It’s still a little unclear where Eric Coley will wind up playing for Syracuse, but the class of 2017 commit is quickly making a case for himself as one of the top athletes playing football in the state of New York. In his first game for Fayetteville-Manlius, Coley scored three times to help F-M to a 35-19 win.

Coley, the son of Syracuse defensive line coach Vince Reynolds, scored on runs of 42 and 20 yards and hauled in a 42 yard touchdown pass, as well. He was named the Kickoff Classic MVP as his team took on Gates Chili in his future home, the Carrier Dome.

Among the other Syracuse commits in action over the weekend, wide receiver prospect Josh Palmer, playing this season for powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, caught an eight yard touchdown pass in a blowout victory over Miramar. Another wide receiver, Nykeim Johnson of Friendship Collegiate in Washington DC, hauled in a 60 yard touchdown on the very first play from scrimmage in a 30-6 win.

Things weren’t quite as rosy for star QB recruit Tommy DeVito’s Don Bosco, as the New Jersey signal caller and his team were shut out by Florida powerhouse American Heritage, 21-0. American Heritage features one of the most talented secondaries in America at the high school level. Among the stars for the top 10-ranked team is defensive back Patrick Surtain, who’s pretty much the consensus No. 1 cornerback prospect in the class of 2018. DeVito finished 7-of-23 for 66 yards with two interceptions.

Running back recruit Allen Stritzinger, meanwhile, scored twice in an easy 42-6 victory for his Warren De La Salle team over Canadian team Lorne Park (Ontario). Stritzinger had a 26 yard touchdown, and then on the team’s next possession, broke loose for a 53 yard touchdown run.

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