Tampa (Fla.) Plant High is home to some of the top high school talent in the country. Syracuse has already dipped into the school to snag two prized prospects in quarterback Rex Culpepper and defensive back Scoop Bradshaw. Both are 2016 prospects.
But Syracuse is not closing the door on the school as they look towards arguably their top junior in four-star wide receiver Juwan Burgess who was recently named to the 2017 Scout 300.
The Orange has not shied away from top talent in 2017, offering several of the top 300 prospects in the country. Burgess is the latest example. He already holds offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, UCLA, Virginia Tech and others.
But Syracuse has two of his teammates already committed, which could give them a fighting chance.
”I’m very interested,” Burgess said. “Mainly because it’s a nice school and the weather. (I’ve) never really been in snow and stuff so it would be nice.”
Burgess’ quarterback, the aforementioned Syracuse pledge Rex Culpepper, is going to help their efforts in recruiting one of the top wideouts in the country.
”It’s definitely exciting,” Culpepper said. “If our relationship keeps growing, ‘Cuse becomes more and more probable for him.”
Burgess is highly rated, has an elite offer list and has impressive film. But for Culpepper, his talent goes beyond all of that.
”In breakdown situations, while I’m scrambling, he’s that guy that just knows where I want him to go and ends up there to make big plays,” Culpepper said.
Having that connection on The Hill would certainly create a buzz amongst Syracuse fans. It will be a difficult recruitment to win, no doubt. Especially with the three big in-state schools hot on his trail.
But as Syracuse looks to take that next step, they will continue to enter these types of recruiting battles with the hopes of winning some of them. With Burgess, it starts with a visit.
Culpepper says he is planning on taking at least one trip up to Central New York to watch the Orange in action this fall. He plans on bringing both Burgess and fellow ‘Cuse commit Scoop Bradshaw with him. That will allow Culpepper and Bradshaw some time to promote their school as an option for Burgess.