The Syracuse football staff picked up another talented defensive prospect on Sunday as outside linebacker Kadeem Trotter pledged to the Orange after competing at the team’s camp recently. Trotter is a long, rangy athlete who could potentially play safety at the college level. He’s also the second linebacker to commit to the Orange in as many days, and third commit in the last 24 hours.
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The 6-foot-3, 196 pound athlete was reportedly one of the standouts at camp, solidifying the Orange staff’s already strong interest. Trotter first received his offer back in April, and becomes the third linebacker in the Orange recruiting class of 2017, along with Tyrell Richards and Keirston Johnson. Last season, he only played in three games due to injury but shows outstanding athleticism and could be a force at the OLB position.
The Canton, Ohio native shows a nice ability to come up and play the run but based on his length and speed, where he really has a chance to stand out is in pass coverage. He put that ability on display at the Syracuse camp he recently attended, coming away with a pair of interceptions during drills. He’s also got a good frame to potentially add muscle, assuming he sticks at the linebacker position.
Trotter also holds offers from Boston College, Toledo, Bowling Green, Akron, Kent State, and Ball State, and reports a time of 4.61 in the 40. He’s generally considered one of the top athletes at the linebacker position in his home state of Ohio. He’s lucky number 13 as far as commits go in the recruiting class of 2017.
The Orange likely only have room for one more linebacker, with Nadarius Fagan remaining the most high profile target on the board, in terms of offers (Alabama, USC, LSU, among others).