Western NY could be key for Syracuse in 2016

The 2015 class may be in full swing, but it's never too early to look ahead. There are several talented prospects in the 2016 cycle right down the road from Syracuse in Western New York. Could this be a key pipeline for the Orange?

The 2016 class in Western New York holds maybe the most talent in one class in the area in recent memory. Syracuse is involved with several and the area could be a key pipeline next cycle.

Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas Institute QB Jake Zembiec: Zembiec is a big time quarterback talent who already holds an offer from Penn State and has received interest from several others of college football's elite. Syracuse has informed him an offer is on the table, and they watched him throw on Wednesday. Zembiec plans to build the relationship with quarterbacks coach Tim Lester .

Henrietta (N.Y.) Rush-Henrietta QB Jared Gerbino: Gerbino is more of a dual threat while Zembiec is more of a traditional pocket passer. He had a solid sophomore season and will continue to get better. There is a lot of upside here and he is on Syracuse's radar. Expect him to camp over the summer.

Rochester (N.Y.) Bishop Kearney QB Todd LaRocca: LaRocca rounds out the quarterback trio in the Rochester area. After losing the starting spot to Gerbino, he transferred to Bishop Kearney in order to be the starter. He has a strong arm and has performed well during 7-on-7 events. He camped at Syracuse last summer and will likely do so again this year.

Buffalo (N.Y.) Canisius RB Terius Wheatley: Wheatley is the younger brother of 2015 four-star Tyrone Wheatley. He has the potential to be one of New York's best in 2016, and Syracuse will pursue him accordingly.

Buffalo (N.Y.) Kenmore West RB Terrell Ford: Ford is a solid back already on the Syracuse radar, as well as other northeast programs. He is another camp candidate for the Orange this summer.

Henrietta (N.Y.) Rush-Henrietta RB Daekwon Wilson: Wilson has as much raw talent as anyone in the area. He has strong footwork, athleticism and quickness. Once he matches his passion for the game and off the field work to that talent, he has the potential to really explode onto the scene.

Rochester (N.Y.) McQuaid Jesuit OT Noah DeHond: DeHond visited Syracuse during the spring and is very interested. Given his elite size for the position, he will receive a lot of BCS level interest. He will camp at Michigan, Michigan State and other elite programs this summer, as well as Syracuse.

Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas Institute OLB Jamir Jones: Jones picked up an offer recently from Syracuse. It was his first, and he was excited that it was the big in-state school. Jones plans to camp over the summer and has high interest in the Orange. He could burst onto the scene with a strong junior season, but Syracuse getting in early is good for their cause.

Rochester (N.Y.) Gates-Chili CB Isaiah Brown: Syracuse really likes Brown's game. He is a natural corner who plays fast with instinctual cover skills. Academics are an issue here, by Brown's own admission, which could be the reason an offer has not been extended. According to Brown, he will be working hard during summer school to try to correct some of those issues. He will also camp at Syracuse this summer.


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