Can Syracuse hit the Trifecta?
Last recruiting season, Syracuse landed commitments from two outstanding prospects from Wicomico (Md.) High in lineman Josh White and explosive running back Jamere Know. But the biggest prize from that recruitment could come in the form of Wayne Warren.
Warren, a gifted 6-foot-1, 205-pound dual thread quarterback from that same high school on Maryland's Eastern Shore, has Syracuse among the few schools he's seriously considering along with Auburn, Stanford and Rutgers, all of whom have offered -- Wicomico coach Dave Nettles said.
"They've got an ace in the hole in Josh White being there, that's a good draw," Nettles said of SU.
Warren is a big-time playmaker who clocks in at a 4.55-second 40-yard dash and can throw the ball 65 or 70 yards. Syracuse is looking at him as an athlete-quarterback, while most of the others see him behind center.
"He's a dual threat, he can throw and he can run," Nettles said of Warren, who led his team to the 2A state finals while passing for 984 yards, 17 touchdowns and three interceptions on 52-of-105 passing, picking up 19 yards per completion. His numbers are misleading, though, because Know was gobbling up so many carries and yards.
In Wicomico's season opener last weekend, Warren completed four of six passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, ran for 48 yards and a touchdown and returned an interception 61 yards for another score.
"He put on a show," said Nettles, adding that Warren will be visiting SU for a game soon, and will follow that trip with an official visit to Syracuse. He recently visited Rutgers and also likes Stanford quite a bit, but long distance and strict admissions – he has a 3.7 GPA but is working on his SAT score – are playing against the Cardinal. Auburn might be the toughest competition for SU in this one.
Warren's family would like to see him stay within driving distance for college, though Nettles pointed out that Warren is a free spirit and will go wherever his heart leads him. The next month or so should determine whether Syracuse is that place.
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