The Syracuse University football team has a pivotal game today, and obviously the biggest news on the recruiting trail has been 5-star tight end Chris Clark’s decision to transfer to Syracuse. But a number of Orange targets, both committed and not, were in action throughout the week, with a couple putting up some monster numbers.
As it turns out, the two most impressive performances from Syracuse targets both came from North Carolina, and the 2017 class. Priority cornerback Aapri Washington had a pair of interceptions and eight tackles in a blowout victory on Friday night, but it was what he did on offense that provided the true jaw dropping stats. Washington broke a Gaston County rushing record, piling up 401 yards on only 16 carries. If you’re bad at math, that’s a ridiculous 25 yards-per-carry. He also had four touchdowns.
Despite the decommitment from his cousin, Washington still remains high on Syracuse. His coach at Mt. Island Charter, Robert Washington, Sr., tweeted that a visit to Syracuse is in the works for Aapri.
Elsewhere in Carolina, high priority 2017 quarterback recruit Hendon Hooker put up some big numbers of his own. The 6-foot-4 junior completed 14-of-18 passes for 317 yards with six touchdowns, and rushed six times for 96 more yards and another touchdown. Hooker is on the verge of blowing up, having recently gotten interest from Florida State, among others. The fact that Syracuse has been on him for so long, as well as the possibility of being a two-sport athlete a la Donovan McNabb (Hooker is also a very good basketball player) is big for the Orange, however, as SU remains one of his favorites.
Of course it wasn’t all good news for Syracuse recruits in North Carolina. Lightning quick running back Moe Neal had his toughest game of the season, rushing 14 times for just 13 yards, adding 67 receiving yards and a touchdown on five catches as his Forestview team was soundly beaten this weekend. Still, games like that are bound to happen here and there when the opposing defense keys in on a single playmaker and works hard to take him out of the game. Neal is still close to 1,000 yards rushing this season.
Recent quarterback commit Lindsey Scott had perhaps his worst statistical game of the season, completing 7-of-15 passes for just 133 yards and a touchdown, but his Zachary High team still pulled out a 32-30 win and the senior quarterback added 56 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Speaking of pulling out victorious, 2016 wide receiver commit Sadiq Palmer played a huge role in his Red Bank Regional squad upsetting rival Red Bank Catholic. Palmer had six catches for 65 yards and added 79 rushing yards and a touchdown. Palmer iced the game for Red Bank Regional when he picked up a pair of rushing first downs that enabled his team to run out the clock, going first for 19 yards and then adding a 10 yard run to seal the win.