Ahmed Bah’s name is one that’s been tossed around a bit over the past month as a potential wide receiver target for the Syracuse University football team, but for awhile it seemed that the Rutgers decommit was either on the back burner or the two sides had decided to move on. Then today, Bah tweeted out a picture of himself with tight ends coach Reno Ferri, who was in New York to see the 3-star receiver.
CuseNation 🍊🍊🍊 pic.twitter.com/cb8KGHiBdJ
— 23 (@Ahmedbah_23) January 21, 2016
What does that mean with regard to Bah’s recruitment? Well, at the very least it shows that he’s still on Syracuse’s radar, and wide receivers are certainly a priority position for Dino Babers and his staff. The 6-foot-4, 195 pound Bah would give Syracuse a couple things it currently lacks, if he does eventually receive an offer and chooses the Orange: size at the wide receiver position, and a presence in New York state in the 2016 recruiting class.
With the decommitment of Taylor Riggins, Syracuse doesn’t currently have any pledges from within New York, which is something that gets noticed in recruiting circles. The Orange already have the New York State Defensive Player of the Year locked up for the 2017 class in Isaiah McDuffie, but it wouldn’t be a bad thing to get a representative from the Empire State in the class of 2016. Especially one at a position of real need.
Of course considering Bah doesn’t currently have an offer or a visit to SU set up, it stands to reason that at this point he remains a bit of a backup option to players like Malik Harrison (who is expected to choose Ohio Sate), Devin Butler, Jerron Rollins, and DeVaughn Cooper. Outside of Harrison, however, those other options offer a different style than Bah.
The big, physical receiver is more of a possession type who would provide particular value in the red zone and close to the goal line, with his size and strength. Currently, the Orange only really have two receivers on the roster – Adly Enoicy and Jamal Custis – who offer that particular talent, but neither of them has really been able to get on the field so far in their careers. Bah is by no means “slow” but he’s also not a burner, and isn’t particularly explosive either before or after the catch when it comes to his quickness and elusiveness. What he does have are solid hands and, again, excellent size for the position, and could make some of those tough catches on passes of, say, 5-15 yards when the Orange are looking to pick up a first down.
Bah is an intriguing prospect, and a player to keep an eye on. After all, not only is it nice to keep New York talent in state, but it’s also nice to pluck a kid from Rutgers (which is still a legitimate option for Bah despite his decommitment) in the process.