Tampa (Fla.) Plant three-star quarterback Rex Culpepper boasts an impressive offer list, but a school that has offered recently may be pushing the hardest. Syracuse came in with an offer within the last couple of weeks and is set to host him next week.
"(I'm) very interested," Culpeper said. "They have shown me a lot of interest and they are number one."
The 6-foot-2.5 quarterback is looking to visit Syracuse next week. The visit will be his first time on campus. He is hoping to get a better feel for the vibe of the campus and the football program as well as spend some time with the coaches. Though Culpepper says he has already spoken with many of the Orange staff.
"I've spoken to all of their offensive coaches," he said. "Coach Lester I've spoken to three times last week."
Culpepper's visit will be over two days, June 9th and 10th. He will be joined by his parents, other family members, his high school coach and his teammate Scoop Bradshaw. Bradshaw is a safety prospect who picked up an offer within the last month.
Syracuse has missed on two quarterback prospects in Anthony Brown and Sawyer Smith. Brown picked Boston College and Smith tabbed UCF. But Syracuse has been recruiting other quarterbacks for some time to prepare for such a scenario.
Our sources indicate that Syracuse likes Culpepper and another quarterback target committed elsewhere just as much as Brown and Smith.
David Moore, an SMU commit, is high on Syracuse's board as well. The key for Moore is to get him on campus so Syracuse can make their pitch. It's quite clear, however, that Moore and Culpepper are the top two guys on the board right now.
Culpepper is ranked as the 74th best quarterback in the class and also holds offers from Cincinnati, Florida, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Utah and West Virginia. His father, Brad Culpepper was a defensive tackle for Florida and even played in the NFL.
After seeing him in person, Scout's Jamie Newberg had this to say about Culpepper.
"He threw several nice balls, showing his arm strength, touch and anticipation," Newberg said.