The Syracuse University football staff has gotten a jump start on the 2017 recruiting cycle with commitments from Daewood Davis and Isaiah McDuffie, but Scott Shafer and his crew are still looking to reel in the biggest fish of all with offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson. The Brooklyn native is one of the most sought after prospects in America, coming in ranked as the No. 2-overall player in the ESPN 300 for the class of 2017.
The 6-foot-6, 325 pound OT from Poly Prep Country Day School has offers from virtually every program in America, including Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Ohio State, Miami, and Nebraska, but Syracuse finds itself directly in the mix thanks to a strong connection Wilson shares with offensive line coach Joe Adam.
If Syracuse were to land Wilson, it would give the program arguably its best recruit in history. The Orange have obviously brought in big time players in the past, but landing the No. 2-overall player in the country would be an entirely new level. In addition to being ranked No. 2 by ESPN, Wilson is rated as the No. 15-overall player in America by Rivals, and the No. 53-overall player by Scout. Wilson’s got a nearly perfect composite rating on 247sports, clocking in as a 5-star prospect. In other words, the dude is really, really good.
Wilson is a behemoth on the line, and shows outstanding quickness for a player of his size. Watching his highlights, he absolutely manhandles opposing defensive linemen and already looks ready to step in and start at the Division I level right now. He’s incredibly strong, particularly for his age, and has terrific agility. Not to get too far ahead of ourselves here, but right now he looks like a surefire NFL starting tackle about five or six years down the road.
Syracuse is going to have a very long, difficult battle to land Wilson, who has visited campus before. The Orange haven’t had much luck recruiting Poly Prep, most recently having lost tight end Ray Marten to Boston College. Still, making in-roads with the high school would be an enormous win, particularly if the in-roads begin with one of the biggest, most talented players Syracuse has recruited in years.