The quarterback position is one of the most scrutinized positions in all of sports. Syracuse has had a lot of activity on the recruiting front at quarterback in the last few cycles. The 2016 class is no exception.
CuseNation.com is starting a “hot board” series where we take a look at each position and where things stand for Syracuse. Quarterback is our first.
Slots Available: 1
Currently Committed: 0
2015 signees: 2
The Top Tier
Three-star Anthony Brown has been the top quarterback on Syracuse’s board ever since they offered. They love his athleticism and playmaking ability. He thought about committing during his visit for the spring game nearly two weeks ago, but was looking at a May decision. Could that get bumped up with a new offer out? It’s possible he may want to jump aboard to secure his spot.
Jamie Newman was offered on Tuesday and says he is very interested in the Orange. He cites their strong academics and that he views them as a program on the rise as two big reasons for his interest. It could be a first come, first serve situation between him and Anthony Brown.
The Next Level
Jack Brotzki is a local kid who earned an offer during the camp season last summer. He plays at CBA and his father works in the football program. He has a strong arm, is smart and certainly looks the part. Right now, it looks as if there is only one slot available at quarterback due to the late addition of Kenterius Womack in the 2015 cycle. If that changes and a second slot opens up, Brotzki is a prime candidate to take it.
Another dual threat quarterback in the mold of Brown and Newman, Josh Jackson is extremely talented. He seems to not have as much interest in Syracuse as other programs, which pushes him down the list just a bit. Syracuse seems to like both Brown and Newman better. If for some reason they miss on both, they could try to make a push for Jackson.
Other Names to Watch
Just because Syracuse has a clear pecking order does not mean they aren’t look at other options. Given the way recruiting always changes seemingly on a dime, backup plans are always a necessity. Here are some prospects without offers that could snag one if things don’t go well with the prospects above.
Steven Frank has been on the Syracuse radar for some time. The Orange have watched him throw multiple times, but still have not offered. He boasts impressive size and arm strength and has solid mobility as well. A nice all around prospect, Frank is a really strong backup option.
Jacob Hallenbeck has visited Syracuse and the staff likes him. They just like other prospects better at this time. Depending on how things go there, he could become an important target. At a minimum, he is worth monitoring for now.
Jared Gerbino is a talented dual threat quarterback from the Rochester (N.Y.) area. He has camped at Syracuse and the Orange are keeping tabs on him. He is an intriguing prospect to monitor down the road.
Todd LaRocca, like Gerbino, is a Western New York star with some solid arm talent. He has camped at Syracuse like Gerbino as well, but did not have his best performance. Expect him to return this summer.
Sharif LeGree has the size and athleticism, and is an in-state product. He is down the list of options, but could be in play depending on how the next few months turn out.