After rapidly ascending the Syracuse University football staff’s quarterback recruiting board, Rex Culpepper has decided to take the leap and join the Orange as the fourth commit of the 2016 recruiting cycle. Culpepper joins offensive lineman Cam DeGeorge, wide receiver Sadiq Palmer, and running back Robert Washington as the first four members of this year’s class.
The 6-foot-3 signal caller from Plant High has an NFL pedigree as the son of former defensive lineman Brad Culpepper, and will get to Syracuse more physically ready than many young quarterbacks with a frame that’s currently supporting about 220 pounds. The strong armed QB is mostly a pocket passer but has shown some solid agility in the pocket and the ability to make plays with his feet both on called runs and scrambles.
Culpepper is rated as a 3-star prospect, and boasted an impressive and lengthy offer sheet. Among the schools to offer him a slot were Ohio State, Florida, Stanford, Clemson, Miami, NC State, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Virginia, Utah, South Florida, and Cincinnati.
The Sunshine State signal caller visited campus with his parents (in addition to having a former NFLer as a dad, his mother Monica is a two-time Survivor cast member – Brad also competed on the Blood vs. Water season) as well as teammate Scoop Bradshaw, a defensive back who also holds an offer from the Orange. The momentum certainly seemed to be in Syracuse’s favor over the past week, and the trip to update New York to tour campus and meet with the coaches sealed the deal and gave the Orange a high profile addition to this year’s recruiting class.
This is a busy week for Syracuse from a recruiting standpoint, with numerous visitors having already been to campus and even more expected to check things out up on the Hill. Culpepper’s commitment could be just the first of a few pledges this week.