If there’s anything Syracuse football fans have learned in recent years, it’s that you can never have enough quarterback depth. Over the past few seasons, injuries have piled up at the position, and while on paper the Orange appear to be pretty well stocked with Eric Dungey, Zack Mahoney, Rex Culpepper, and Tommy DeVito next year, it’s important to remember that anything can happen.
That’s proven especially true with Dungey, the talented signal caller who has yet to play more than eight games in a season, and always feels like he’s one hit away from his season (or, god forbid, his career) being over, due to the fearlessness with which he plays the game.
With that in mind, it’s obviously essential for Syracuse to continue stockpiling talent for the position that is almost certainly the most important in the Dino Babers offense. So while the Orange prepare to see what Rex Culpepper – the former 3-star talent from Florida, who’s got NFL pedigree and held offers from a number of powerhouse programs – can do in the spring, and the hype around Elite 11 finalist and Under Armour All-American Tommy DeVito continues to rise, it’s still important to keep looking for more talent and depth.
Mike McAllister broke down three quarterbacks who just recently received offers from Syracuse this week (Cameron Rising, Tanner Mordecai, and Chance Amie) over at CuseNation.com this morning. Here are a few other names you should definitely be keeping an eye on moving forward:
Devin Leary (Sicklerville, NJ)
The 2016 Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year put up monster numbers for Timber Creek this season, and Syracuse was one of the Power 5 programs to get in on him early. He’s got offers from Rutgers, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and a host of others. Right now, the Orange appear to be in solid shape with this prolific passer who will be among the most coveted QBs in the northeast in the 2018 recruiting cycle. For what it’s worth: Leary’s the quarterback I’m most intrigued by on Syracuse’s list of targets.
Joe Milton (Orlando, FL)
Of the quarterbacks I’m listing here, Joe Milton is the most “raw” in terms of mechanics and actually playing the QB position. But the 6-foot-5, 215 pounder from Florida is a fantastic athlete who, while his numbers last season weren’t on the same level as Leary’s, for example, just oozes talent. The Syracuse staff is extremely high on Milton, who also holds offers from Miami (Fla.), South Carolina, Minnesota, South Florida, and Arizona, among others. His size and athleticism make him a very, very intriguing prospect.
Quincy Patterson (Chicago, IL)
Syracuse did alright with another big, athletic quarterback from Chicago once, or so I’m told. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Patterson is already physically ready to compete at the next level. He’s got an impressive list of offers, including Illinois, Penn State, Northwestern, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, and Virginia, among others. He’s not going to blow people away with his athleticism but he’s definitely plenty mobile, and is a big, strong kid in the pocket. If you need to know about how strong and tough he is, it’s worth noting he plays middle linebacker, as well.
Kevin Doyle (Malvern, PA)
Among the QBs in the northeast that Syracuse seems to be in pretty good shape with, Kevin Doyle may be at the top of the list. The Malvern Prep standout visited campus as recently as October, and hails from the same high school program that sent Ryan Nassib to Central New York. At 6-foot-4, he’s got good size, and he’s already got a long list of impressive offers. Michigan State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Boston College, and Pittsburgh are among the schools competing for Doyle’s services.
No doubt more names will emerge, as quarterback will continue to be an important position for this staff going forward. Considering Dino’s reputation for putting up huge offensive numbers at the position, there’s a strong chance Syracuse is going to be well stocked at QB in the years to come. Tommy DeVito was a great first addition under Babers. You can expect at least one more name to be added to the mix out of the class of 2018.