It’s never too early to look to the future for some high quality offensive talent when you’re building an offense like the one Dino Babers is hoping to put together at Syracuse University. In addition to the elite 2016 receivers like Kelvin Harmon, Dez Fitzpatrick, and Malik Harrison that the staff has offered, the Orange coaches are already planning for the 2017 class, including extending an offer today to Isaiah Robertson.
Robertson is a 6-foot-3, 190 pound receiver from Neuqua Valley High in Naperville, Illinois, and he’s already setting up to be one of the most highly sought after wide receivers in the Midwest in the 2017 recruiting cycle. Among his early offers, he’s drawing interest from Iowa, Illinois, Penn State, Wisconsin, Central Michigan, Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Miami (Ohio), and Maryland, and is getting attention from the likes of Michigan State and Notre Dame, as well.
Robertson is a 4-star talent who fits the mold of those receivers I mentioned above in being a bigger, physically gifted pass catcher rather than just being a small, quick slot-type (which Syracuse is also going after, with heavy interest in players like DeVaughn Cooper and Sean Riley). He also shows terrific hands and body control, and as his highlights show he’s very good at going up and winning jump balls, completing the catch despite plenty of contact.
He’s listed at having right around 4.6 speed, and watching his video it’s clear that he’s got good, but not elite speed – not yet, anyway. He certainly doesn’t have any trouble making big plays with his legs, but if he shaves a few tenths of a second off his time, he could really make a jump toward being a big time difference maker right out of the gate.
People who have been paying attention to what I’ve written about recruiting over the past year know that I’m a huge fan of 2016 prospect Donald Stewart, who has gotten accepted to Stanford and is most likely headed to Palo Alto, and that’s the player I’m most reminded of when watching Robertson’s film. He’s got a very similar build, and very similar strengths as a wideout. Stewart was arguably my favorite receiver prospect with Syracuse interest in the class of 2016, so you can probably guess that I’m a big fan of Robertson’s after watching his film, as well.
This is definitely a player Syracuse will be hoping to be in the running for once the 2017 recruiting cycle really kicks things into high gear.