Yesterday, news came out that highly regarded class of 2017 quarterback Kasim Hill was transferring from Gilman High in Maryland, to St. John’s College High, in DC. While the chances of this having a huge impact on his overall recruitment are slim, some connections between Syracuse and St. John’s could potentially benefit the Orange in the long run.
Now, let me preface this by saying that at the end of the day, I still think Penn State, Michigan State, and Maryland look like the frontrunners to land the 4-star signal caller. Syracuse was the first program to offer Hill back when he was a freshman, and the new staff has re-affirmed that offer. He’s one of the top quarterbacks on the East Coast, and would be a massive recruiting victory.
That said – it certainly can’t hurt that there are not one or two, but four coaches on the St. John’s staff with deep Syracuse connections. In December, St. John’s made a change at head coach, and promoted its associate head coach to the full gig. That head coach? None other than Joe Casamento, the former Henninger and CBA head man who mentored the Paulus brothers and sent the likes of Lavar Lobdell, Bruce Williams, and Macky MacPherson to Syracuse University.
Speaking of Lobdell and Williams – both former Syracuse players are currently on Casamento’s staff at St. John’s. The final connection between SJCH and the Orange is Antwon Bailey, the former standout tailback for Syracuse who, by the way, went to high school at St. John’s.
So what does this all mean? Frankly, maybe nothing. But there are worse developments in the world than having one of your top targets suddenly with four Syracuse voices in his ear for his senior season.
As Mike McAllister of CuseNation.com reported, Hill will be visiting Syracuse later this month. Kudos as well to Mike for being the first to connect the dots with Casamento.