After a big weekend for the Syracuse University football staff, the recruiting class of 2016 is suddenly nearly full with just a week left until National Signing Day. With only a few spots left to fill up the class, Dino Babers and his assistants are becoming more selective with who they’re targeting, and one of the names at the top of the list is Adrian Killins.
Killins is currently a Central Florida commit, and the speedy Daytona Beach native also holds offers to Iowa State (where he visited this past weekend), Kansas, Louisville, Miami, West Virginia, and South Florida, among others. At 5-foot-9 and about 165 pounds, he’s been recruited as a running back by many schools but projects to play in the slot in the new Syracuse offense.
Killins claims a 4.31 time in the 40 on his HUDL page, and while that’s fast enough to be in the “hard to believe” range, he definitely has speed to burn. Syracuse recently wrapped up a commitment from track star Devin Butler, who runs in the mid-4.4 range, and like Butler, Killins also excels in track and field. Last year he ran a 10.55 in the 100 and holds a career best of 10.53 in the event, and won the Florida state championship in the 200 with a time of 21.05 seconds. In other words, the dude can flat out fly.
Watching his highlights, it’s abundantly clear that his speed and quickness are right around the “elite” level and were he to flip his commitment to Syracuse, he and fellow speedster Sean Riley would give the Orange a pair of very quick, very fast athletes to do a lot of damage in the slot. Like Riley, Killins shows a tremendous ability to change directions on a dime without losing any speed, and he bursts out of his cuts and accelerates past defenders with remarkable ease once he gets a little running room.
Killins earned an offer from Syracuse earlier this month, and is one of several Florida players that Babers and his staff began targeting once they got out on the recruiting trail. So far, seven recruits in the Orange’s class of 2016 are from the Sunshine State, including five recruited by Babers and his assistants (Rex Culpepper and Scoop Bradshaw being holdovers from Scott Shafer’s recruiting efforts). Killins will be checking out upstate New York this weekend, and if he were to decide Syracuse is the place for him, he’d offer another big time weapon in the Dino Babers offensive arsenal.