Philly Star Considering SU
There's no lack of options for Philadelphia wideout Je'Ron Stokes, who is rated the No. 5 wideout in the national class of 2009. Stokes currently holds 20 scholarship offers, including one from Syracuse. Syracusefan.com recently caught up with him to get his thoughts on the Orange and recruiting in general.
Stokes hasn't been to SU yet, but says he will in the near future
"Probably in the spring," Stokes said. "I'm definitely interested in their program. They play in a great conference and they have a great head coach and they're looking for playmakers right now to help turn things around, so I'm definitely interested."
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior is being recruited by SU quarterbacks coach Phil Earley. He said SU is selling him on the high quality of academics and the chance to play a lot right away.
"Coach Early is a real down to earth guy, really genuine," he said.
Playing for a team that tradition is run-heavy in its offensive approach, Stokes this past season caught 28 passes for 617 yards and seven touchdowns. He runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and is regarded as having outstanding toughness and strength. West Virginia and Oklahoma were the most recent schools to offer him.
"Probably my route running and my speed [are my greatest assets]," he said, comparing himself to Cal star DeSean Jackson and Florida phenom Percy Harvin.
Stokes has a unique situation in that he's catching passes from his brother, Malik Stokes, a sophomore who is also seeing interest from many top programs, including Syracuse. The two would like to play together in college, but it's not a lock, he said. He also said he's unconcerned with location and is willing to play anywhere.
As for what he's looking for in a school, he said: "A chance to compete for a national title, a great education, early playing time and just being able to feel comfortable off the football field."
His plan is to take a bunch of unofficial visits this spring and summer and trim his list to a top five by the beginning of his senior year. Syracuse, it seems, will be one of those visits. We'll update you when more information is available…
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