Two days, two wide receiver commits for the Syracuse football staff. Joshua Palmer, a Canada native who is currently playing for Florida powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas, has decided that Syracuse is the place for him and is the latest pledge in the 2017 recruiting class for Dino Babers.
— Ryan Bartow (@RyanBartow) June 22, 2016
Palmer is a 6-foot-3, 185 pound receiver, and the first “outside” receiver that the Orange have landed in this cycle. So far, Syracuse has picked up commitments from slot receivers Sharod Johnson and Nykeim Johnson. The Orange only took one outside receiver in last year’s recruiting class (Devin Butler), so Palmer fills a big need moving forward.
Originally, Palmer hails from Brampton, Ontario, which probably sounds familiar since it’s the same hometown of another recent commit, linebacker Tyrell Richards. Syracuse is also heavily involved with another Canadian prospect playing his high school ball in the States: 4-star defensive back Jonathan Sutherland, who has the Orange near the top of his list. And coincidentally, Sutherland is one of two defensive backs at the top of Syracuse’s list – the other being Brian Edwards, who just transferred to…St. Thomas Aquinas.
Anyway, getting back to Palmer. He’s got terrific size, and his offer sheet is equally impressive. The Canadian pass catcher also holds offers from Michigan, Louisville, Maryland, Pitt, NC State, Illinois, Wake Forest, Temple, Northern Illinois, Bowling Green, and Fresno State, and he is rated as a 3-star prospect pretty much across the board.
Palmer’s reputation is that he’s got great hands and is a terrific, rangy athlete. He’s not blazing fast (but has very solid speed), but finds ways to get open and make plays. This is an outstanding pickup for Dino Babers and his offense, as it adds yet another weapon for the next several years, in addition to keeping a mini-pipeline going with St. Thomas Aquinas (Sam Clausman and Colin Byrne both recently came from STA), which is a school you definitely want to have in-roads with when it comes to football recruiting.
Palmer is now the sixth member of the recruiting class of 2017, joining QB Tommy DeVito, WR Sharod Johnson, DE Zach Morton, LB Tyrell Richards, and WR Nykeim Johnson. Look for the Orange to become selective with wideouts from here on out, as there’s likely only room for one more (maybe two, but don’t bet on it) to be added in this cycle.