Beyond Athletics held a combine on Martin Luther King Day, and displayed some young talent worth keeping an eye on. That includes some Syracuse targets.
Mike Wagner, Quarterback, Class of 2015: Wagner displayed good zip on his ball, but didn't throw as tight of a spiral as hoped. Still, he has good arm strength and anticipates routes well. Wagner has a bit of a hitch in his delivery, which needs to be corrected at the next level. He is currently being recruited by Ivy League schools, such as Princeton.
Todd LaRocca, Quarterback, Class of 2016: LaRocca was impressive again, as he has been each time I've seen him. He has a quick delivery, stands tall and a strong arm. He needs to work on his touch on deep balls, but has a lot of potential. LaRocca could be transferring out of Rush-Henrietta. He has camped at Penn State and Syracuse, and received preliminary interest from Notre Dame.
Deon Edwards, Quarterback, Class of 2019: Obviously, it is very early for Edwards. Still, the young talent displayed his arm strength at such a young age. His hands are still growing and a bit small to fully grip the full-sized football at this time. But you can see the upside here. He has to work on his throws down the field, but that should come as his hands grow.
Isaiah Brown, Defensive Back, Class of 2016: Brown is a natural at the position, has solid footwork in his back pedals and has strong hips in coverage. He tends to run with his feet kicking out to the side instead of straight back, which is a habit that takes a bit of speed away from him. Brown plays faster than he tests in the 40 and has upside. Syracuse has visited him a few times at his school already.
Noah Herington, Offensive Lineman, Class of 2015: Herington is a big, physical offensive lineman that uses his hands well. His footwork is solid, though he is a bit slow in straight-line speed. His physicality gives him upside.
Jerome Brundidge, Linebacker, Class of 2015: Slightly undersized for his position, Brundidge was impressive during the combine. He looked comfortable in coverage and moved his hips fluidly. During 7-on-7 drills, he read the quarterback well and showed some lateral quickness.
Lucky Edwards, Running Back, Class of 2016: Edwards is quick and has elusiveness as a classic scat-back type. He has solid footwork and can catch the ball out of the backfield. It will be interesting to see how he develops over the next few years.
Ricky Norris, Linebacker, Class of 2016: Norris has ideal size for a linebacker or defensive end. He still appears to be learning the linebacker position, and was slow in his back pedal in coverage. His footwork could use improvement, but there is athletic upside here with some development.