Well, this was unexpected…but awesome. Big time wide receiver recruit Daewood Davis, a 6-foot-2 talent from Florida, has committed to the Syracuse University football team. Davis is the first commit of the 2017 recruiting cycle for the Orange, and he’s an outstanding get, to say the least. Obviously, it’s a long way to signing day 2017 and Davis has previously tried to commit to the University of Miami, so it’ll be a battle to hang onto him, but for now he gives Scott Shafer an elite talent to get started with in his next recruiting class.

Davis is 6-foot-2, 175 pounds and boasts a verified time of 4.38 seconds in the 40. He also holds offers from Duke, Indiana, NC State, Louisville, and Utah, among others. The Somerset Academy product also does hold a Miami offer, though the Hurricanes were not quite ready to take his commitment previously, and their loss appears to be Syracuse’s gain.

The thing that jumps out about Davis is obviously his combination of good height along with his elite speed, as he gives Syracuse a legitimate home run threat in the passing game. His ability to outrun defenders is something that’s been sorely lacking in the Syracuse passing game in recent years, and he could also be a valuable weapon in the kick return game.

With Syracuse seemingly done recruiting traditional wide receivers in the class of 2016, it was essential to start going after receivers in the 2017 class, particularly given how many of the team’s current WRs will be juniors and seniors by the time the 2016 class gets to campus, let alone the 2017 class. With wideout being a clear area of need for the class of 2017, things could not have started out better for Shafer and his staff.

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