With the Syracuse University football team’s quarterback group looking closer to a M*A*S*H unit over the past two seasons, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Tim Lester and Scott Shafer are looking to bolster the position with as much depth and talent as possible. After all, six quarterbacks have taken snaps for the Orange since the start of the 2014 season, and when the team needed to start a walk-on in the form of Zack Mahoney against LSU, it seemed apparent that the position would remain crucial in the recruiting cycle.
Enter Zack Weatherly.
As reported by CuseNation.com’s Mike McAllister, the 6-foot-1 signal caller from Nashville got a visit from offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Lester on Thursday, though it should be noted Weatherly is already committed to Chattanooga. He also holds offers from San Diego State, Tennessee-Martin, and Appalachian State, so Syracuse would be his first Power 5 offer. Because of the chance to play in the ACC, as opposed to the Southern Conference, it’s certainly a possibility the talented QB could flip to the Orange if he winds up receiving an offer.
It seems a little strange that Weatherly doesn’t have bigger offers, to be honest, considering his lineage and the fact that his film is very, very good. Weatherly’s dad, Jim, was an All-SEC quarterback at Ole Miss before becoming a singer-songwriter, most famously having written the song “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Yes, this one:
But anyway, getting back to Jim’s son, who again, is a very talented guy in his own right. As a junior, Weatherly passed for 1,765 yards with 29 touchdowns against just three interceptions, adding 557 rushing yards and nine more scores on the ground. His 40 time is reportedly in the 4.7-4.8 range, and watching his film, it’s clear he’s a talented runner and very good all-around athlete. He’s also got a strong arm, and throws one heck of a deep ball. Here’s what our Justin Roe had to say after watching his film:
“He runs the option very well. That can turn college coaches off, but it’s also pretty clear Lester wants guys who can run the option and still have the ability to push the ball downfield.”
Between his athleticism and his ability to go deep it’s no surprise that Lester came away impressed after watching Weatherly throw on Thursday. He certainly fits the same mold as current QB Eric Dungey, as well as fellow 2016 QB recruit Rex Culpepper.
Weatherly’s recruitment will certainly be worth keeping an eye on, as it looks like he’d be a very solid addition to the class of 2016 for the Orange. He’s currently rated as a 3-star prospect and the 34th best pro-style QB in the nation by 247sports.com. He was also named the top 2016 QB at the Southern Elite Combine back in 2012.