Syracuse is already well on its way to filling the 2017 football recruiting class, including commitments from linebackers Tyrell Richards, Kadeem Trotter, and Keirston Johnson. But the Orange are still in hot pursuit of one other linebacker with the highest national profile of the bunch: Nadarius Fagan.
Fagan is a 6-foot-2, 200 pound outside linebacker and is arguably the top defensive player remaining on Syracuse’s recruiting board (alongside defensive end Jordan Wright). He may even be the top remaining target overall, considering his offer sheet. In addition to Syracuse, Fagan also holds offers from the likes of LSU, Alabama, Nebraska, and USC, among others.
The Miami Southridge product is a hot commodity, in other words. Watching his film, it’s easy to see why. Fagan is a long, terrific athlete who reports a time of 4.55 seconds in the 40, and he certainly gets upfield in a hurry in his highlights. He’s got an excellent burst that makes him a menace in the offensive backfield for both the quarterback, and when it comes to blowing up running plays.
Fagan visited the Syracuse campus in June and that visit reportedly shot the Orange toward the top of his list, and the general belief is that a decision could be coming soon. Reading the tea leaves in some recent Twitter activity (in this case, this means paying attention to who’s been tagged in recent articles pushed by 247Sports about Fagan), Syracuse and LSU appear to be the top two choices for the extremely talented linebacker.
If the Orange land Fagan, he’ll likely be the last linebacker taken this cycle. The Orange currently have defensive commits from DE Zach Morton, DB Ifeatu Melifonwu, and athlete (and probable DB) Eric Coley, in addition to the three aforementioned linebackers. Fagan would absolutely be one of the gems of the 2017 recruiting class for the Orange, should they snag him.