Syracuse is scouring the country for talented prospects to add to their 2018 class. They have expanded their recruiting reach with offers in Texas, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri and Nevada among other states. The Orange is now dipping their toes into Alabama, a state that frequently has ACC caliber talent not pursued by the SEC powers.
One of the more versatile prospects in the 2018 cycle in the state is Birmingham (Ala.) Vestavia Hills athlete Jonathan Hess. Hess is up to 220 pounds and could play safety or linebacker at the next level. Syracuse has likely offered more as a linebacker. With some added weight to his frame, defensive end is not out of the question either.
Regardless of position, Hess has the athleticism and versatility that Syracuse covets.
"Coach (J.B.) Gerald (offered me) and I spoke to with the d-coordinator (Brian Ward)," he said. "They said I could come in and get a lot of playing time. They said they loved my film and great athleticism."
Syracuse just initiated contact with Hess on Wednesday. An offer was extended on Thursday.
Because of the limited time in communication, Hess is still learning about the school and the program. He does, however, know one important part of Syracuse's history.
"I do not know very much about (Syracuse)," Hess said. "I know Jim Brown went to Syracuse (though)."
No question that is a good start to the history and tradition of Syracuse football. Expect him to learn more in the near future, however, as Hess says he and his family are trying to find time to take an unofficial visit.
Syracuse is the first power five offer for the 6-foot-5 athlete, and that holds a lot of weight. Other such programs are expressing interest, however, including Mississippi State and Louisville.
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