Syracuse may not be hosting Fan Fest thanks to some unfortunately timed weather, but the Orange football staff is still playing host to several recruits beginning on Saturday. The biggest headliner is 2017 tight end Charles Reeves, but another elite TE, 2018 recruit Pat Freiermuth, is also checking out Syracuse.
Those aren’t the only two players taking the trip to Syracuse, either. David Bailey, a 2018 running back prospect from Maryland, is visiting the Orange on Saturday as well. The 6-foot-1, 225 pound back is exactly what the Orange need: a big, powerful short yardage running back. The Orange missed out on Tayon Fleet-Davis in 2017 and their 2016 power back, Jo-El Shaw, failed to qualify. Bailey would fill the same kind of roll, should he choose the Orange down the road.
But going back to tight ends, that’s a position the Orange are targeting pretty heavily moving forward. Syracuse already has 2017 prospect Aaron Hackett committed, and Reeves is one of the top players at the position in the class. Were Reeves to pick Syracuse, he’d immediately be one of the most high profile players in this year’s recruiting class.
The 6-foot-6, 230 pound Reeves is a fantastic athlete with 4.6 speed, and has a chance to eventually become an NFL tight end in the model of, for example, Martellus Bennett. He’s a potential game changer at tight end, which is something Syracuse hasn’t had in years.
Freiermuth, meanwhile, is a 6-foot-5, 230 pound prospect who is rated by ESPN as the No. 249 player in nation for the class of 2018. Freiermuth is a big-time prospect from North Andover, Massachusetts, and currently holds offers from Penn State, Maryland, Duke, Boston College, Wake Forest, and a few others. Expect that list to grow quickly, as he’s likely going to wind up a 4-star prospect.