This weekend most of the attention is being paid to the Syracuse University football recruiting class of 2016, with Scott Shafer and his staff hosting the program’s first camp of the summer and then bringing highly touted quarterback Rex Culpepper to campus on Tuesday. However, there’s another highly regarded signal caller making a trip to Syracuse today in Baltimore native Kasim Hill.
Hill, a 6-foot-3 passer from Gilman High, tweeted earlier today that he’s going to be in Syracuse to check out the campus.
on the way to syracuse now 😎🍊#CuseTwitterArmy
— Kasim Hill (@Khillqb11) June 6, 2015
This won’t be his first trip to the Hill, however, as the rising junior actually earned his scholarship offer from Shafer after competing at one of the program’s camps a couple years ago, before he’d ever played a snap of high school football. That’s how highly the staff views Hill’s talent level.
Watching his highlights, it’s pretty clear why the staff is so high on the Maryland quarterback. Hill’s got terrific size already at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, and he’s got the makings of a natural passer. He displays strong presence in the pocket and delivers on target passes to his receivers, while also showing good zip and touch in equal measure. His delivery looks smooth, and in his highlights one of the things that stands out is his accuracy, with an ability to lead targets and put his receivers in a good position to make the catch. The other thing that jumps out is his ability to move around in the pocket and throw on the run. The majority of the passes in his sophomore highlight reel come either on rollout plays or when he’s been forced to move around in the pocket, and even when he’s on the move or taking a hit he delivers the ball confidently and on target.
Hill also displays better than average running capability, with his strength allowing him to shrug off some tackles while his agility allows him to make some moves for extra yards. Hill looks to be more of a pocket passer than a true dual threat, but that’s absolutely not to say he can’t run. Quite the contrary, he runs the ball very well – he just also happens to throw it even better. Hill is a big time prospect who could easily become one of the most coveted QB recruits in the class of 2017 when it’s all said and done.
It’s clear that Syracuse isn’t the only program to take notice of his ability. Hill – rated as a 3-star recruit by Rivals and 247sports (though he’s a 4-star in 247’s composite rating system) – has offers from Penn State, Michigan State, Virginia, and Boston College. However, Syracuse was his very first offer, and clearly getting on the talented gunslinger so early has kept them a strong possibility for his services.
Syracuse looks to be in very good position with the quarterback position in the class of 2017, with several highly regarded prospects showing strong interest in the Orange. In addition to Hill, the Orange are also currently in good shape with Long Island native Jack Coan and North Carolina’s Hendon Hooker. Syracuse would almost certainly be happy with any of the three, with Hill and Coan probably getting a slight edge on the recruiting board at the moment.