One of the fastest rising prospects in New England is headed to Syracuse this weekend, and the Orange will be hoping to make a big impression on Dudley, Massachusetts native Sean McKeon. Tight end looks to be a key position in Tim Lester’s new offensive system, and the Orange are hoping that the big, athletic prospect from Shepherd Hill will decide to join the ‘Cuse as part of the class of 2016.
McKeon is a 6-foot-5, 230 pound prospect with a reported time of 4.52 in the 40, making him one of the fastest tight end prospects in America. His recruitment has blown up of late, receiving eight offers in the month of May and 17 offers overall. Most recently he received offers from Colorado State and Virginia, while Pittsburgh, UConn, Boston College, and Temple have also gotten in on his recruitment along with the Orange.
News of his visit came out yesterday, on his mother’s Twitter account:
— Charlotte McKeon (@c_mckeon2) May 27, 2015
McKeon had 19 catches for 354 yards and three touchdowns last season, though it should be noted that his high school uses a run heavy offense out of the double wing formation, so his numbers are actually quite impressive given how few targets he got over the course of the year. He accounted for more than half of his team’s receiving yards.
To be perfectly honest, the only play you’ll ever need to see to know that McKeon is a serious talent is also the very first play on his HUDL video above. In this play, he makes an acrobatic catch and then breaks three down field tackles, maintaining his feet and showing outstanding balance as he drives his legs to keep moving forward and breaking away for the touchdown.
McKeon may very well be the most athletic tight end that the Orange are recruiting this cycle, and he’s got the capability to make plays deep down the field as well as in the intermediate passes. Syracuse recently missed out on another tight end from Massachusetts in Danny Dalton, who pledged to Penn State, and Scott Shafer and his staff will be hoping to snag a commitment from McKeon as soon as they can. He’s a terrific talent who could thrive in an offense that incorporates a pass catching tight end with his type of athleticism.