One of Syracuse's top defensive targets in the 2017 class is Canton (Ohio) McKinley linebacker/safety Kadeem Trotter. Despite already holding an offer, Trotter decided to participate in Syracuse's camp on Sunday, and he was the best linebacker on the field.
Trotter looks the part with a long, lean frame that provides plenty of room for added weight. He has great instincts as was evident during his two interceptions during one-on-one drills, and he moves extremely well both laterally and straight-line.
"It was great," Trotter said of the camp. "The coaches really like how I did, they said. Some of the drills were new to me. Also, I got two picks during one-on-ones."
Participating in the camp gave Trotter the chance to be coached by the Orange staff. Something that could be taking place full time over the next four to five years should he pick Syracuse in his recruitment.
"They told me to play outside leverage on the running back and tight end," he said. "I never did that before, but I felt really comfortable in it. The coaches really made sure I knew what I was doing before I did it."
That type of teaching was one of the main reasons why Trotter says Syracuse leads "by far" in his recruitment. The Orange had the lead entering the weekend, but his experience on campus widened the gap.
"I loved the place," he said. "I feel like I could have a close relationship with the staff. They showed a lot of love."
Trotter is looking to make a decision before his senior season, potentially as soon as next month. In the immediate future, he has an Iowa State camp coming up the weekend of June 24th.