This won’t come as a shock, but in order to run Dino Babers’ QB-friendly offense, you need some really talented quarterbacks. Syracuse has begun to build up a solid stable of QBs in the past year or two, but in his first full cycle as the head coach, Babers is looking to bring in a gunslinger of his own choosing. Right now, all Syracuse eyes are on Don Bosco quarterback Tommy DeVito,¬†and it looks like the Don Bosco product is getting close to making his college choice.

Syracuse moved into the 2017 recruiting cycle with a few quarterbacks at the top of the board. Jack Coan and Kasim Hill have picked Wisconsin and Maryland, respectively, but the third QB that Babers had ranked right alongside those two was DeVito, a 6-foot-2, 185 pound player who threw for nearly 1,800 yards and 17 touchdowns last year for the New Jersey powerhouse program (which also recently sent Daivon Ellison to Syracuse).

Otto’s Grove’s own Justin Roe talked to DeVito a little bit tonight, and while DeVito won’t name a list of top schools, he did indicate that he’s very close to making his college choice. According to the 3-star talent, he’s already begun letting some of the coaches who have offered a scholarship of his intentions.

“By week’s end, I hope to personally thank them all,” said DeVito, who added that he won’t list any top schools. “It’s disrespectful to all of the coaches who offered me and put time into me.”

Syracuse appears to be in a pretty good position for DeVito, and that’s in large part due to how attractive the Babers offense is to quarterbacks.

“The offense is awesome,” said DeVito. “It’s a quarterback’s dream. Coach Babers’ stats speak for themselves.”

DeVito also noted enjoying the Syracuse dorms, as well as the fans who have made him feel appreciated as a high profile, potential addition to the Orange family. He also went on to mention that the pace of the Babers offense is a bit unlike anything he’s seen before.

“I’ve never played at a pace like that the whole game,” he said. “I have of course gone hurry up. Tom Brady couldn’t tell you what it’s like to go that fast all the time. I can see it keeps the defense on its heels and we would dictate the pace of the game, which is always good.”

Among the other schools vying for DeVito’s services are Rutgers, Boston College, Wake Forest, Temple, Maryland, Bowling Green, Colorado State, and Buffalo, among others. Maryland would appear to be off the board with the commitment from Hill, and Temple just landed another Jersey QB – Kenny Pickett – this past Saturday, as well.

Whatever his final decision, DeVito has certainly handled his recruitment with genuine class, and would be a tremendous addition to the Syracuse recruiting class of 2017 if he were to choose the Orange.

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Jeff is a 2003 graduate of Syracuse University, and has been published on various websites including,,,, and, among others. His work was featured in the New York Times bestselling book You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News. He's got a wife, and a toddler he's brainwashing to love Syracuse. Jeff's a pretty great guy, overall, and would never steal your car. Follow him on Twitter: @jekelish


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