It may be the first day of fall camp for the Syracuse football team, but recruiting never stops. Syracuse hosted Canadian offensive lineman Patrick Davis on Saturday, and the talented prospect from Quebec decided to pledge to the Orange during that visit. Davis is the second offensive lineman to commit to Syracuse in 2017, following Dakota Davis.
At 6-foot-5, 290 pounds, Davis (seriously – what is it with recruiting guys with the same names at the same positions this cycle? Two Johnsons at slot receiver, and now two guys named Davis on the offensive line) camped at Syracuse earlier this summer. He was by all accounts a standout, and shined at other camps as well. Back in June, he attended camp at Rutgers, and NJ.com’s Todderick Hunt had this to say about his performance:
SR. OL Patrick Davis out of Champlain College in Canada. 6-5, 297. Best OL incamp. Offer worthy. pic.twitter.com/YdfazuSFK8
— Todderick Hunt (@TodderickHunt) June 18, 2016
Right now, Davis also holds offers from Buffalo and North Dakota State, with continued high interest from Rutgers. Obviously, it’s harder to judge a player based on his offers when he’s from north of the border, since virtually the only time he’s going to get seen by American coaches is at camps. Davis is a versatile and powerful lineman, who could play either guard or tackle at the next level.
So what does this mean for offensive line recruiting for the remainder of this cycle? Well, given his ability to play on the interior of the line, it may signal the end of Syracuse’s recruitment of Kendrick Green, since there simply may no longer be room in the class for another interior lineman. Syracuse will still actively pursue Tyran Hunt, though. Hunt is purely a tackle. If he were to choose the Orange, he’d be the only “pure” tackle in the class.
By the way, Davis is now the third Canadian in this year’s class, joining Tyrell Richards and Joshua Palmer. Both Richards, a linebacker, and Palmer, a wide receiver playing at St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida this season, are from Ontario.