The Syracuse University football team is putting an emphasis on versatile playmakers with the 2016 recruiting class, and the Orange added another with a commitment from hybrid Darius Stubbs. Stubbs is a 5-foot-11, 187 pound athlete who will fill one of two H-back slots in this year’s recruiting class.

Stubbs is rated as a 2-star prospect by, and also held offers from schools such asĀ Georgia State, Miami (OH), Kent State, and Troy. The quick footed hybrid from Locust Grove, Georgia is the second commit from the Peach State in this cycle, joining Will Harper.

Stubbs runs a reported time of 4.46 in the 40, and from watching his film is clearly a shifty back who excels in finding space on the edge and outrunning defenders with good breakaway speed. The position he’s being brought in to play is the one we’ll see Ervin Philips man this season, and will take advantage of his elusiveness in the open field through what I would expect to be a lot of short and intermediate throws, with the occasional carry out of the backfield.

It’s pretty widely believed that there are two hybrid spots for the class of 2016, and now that Stubbs has taken one of those slots the clear priority for the other will be North Carolina athlete Moe Neal, who is looking to make a decision toward the end of the summer. After Neal, the next player on the list would be Tre Bryant, a Missouri athlete who was recently on campus, and then Amir Tyler.

Stubbs was on campus today visiting with the coaches when he decided to pull the trigger and become the ninth member of Syracuse 2016 recruiting class. Stubbs told’s Stephen Bailey that he models himself after New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman, which may give us a hint about the kind of role he’s likely to play in Tim Lester’s offense.

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