Devin Duvernay is the 26th best player in the 2016 class overall an fourth best wide receiver. Hailing from Sachse High in Texas, he has his choice over 30 offers, many of which are from college football's blue blood programs.
But with a recent recruiting win in hand, Syracuse is not shying away from that competition. They have extended an offer to Sachse four-star cornerback Jared Mayden, and may be on the verge of doing the same with his teammate, the aforementioned Duvernay.
Syracuse reached out to Duvernay on Tuesday. It was a preliminary conversation as the staff will likely have one of the assistants, who will become his primary recruiter, reach out for a more in-depth discussion. It is like that an offer will come at that point.
Should an offer come, Duvernay told CuseNation.com he would be interested. How interested? That remains to be seen. But for now, he admitted he would give them a look. If Mayden ends up taking a visit, as he previously said he is looking to schedule, it stands to reason that Duvernay could join him considering they attend the same school.
This recruitment is different than Mayden's or even four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins', because there is not a previous relationship with Robert Washington. Duvernay did admit, however, that he has heard of and knows about Washington. That name does carry some weight, it seems.
Still, Syracuse will have a lot of work to do to catch up in this battle, but they are clearly leaving no stone unturned.
An interesting twist is Devin's brother, Donovan Duvernay. He is not as highly rated as a three-star prospect, but you wonder if they could be a package deal. Devin told CuseNation.com that they do in fact want to play together at the next level.
That could be where Syracuse gets involved, if they like and will take both. Both are 2016 prospects and Syracuse has a big need for wide receivers.
Syracuse could take as many as four this cycle. Dare the Orange dream about a haul that involves a top five player at that position?
Realistically speaking, it will be very difficult for Syracuse to become a serious player here, but you don't make any of the shots you don't take.