department.

  • Waco (Tx.) La Vega RB Randy Gober (5-foot-8, 185 lbs)

    - Additional offers: None

    -Quick Take: Gober lacks ideal breakaway speed to go along with his under-sized frame, but he makes up for it with excellent vision and good power. He shows the ability to make defenders miss in the open field and is a handful for back-seven players to bring down with the ball in his hands.

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