Now, I don’t think I need to tell you how big football is in Texas. You’ve gotten it hammered home in movies like Varsity Blues and Friday Night Lights (…and also the book and TV show of the same name). I live in Texas. I’ve seen the stadiums that get build for high school football.
Trust me when I say: yeah, those movies are accurate. High school football in Texas is every bit as big a deal as they’ve told you.
And now, it looks like Syracuse is working toward gaining a foothold in the talent-rich state, which is an area that the Orange haven’t recruited much in years past. The original thought was that when Dino Babers came on board as the head coach, we’d see a little more of a reach into the Lone Star State, given his time at Texas A&M and later Baylor.
But in year one, the Orange didn’t really look at Texas. Year two, we saw a little more action, specifically in the East Texas town of Tyler, where the Orange landed quarterback Chance Amie and linebacker Tre Allison. Now, however, with the hiring of Texas high school football coach Kirk Martin as the new QB coach, things appear to be changing.
Today, the Orange offered 2019 quarterback Jakson Thomson (pictured in the header), just the latest in a string of Texas offers – largely from the North Texas area, and Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. The Orange also recently offered Jacob Clark, a QB from Rockwall (which is also in the DFW area). Clark is a 6-foot-5 signal caller with offers from Vanderbilt, Minnesota, and TCU, among others, while Thomson is a little more under the radar, with the 6-foot-4 Lake Highlands QB holding offers from Stephen F. Austin and McNeese State.
Of course, given his numbers last season, as well as a strong performance at The Opening regional in Dallas, I’d anticipate you’ll see his profile rise.
Tre’Shone Devones is a defensive back who the Orange also offered recently, and Sincere McCormick is a RB who recently got an SU offer. Add in defensive back Stacy Brown, wide receiver Kennedy Lewis, and defensive end DeVere Levelston as offers in the 2019 class in the last week, and it’s clear that Martin is making it his mission to create a Texas-to-CNY pipeline, especially when you factor in the 2020 offers that have already gone out, too (including a couple teammates of Lewis’s at Melissa High, RB Jabray Young and QB Brendon Lewis). And that’s only the offers in the last week.
Again, I live in Texas, not too far from Dallas, so it’s certainly interesting to see Syracuse offers popping up at high schools I actually know down here. It’s also extremely exciting, because while I won’t get into whether Florida or Texas football is better, they’re both pretty damn outstanding. The Orange already have a pretty good foothold in the Sunshine State. And if they can add a steady stream of talent from Texas?
I am definitely here for that.