Not long after getting a pledge from their top target at wide receiver and their top safety target, the Syracuse coaching staff has added a commitment from its top prospect at offensive tackle, Qadir White. This is a huge recruiting victory for Dino Babers and his staff, on a couple different fronts.
— Dan Serafin (@DanSerafin) August 24, 2017
White, a 6-foot-8, 325 pounder is a major recruiting win not just because he’s considered by most to be a 4-star prospect, but also because over the years the Orange have had a little trouble breaking into New York City for recruiting. Generally, Penn State has owned that part of the state, but landing White – the top offensive tackle in New York – is a monumental step for Syracuse.
The enormous tackle from the Bronx picked Syracuse over offers from Auburn, Maryland, Penn State, Georgia, Miami, NC State, Pitt, UCLA, and Rutgers, among others. He’s the second 4-star offensive lineman to pick Syracuse this cycle, joining center Tyrone Sampson. Along with Willem Froumy and, potentially, Gabe Horan (who at 6-foot-6, 260 is currently a tight end but could easily grow into a lineman), this is a tremendous haul on the offensive line for Syracuse.
Syracuse now has 15 players committed in what is shaping up to be the best class, on paper, in years. White and Sampson, as mentioned, are already rated 4-stars and Ed Hendrix is rated by ESPN as a 4-star recruit. Meanwhile, 247’s Steve Wiltfong recently mentioned that Trill Williams could wind up being bumped to a 4-star prospect. If you’re into star ratings, this is certainly looking like one of the strongest classes for the Orange since sites like Scout, Rivals, and 247 first emerged on the scene.
Back to White: with his size and power, there’s a very realistic chance he could walk onto campus and immediately challenge for playing time. It’s generally tougher for offensive lineman to play as true freshmen, but he and Sampson both have a chance. White’s been highly coveted for a reason, and has the look of a potential NFL tackle somewhere down the road.
Point blank: this is one of the biggest recruiting victories for Syracuse in quite some time. Now let’s go celebrate with some pancakes.