Syracuse is on a roll. For the third time in five days, the Orange has added to their 2017 class. On Wednesday, it was in the form of 6-foot-3, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Joshua Palmer, sources tell Scout.
The three-star prospect made his decision giving Syracuse their third wide receiver this cycle and second in as many days. Nykeim Johnson committed Tuesday night.
"The facilities and the indoor field stood out to me at Syracuse," Palmer said after his visit earlier this month. "Also, they have really good educational support there, which is important.
"The coaching staff was very friendly and fun to be around too, and I really liked coach Babers and his offense. It's a really good system and I think I could do well there."
Palmer is originally from Canada, continuing Syracuse's efforts north of the border. They kick started the five day run with another Canadian in linebacker Tyrell Richards on Saturday. The two are from the same area in Canada and actually played together at St. Roch Catholic in Brampton (Ontario) prior to Palmer heading to Aquinas last season.
The talented wideout chose Syracuse over offers from Michigan, Illinois, Maryland, Louisville, NC State, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and a host of others.
What exactly is Syracuse getting in the lanky receiver? Scout breaks down his game as follows.
"Palmer, a Canadian native and lanky pass catcher out of the 2017 class, is a smooth athlete that can really track the ball through the air and get vertical in a hurry. He's not the fastest receiver in the Sunshine State, but picks up ground in a hurry and provides a large catch radius at nearly 6-foot-3, 185 pounds. Palmer is well-reserved and fairly quiet away from the field, but really let's his play speak for itself. He has an intriguing frame that should really fill out nicely as well. You'll be hearing Palmer's name quite a bit in 2016."
Palmer is ranked as the 77th best receiver in 2017, 37th best in the South and 13th best in the state of Florida. This is a big pickup for the Orange.