Syracuse is extremely thin at tight end heading into the 2016 season, but the Orange are hoping to change that moving forward in the Dino Babers era. The team took a good step in the right direction today, picking up a commitment from Florida tight end Aaron Hackett.

The Venice High standout picked Syracuse over offers from South Florida, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, and Wake Forest, among others. It should be noted that Hackett recently told that he does still plan on taking another visit to USF, of course, but for now the 6-foot-3, 230 pound tight end is on board with the Orange.

Last season, Hackett caught 27 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns for Venice. He’s got a nice combination of size and athleticism, and while he doesn’t necessarily have elite speed for the position, he certainly shows a nice ability to get open and make catches. He’s got nice hands and body control and will be a very good target both in the red zone and when the Orange need to pick up third down conversions.

But where Hackett could really excel is actually in the run game. Hackett is a complete tight end, and has good strength and aggressiveness when it comes to throwing blocks. He’s really a very good blocker already, and should only get better once he gets to the college level and has a chance to develop with a D1 strength and conditioning program and college coaching.

Of course, his position coaching is already pretty good. Hackett’s position coach at Venice is former Syracuse tight end Beckett Wales, which certainly played a role in the young tight end developing an early interest in the Orange.

Hackett is a very good pickup for the Orange. Syracuse will be looking to take another tight end in this cycle, with the top target being 4-star Ohio native Charles Reeves.

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