Florida has big time talent every single recruiting cycle. One school that seems to always have loads of it all over their roster is Booker T Washington High School. The class of 2017 is no exception.
Sharod Johnson is new to the school, having transferred in from Miami Jackson. Despite that, landing a player at a powerhouse school is never a bad thing. It may even help Syracuse recruit other players from Booker. One player to keep an eye on is Temple commit Willa Pierre.
Pierre is a three-star interior offensive lineman who does not have a Syracuse offer, but he could be someone they look to flip down the road depending on how the rest of the cycle plays out.
In the 2018 class, keep an eye on linebacker Jaquan Beaver and defensive tackle Quinton Brooks.
Throughout the rest of the state, Syracuse will remain very active. Having someone like Johnson who can talk to those guys and help the Orange's efforts only helps their cause.
Syracuse did a great job filling up the 2016 class with Sunshine State products. Johnson gets them off to a nice start in 2017, where they will look to add several more when all is said and done.
Wide receiver is one of the most important positions for Syracuse in the 2017 class. An influx of speed, talent and playmaking ability is desperately needed. Syracuse now has two players that fit that mold in Daewood Davis and now Sharod Johnson.
Johnson will be a slot receiver in the Syracuse offense, and can provide the home run threat from the position. Johnson plays bigger than his 5-foot-10 inch frame, and is elusive with quick cuts and breakaway speed.
Now Syracuse can be a little more picky with receivers in the rest of the class. They could take up to four this cycle, but may only take three if they do not find four they love. Davis and Johnson are two that they love. Locking them up early is very important.
With the 2016 signings and verbal pledges in 2017, the staff is making a concerted effort to add athleticism and speed to their receivers. So far so good.
Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?
Expect Syracuse to continue to prioritize certain targets. Brian Edwards, Ethan Wiederkehr, Tayon Fleet-Davis, Weston Bridges, C.J. Holmes, Jonathan 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.
Several top targets could decide over the summer, including the aforementioned Sutherland, a four-star cornerback prospect. Syracuse continues to recruit him hard and remains in constant contact.
An evaluation period has already begun, meaning new targets will emerge and new offers are already flying 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.
Snagging a player like Johnson, who is under the radar for now, shows that the staff is able to find players they like and make a big impression even without a visit. It also includes Syracuse dipping into talent-rich states and powerhouse programs.
That should be encouraging to Syracuse fans.