Washington's Pledge Will Impact 2016 & 2017

How will Robert Washington's commitment to Syracuse impact their recruiting efforts in the 2016 and 2017 classes? We have the inside scoop on key targets to watch and how his pledge impacts their recruitment.

Robert Washington’s commitment was a big win for Syracuse. It also caused fans to start to ponder how his pledge could attract other talented prospects to also commit to the Orange. Given the fact that Washington’s name carries weight, it is reasonable to consider his impact.

Maybe the most intriguing name is Dwayne Haskins, a Scout 300 four-star quarterback who is close friends with Washington. The two have discussed playing at the same school together in the past. Will something happen here? Doubtful.

Syracuse has reached out in an attempt to gauge interest, as has Washington. But fans should not be overly confident they will be able to make up ground. Haskins told CuseNation.com he has “always” been interested in Syracuse and they will likely stay in communication.

Florida, Maryland, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Virginia Tech are his top options at the moment.

Three-star defensive tackle Christian Colon is another name to watch. Syracuse recently offered, and he has a close relationship with the Washington family. In fact, he views Washington’s father as a father figure of his own.

Colon told CuseNation.com prior to Washington’s commitment that a Syracuse pledge would increase his interest. So keep an eye on him as the cycle progresses.

In the 2017 class, two prospects have ties to Washington. The first is obvious. His cousin, Aapri Washington, could wind up as one of the best defensive backs in the class. Syracuse offered prior to Robert’s commitment, but that will only enhance where they stand with Aapri.

Don’t be surprised if Syracuse makes Aapri one of their top targets in the 2017 class, with Robert and director of recruiting Eric White leading the charge. Aapri said his recruitment will be about finding the right fit for him, but he does admit Robert’s commitment is a factor.

The other interesting 2017 prospect to watch is four-star linebacker Anthony Hines. He is friends with Robert, and his dad is friends with Robert’s father. Like Washington, Hines was an early Mississippi State pledge but reopened his recruitment after receiving dozens of offers.

Could Hines wind up picking Syracuse in shocking fashion, following the footsteps of Washington? It’s not out of the question, though there is a long way to go. Look for Syracuse to try to get him on campus this summer or fall.

The other impact Washington will have is helping Syracuse recruit some of their top targets. Fellow Orange target Gene Coleman followed Washington shortly after his commitment.

A target who is looking to decide soon, three-star quarterback Anthony Brown, has also taken notice. He also immediately started following Washington on Twitter after his decision. A source says that Brown, who has a public top five, may be focusing more on three.

Syracuse, Boston College and Temple are three at the top right now. Could Washington’s commitment put the Orange over the top? Brown did admit to CuseNation.com that Washington joining Syracuse increases his interest.

”I know what he’s capable of,” Brown said.

It did not take long for Washington’s commitment to have an impact on Syracuse’s efforts. It may not be too long until it yields tangible results.

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