If Lyons Township High School sounds familiar to you, there’s a good reason. That’s the high school that produced Syracuse backup QB Zack Mahoney. This upcoming year will be the final season for Mahoney, which would make it awfully fitting for the Orange to bring in another signal caller from La Grange, Illinois – Ben Bryant, a former Wisconsin commit who made headlines earlier this year.

Bryant made headlines in a pretty unfortunate way, when he tweeted that he’d received an offer from Georgia. However, he was already committed to Wisconsin at the time, and the Badgers apparently didn’t appreciate him getting excited about the SEC offer, quickly pulling his scholarship and putting him back on the market.

Now, with an offer in hand from Syracuse, the 6-foot-3 QB who is rated as a 3-star prospect could wind up as part of the Orange class of 2018. Right now Chance Amie remains a priority for the Orange, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Syracuse target two signal callers to help build depth at the position. There are four scholarship QBs on the roster. Once Mahoney leaves, that knocks the number down to three, and it wouldn’t be a bad thing to have five guys who can sling it for ideal depth at the position – particularly given that Eric Dungey has yet to make it through a season healthy.

In addition to Georgia and Syracuse, Bryant holds offers from West Virginia, Western Michigan, Cincinnati, Temple, Bowling Green, and Central Michigan. It’ll be interesting to watch his recruitment develop, and to see if he makes his way to the Syracuse campus. If and when he does, however, the Orange couldn’t hope for a better salesman than Mahoney – a kid from Bryant’s hometown who is one of the most respected guys on the Orange roster.

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