Over the past several weeks, it’s become clear that Tommy DeVito was either at, or near, the top of the Syracuse football staff’s wish list for quarterback prospects in 2017. Because of that, you know that Dino Babers and his staff have to be pretty ecstatic that the 6-foot-2 signal caller from Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey has decided that his future is in Orange.

The state champion who threw for more than 1,800 yards and 17 touchdowns last year for the powerhouse program visited the Orange twice this spring, and becomes the third player to join the class of 2017 for Syracuse thus far. Wide receiver Daewood Davis of Florida and linebacker Isaiah McDuffie, last year’s defensive player of the year in New York, are already pledged to the Orange.

Co-Offensive Coordinator and quarterbacks coach Sean Lewis was in New Jersey yesterday, including a stop by Don Bosco, which almost certainly didn’t hurt in prompting DeVito to commit. As the QB told our Justin Roe earlier this week, he was hoping to tell all of the schools he wasn’t picking by the end of this week before making his choice public. He’d mentioned wanting to do so by the end of this week, with a decision following shortly, and that’s precisely what has happened.

DeVito looks like a terrific prospect for the Babers offense, as he boasts a strong, accurate arm and is a bright kid – a must at quarterback for Dino. DeVito picked Syracuse over offers from, among others, Maryland, Wake Forest, Rutgers, Boston College, Colorado State, and Temple, and he was also getting plenty of interest from Ivy League schools – a good indicator of his mental acumen.

As Babers himself has said, while he doesn’t think it’s essential to get a lot of early commitments, he does like getting his QB early. Now that DeVito is on the board, he’s hoping to turn around and do some recruiting of his own.

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