Recruiting Ripple: Tommy DeVito

Breaking down the recruiting impact of Tommy DeVito committing to Syracuse.

Syracuse landed the first 2017 commitment in the Dino Babers era when Don Bosco quarterback Tommy DeVito pulled the trigger. His pledge will have a big impact on the rest of the class.

Regional Impact

Dino Babers has openly discussed the importance of recruiting in the Northeast since taking the head coaching job. One of the biggest states in terms of talented division one prospects is New Jersey. Don Bosco is one of the top programs in the state, and DeVito will become the third player from the prep school to join the roster in the last three years. 

He joins defensive back Daivon Ellison and linebacker Kyle Kleinberg. That only helps Syracuse as they target other 2017 and 2018 prospects at Don Bosco going forward. 

For example, three-star interior offensive lineman Liam Fornadel is on the radar. Class of 2018 defensive end Tyler Friday already holds an impressive offer list. DeVito can work on both every day should the Orange decide to make a push. 

DeVito is also a known quantity in New Jersey for his championship prowess. He will be able to talk to other New Jersey prospects to help recruit them for Syracuse. That's why getting DeVito early is so important. He shows that the new Syracuse staff can recruit in the Garden State and opens up the possibility for other recruits. 

Player such as Carter WarrenBen Petrula and Mike Tverdov for example.

The 6-foot-2 quarterback has also said he wants to commit early in order to help be on the forefront of the class, helping get other talented players to join him. That has already started as he is following top Syracuse target Brian Edwards and wide receiver commit Daewood Davis on Twitter. No doubt conversations have already taken place.

DeVito is a very important regional recruit for the Orange.

Positional Impact

Syracuse was able to snag one quarterback in 2016 in Rex CulpepperEric Dungey is entering just his sophomore season. Austin Wilson is entering his junior season. So there is some depth, but more is needed. DeVito gives Syracuse another quality arm to throw into the mix.

One who can redshirt if needed behind Dungey, and then battle with Culpepper for the starting gig in the 2019 season. DeVito would be just a sophomore in that scenario. Culpepper a junior. That would be a fun battle to watch. 

But our sources indicate Syracuse is likely done at the quarterback position with DeVito in the mix. DeVito was extremely high on their board, arguably their top option. The only way another spot opens up at quarterback is if an elite prospect such decides Syracuse is the choice.

Things can certainly change. And it is possible that down the road, a new quarterback will jump onto the radar and change the current plan. But the current plan is to move forward with DeVito as the lone quarterback in this class.

If that holds, the 2018 class would almost certainly see two quarterback come aboard.  

Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?

Expect Syracuse to continue to prioritize certain targets. Brian Edwards, Ethan WiederkehrTayon Fleet-DavisWeston BridgesC.J. HolmesJonathan Sutherland and several others remain at the top of the Orange wish list. Syracuse will continue to recruit them hard while also looking for new targets. 

An evaluation period starts on April 15th, meaning new targets will emerge and new offers should fly out all over the country.

Summer recruiting camps will take place over the summer, where Syracuse will get a chance to evaluate several prospects on the radar in person and see if any new prospects emerge. 

Final Thoughts

DeVito is a huge recruiting win for Syracuse. He gives them a quarterback they love, is from a critical recruiting area and wants to lead the class going forward in order to help the Orange bring in talent. The Syracuse staff is elated with this get and SU fans should be as well. 

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