Brown Picks BC, What's Next for Syracuse?

What's next for Syracuse at the quarterback position with Anthony Brown choosing Boston College?

Anthony Brown was considered the top target on Syracuse's quarterback board throughout the 2016 cycle. On Friday, he chose Boston College, much to the chagrin of the Orange coaches. That said, there are talented options available, including a couple they like as much, if not more, than Brown.

David Moore has been committed to SMU for for over a month and says he is solid in his decision. Syracuse offered after his commitment and has been in hot pursuit ever since. Moore has indicated that Syracuse is the only other school he will seriously consider.

A visit has not been set up yet, but he could take a trip before the summer is out. It wouldn't be a surprise if the visit was kept quiet, however, because of his SMU pledge.

Tim Lester was in touch with Moore as recently as Wednesday, reiterating their strong interest and desire for him to visit. Tight ends coach Jake Moreland was in touch on Thursday and told him that they want him bad.

Sawyer Smith is a former Alabama baseball commit who has decided his future is on the football field. Mississippi State seems to be the biggest competition for Syracuse.

Smith is thought of very highly by coach Lester because of his ability to make plays with his legs and his arm. Syracuse has been down to see him throw during the evaluation period and has remained in constant contact.

They hope to get him on campus for a visit this summer.

Jack Brotzki is an interesting option. Syracuse has offered, he's a local talent, and his father works within the football program. All of those things seem to make the Orange a heavy favorite.

That said, he is more of a traditional pocket passer rather than a dual threat and Syracuse may want someone who can make plays with his feet.

Brotzki can flat out sling it, however, and may have the best arm talent of any of the quarterbacks on Syracuse's board. Should they miss on Moore and Smith, Brotzki seems to be the logical choice to fill their one quarterback slot this cycle.

Jacob Hallenbeck is a prospect from Connecticut, which Syracuse has recruited well over the past two cycles. He visited Syracuse this spring and holds a North Carolina offer.

Hallenbeck was told that if Syracuse missed on their other targets, he would pick up an offer. So if the Orange miss on Moore and Smith, they could pursue the 6-foot-3 signal caller.

Jared Gerbino is a prospect from Rochester (N.Y.) who will likely camp this summer. Syracuse is aware of him, and he has ideal size. He is also a dual threat, which makes him a solid fit.

He is still a backup plan, but someone worth monitoring.

Sharif LeGree is from Brooklyn (N.Y.) and is on the Syracuse radar. They visited during the evaluation period and could decide to make a push depending on how things go with their other targets.

Expect Syracuse to continue to stay in touch, and he could potentially camp with the Orange this summer.

Todd LaRocca camped last summer at Syracuse and will do so again this summer. He has a very strong arm but struggles with consistent accuracy at times.

Also a Rochester (N.Y.) product, LaRocca could become an intriguing prospect down the road if he has a strong senior season.


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