Much has been made about the status of the wide receiver position in the 2016 class for the Syracuse football Orange. They received an early commitment from three-star Sadiq Palmer, but seemed to be in on several others. However, as the cycle progressed, the plan changed and they appeared to be done at the position.
Enter the uber-talented Donald Stewart, who has remained in constant communication with Syracuse despite the potential lack of a slot for wide receivers left in 2016. In fact, he and head coach Scott Shafer have been in touch recently. His primary recruiter, Bobby Acosta, has helped maintain that relationship between the two sides.
Stewart tells CuseNation.com that Syracuse remains a school of high interest, though he has not cut his list yet. While Stewart says he has no favorites, there are two schools that have received a lot of hype surrounding his recruitment in Michigan and Stanford. But are both legitimate options at this point? The Wolverines seem to be filling up at wide receiver and may not have room, though that is to be determined. Stanford, who Stewart called a dream offer, has extremely high academic standards and many are unable to qualify there.
There was a receiver just a few years ago who ended up at Syracuse after failing to be admitted into Stanford despite a verbal commitment. That was Jarrod West. Stewart would be more highly acclaimed than West coming out of high school and Stewart has not committed as of yet. That leaves Syracuse as a legitimate option going forward in his recruitment.
Stewart also indicated he is trying to set up an official visit for the fall, a signal that his interest is real. At nearly 6-foot-4, 185-pounds, Stewart seems to be a perfect fit for what Syracuse looks for at wide receiver. The staff loves his talent and you have to think that if he wants to jump in, Syracuse will do what they have to in order to make sure there is a slot available. Even if that means taking one less player at another position. Say defensive back for example.
It also shows that coach Acosta and Syracuse continue to make strong efforts in New Jersey. The addition of Stewart would give Syracuse two receivers with size and two from the Garden State.
Stewart has already visited the campus once, doing so back in March. He had several members of his family on the trip with him and it heightened his interest in the Orange.
”This was the first trip that we all went together, all six of us,” Stewart said at the time. “So that shows that we’re definitely interest in the school. My dad was saying that he could really see me playing at a school like that because they play against the best competition being in the ACC.
Expect Stewart to take his time a bit with the decision. Official visits will likely tell the tale on where he ultimately ends up. But Syracuse getting one of those visits is only a good thing.