When it comes to the Dino Babers offense, everything starts with the quarterback. Syracuse appears to be in great shape for the future at the QB position, with Eric Dungey back and healthy for his sophomore year, Rex Culpepper waiting in the wings, and Elite 11 finalist Tommy DeVito already on campus.

But that doesn’t mean that Syracuse is going to stop trying to stock the cupboard with talented arms. After all, if anyone knows how quickly things can turn sideways at the QB position, it’s Syracuse fans. Thanks to an unprecedented string of injuries, the Orange have put six different QBs on the field since 2015 (Dungey, Zack Mahoney, AJ Long, Austin Wilson, Terrel Hunt, and Mitch Kimble). In other words: you can never be too loaded at the most important spot on the field.

And that’s why Chance Amie remains such a high priority for the coaching staff. The 6-foot-4, 191 pound gunslinger out of Tyler, Texas has been one of Syracuse’s top targets for awhile now, and while he was originally set to visit campus in the spring, that trip had to be scratched due to a track meet.

For now, the Orange will continue trying to get Amie – whose last day of school is this week – up to Central New York to check out the facilities and the school. Don’t be surprised if the coaching staff looks to get a commitment from the 3-star recruit as quickly as possible.

Recruiting has been on a roll so far in the 2018 cycle, and adding a dynamic athlete at quarterback like Amie would be another huge win. Right now, the chief competition seems to be Houston, which shouldn’t come as a major surprise. It’s always tough to pry a Texas kid out of Texas, particularly when a program that’s been as pass-happy and successful as the Cougars in recent years comes calling.

Amie, who threw for 1,556 yards and rushed for 1,256 more with 24 combined touchdowns last season, also boasts offers from Iowa State, Cincinnati, Virginia, Southern Miss, Rutgers, and Bowling Green, among others. ranks him as the No. 7 quarterback in Texas, and the 46th best QB overall in this cycle on a national level.

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