New Jersey has become one of the biggest pipeline states for Syracuse since they hired tight ends coach Bobby Acosta. He has helped the Orange land two players in the 2015 class and are in hot pursuit of a third. Coach Acosta's efforts suggest the Garden State could be even more fruitful in future classes.
Syracuse already has offers out to 13 prospects in the state in the 2016 class. One that recently went out was to Holmdel (N.J.) St. John Vianney Regional High quarterback Anthony Brown.
"My coach came in the weight room and told me," Brown said. "I was shocked because no one had said a word to me before that. The first thing I did was call my mom. She said, 'congrats, that's a great school.' She was excited."
Brown is still learning about the Orange, and plans to do a lot of research on the school going forward. A visit during the spring or summer is possible, where he would get to learn even more about the program.
"I'm interested," Brown said. "I just want to figure out all the future schools that come talking."
Brown spends time during the offseason working with Madei Williams, who played quarterback at Syracuse from 1998-2000 before transferring to 1-AA Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. During his three years at Syracuse, he completed 51.% of his passes, threw four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Williams is a well known quarterback guru in New Jersey, working with many of the state's best signal callers. That includes Brown.
"He only told me a little about the school," Brown said. "He told me a lot of his football stories though."
Brown intends to learn more about Syracuse through Williams, who has high praise for the 6-foot-1 junior.
"Very smooth and gifted athlete," Williams said. "Who's blessed with all the tangibles and intangibles that you need in order to be a successful quarterback."
Brown also has an offer from Old Dominion, but could attract more attention during camp season.