The Syracuse University football staff is already shifting into high gear with the recruiting class of 2016, and once again New Jersey seems to be one of the primary focuses for the Orange. This past weekend several Garden State prospects visited the Hill, including 5-foot-11 running back Tyler Thompson. Watching his film, this looks like a prospect to keep a very close eye on.

A 3-star recruit, the Ocean Township product is working on coming back from a broken leg suffered last season, but claims offers from several schools including Syracuse, Old Dominion, Boston College, Virginia, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, and Temple. Thompson rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two high school campaigns before his year-ending injury in 2014.

By all accounts, Thompson loved his trip to Syracuse, and a source who was at practice told us that he was virtually inseparable from the Orange’s top quarterback prospect, Anthony Brown. Brown, like Thompson, is also a Jersey native and high on the coaching staff’s wish list for the class of 2016.

Thompson looks like he’s got some serious talent in the video above, and while I’m far from an expert (I’ll leave that title to our own Justin Roe) I couldn’t help but be reminded of Walter Reyes when watching Thompson run. Thompson has the same sort of quick, efficient movements that Reyes possessed, though he’s obviously not as thick as Reyes was, even when the former Syracuse star was coming out of high school in Ohio.

Still, any prospect that can bring comparisons to one of the most prolific rushers in Orange history is certainly worth keeping tabs on. Syracuse is high on the list for Thompson, and it sounds like Thompson is high on the coaching staff’s list as well.


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