The wide receiver position has clearly been a priority for the Syracuse University football staff during the 2016 recruiting cycle, with well over 20 offers having been extended to talented prospects from up and down the Eastern seaboard so far. Among those is Florida native Brandon Drayton, who today released a list of his top schools. Since I’m writing about this I’m sure you can probably guess that, yes, Syracuse made the list.
— BD10 (@bdrayton10) June 10, 2015
Drayton is a 6-foot-3, 175 pound receiver who is also getting interest as a safety, and Largo High prospect claims 19 offers according to 247sports.com, including each of the schools on his list above. One thing that could give Syracuse a bit of an edge moving forward is the fact that one of Drayton’s former teammates, Cordell Hudson, is a current redshirt freshman in the Orange secondary.
Watching his film, the first thing that stands out is what a long, rangy athlete Drayton is. He’s a long striding receiver with long arms, and exhibits good body control, speed, and the ability to track the ball in the air and go get passes in traffic. As a legitimate safety prospect as well, he’s clearly not afraid of contact and in fact his highlights show a complete willingness to come up and deliver a big hit – something that will pay dividends in downfield blocking if he does in fact play wideout at the next level. He shows glimpses of becoming a legitimate deep threat as a college receiver, and right now appears to have better north/south speed that side to side quickness.
Drayton is rated as a 3-star prospect by 247 and Rivals, and is not yet rated by Scout. Syracuse is in the market for receivers and is deeply invested in Florida this cycle, and landing Drayton would be a big win for the Orange staff. Receivers with Drayton’s combination of size, speed, and length are always tantalizing prospects for offensive coordinators, and no doubt Tim Lester is thinking about the kind of damage he could potentially do with new quarterback commit (and fellow Florida native) Rex Culpepper in the years to come.