It’s becoming abundantly clear that one area the Syracuse Orange coaching staff is looking to shore up in the recruiting class of 2016 is wide receiver, as Scott Shafer and his assistants have been handing out offers to receiver prospects like candy over the past week. The Orange have a lot of young talent at wideout, but it’s apparent the coaching staff is hoping to add significant depth at one of its most important skill positions moving forward.
Among the receivers who have recently been extended offers are Hasise Dubois, a 4-star prospect from New Jersey; Johnny Huntley, a 3-star talent from Florida; and Tyler Simmons, a talent from Georgia who is currently unrated by sites like Rivals and 247sports, but who boasts offers from the likes of Auburn, Kentucky, and Wake Forest. The Orange are also hosting New Jersey prospect Noah Ellison, a 2-star wideout currently awaiting an offer from Syracuse.
Simmons is the most recent offer, and is certainly different from many of the other receivers the Orange are going after. Smaller, and with top notch speed as a high school junior, he’s a player who can stretch the field vertically. The Orange have also already offered another similar, small-ish wide receiver in Gene Coleman II, a 6-foot deep threat from New Jersey who has already visited SU.
Take a look at the highlight package for Simmons:
Dubois, meanwhile, has prototypical wide receiver size at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds. Dubois is going to take a lot of work for the Orange coaching staff to make up some ground with, and is purportedly favoring Rutgers and Ohio State at the moment. He’s good friends with Kareem Walker, the top rated running back recruit in America, who is already a pledge for the Buckeyes. However, there’s some buzz that Dubois may be looking to stay closer to home. That, coupled with the fact that he’s trying to get to Syracuse for the spring game is an encouraging sign. The Orange aren’t out of it just yet with the talented 4-star receiver.
Check out his junior year highlight reel:
Huntley is another receiver with good size at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, and the native of Plantation, Florida holds offers from the likes of Louisville, Tennessee, Kentucky, Cincinnati, TCU, and Indiana, along with smaller schools like Florida Atlantic and Bowling Green. Huntley is a big, athletic receiver who looks to have outstanding body control, and who could do a lot of damage in the red zone at the next level.
Take a look at his junior highlights:
Wide receiver seems to be a clear area of importance for the Syracuse coaching staff, looking at all of the offers out to class of 2016 targets. In addition to the names listed here, the Orange have also offered Binjimen Victor, Donald Stewart, KJ Gray, Kolton Huber, Taysir Mack, and Kelvin Harmon, among others. Harmon is another recent offer, and the 6-foot-3, 195 pound, 3-star receiver from New Jersey holds offers from Rutgers, Temple, and Old Dominion in addition to the Orange. He’s another big receiver with a nose for the end zone, having scored 16 touchdowns a year ago:
The interesting part of the process now is to see how many receivers Shafer and his staff will take in this class, and what kind of combinations of size and speed they believe will best fit Tim Lester’s new offense.