The 2017 recruiting cycle is a long way off, but it’s never too early to start thinking about some of the top football prospects on the Syracuse University staff’s board. One of those top targets is Jack Coan, a quarterback who, up until yesterday, was actually committed to Notre Dame to play lacrosse. However, Coan tweeted that he’s decided not to play lax for the Irish and will instead pursue a football scholarship instead.

Coan is a 6-foot-3, 190 pound signal caller from Sayville, New York, and already holds offers from Syracuse, Michigan, Maryland, and Miami so his star is clearly on the rise. Right now, has Coan listed as a 3-star prospect and the No. 11 quarterback in the class of 2017. His offer from the Orange came about a week ago, and the Michigan offer has also come in the last week.

Coan has been putting up big numbers early in his career for Sayville, including throwing for more than 3,400 yards and 40 touchdowns last season. He’s a true pocket passer, more in the mold of Ryan Nassib than recent recruits like Kenterius Womack and Eric Dungey, who are both very much dual threats. That’s not to say Coan can’t run the ball at all, as he shows pretty good footwork when on the move, but his bread and butter is his arm. Coan’s got great mechanics and looks to have terrific touch on his passes.

Syracuse is still in hot pursuit of a quarterback for the 2016 cycle with Anthony Brown being the top priority and David Moore a notch behind him, but it looks like the Orange have already identified an impressive field general to target for 2017.

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