Anthony Brown has been one of the Syracuse University football coaching staff’s top targets early in the 2016 recruiting cycle, and this morning the 6-foot-2 single caller from the Garden State released his top five. Fortunately for Orange fans, Syracuse made the cut.

Brown – who trains under former Syracuse quarterback turned QB coach Madei Williams, and alongside current SU quarterback AJ Long – announced a top five of Wake Forest, Syracuse, Boston College, Northwestern, and Temple early this morning on Twitter.

It was reported by a few sites including that Brown was close to pulling the trigger on a commitment to the Orange when he visited earlier this spring, so Syracuse is clearly in outstanding position to land the St. John Vianney standout. Right now there appear to be two quarterbacks at the top of Syracuse’s wish list, the first being Brown – who is reportedly the top QB on the staff’s 2016 recruiting board – and North Carolina quarterback Jamie Newman.

Last season Brown passed for 2,144 yards with a completion percentage of 62.9%. Syracuse is thought to be either the favorite or very close to the favorite to land his services, though Wake and Northwestern in particular jump out to me as serious threats. Boston College is a school he has expressed a lot of interest in previously, but as for Temple, frankly I think it’d be a pretty major shock if he chooses the Owls.

Brown is expected to make a decision in May, and he could set off a domino effect in New Jersey in terms of commitments. He’s close with several top prospects, including running back Tyler Thompson. Brown is also close to Sadiq Palmer, who was Syracuse’s second verbal commitment in the 2016 recruiting cycle, so obviously that can only help the school’s position.

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