One of the highest priorities in the recruiting class of 2017 for Dino Babers and the Syracuse Orange is running back Tayon Fleet-Davis. The 6-foot, 210 pound back from Maryland visited the Syracuse campus this past weekend for the spring game and came away impressed by what he saw.
“I thought the offense was very effective with its fast, high tempo,” Fleet-Davis told our Justin Roe. “I like how all of the running back were very successful in that system.”
Fleet-Davis is rated as a 3-star talent by Scout.com. In a recent interview with Scout, he relayed that the Syracuse coaching staff has told him he’s their top guy at the running back spot in this year’s class. The Orange are considered one of the favorites to land Fleet-Davis, who MaxPreps lists as having rushed for 748 yards with an average of 6.7 yards per carry last season for Potomac High. In two years on the varsity, he’s rushed for 1,104 yards with 13 touchdowns and an average of 7.0 yards per carry, per MaxPreps.
Watching Fleet-Davis, it’s easy to see why the Orange like his ability. In addition to being a good athlete, he’s also an extremely hard runner who will remind some Syracuse fans of former Orange star Delone Carter. He grinds through contact and shows terrific balance and a nice ability to stay on his feet, while keeping his legs pushing forward. With lightning quick backs like Dontae Strickland and Moe Neal already on campus, he’s similar to incoming freshman Jo-El Shaw in his ability to be a powerful runner who can move the pile.
While Syracuse is thought by some to be either at the top of his list or right near it, Fleet-Davis doesn’t appear to be close to making a commitment just yet, however.
“Not yet,” he said when asked about whether he’s ready to make a decision. “I plan on having a list after camp season.”
At this point, the Orange are both hoping and probably expecting to be on that list. His trip to Syracuse this past weekend was his second visit of the spring, and from what some sources have indicated to me, he seemed completely at ease and at home hanging out with the Syracuse players in the players’ lounge.
In addition to Fleet-Davis, the Orange are also extremely high on running backs Weston Bridges and Allen Stritzinger, among a few others. Stritzinger was also on campus this weekend, while Bridges visited Michigan State.