The Syracuse football program may have already locked up its top choice at quarterback for the class of 2017 in Tommy DeVito, but every QB needs talented receivers to throw to. The Orange have one slot receiver pledged in the 2017 class in Sharod Johnson, but Dino Babers and his staff are far from done when it comes to finding more weapons for what should become a high-powered offense.
The Orange offered a few receivers recently, including 6-foot-2, 3-star talent MJ Jarrell and 6-foot-3, 3-star prospect Jordan Pouncey. Both are big-time recruits out of Florida, with plenty of impressive offers to their names. Syracuse is looking to add dynamic playmakers to the outside receiver position, and both Jarrell (pictured above) and Pouncey certainly fit the bill.
Jarrell is an Orlando native who currently holds offers from Maryland, South Carolina, Louisville, South Florida, and Virginia Tech, among others, while Pouncey – a Winter Park native – holds offers from Alabama, Georgia, Louisville, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Central Florida, to name just a few of the many offers he’s received.
Another Sunshine State receiver who recently got an offer from the Orange is Tarique Milton, out of Bradenton. The 5-foot-10 receiver holds offers from Michigan State, Iowa State, Rutgers, Bowling Green, UCF, and Kentucky, in addition to Syracuse. At his size and with his speed and quickness, he’s presumably being viewed as a slot receiver in the Babers offense.
Moving away from Florida for a moment, the Orange also recently paid a visit to Mac Hippenhammer, a 6-foot-1, 3-star player from Indiana who holds offers from Bowling Green, Illinois, Miami (Ohio), Toledo, and a handful of others. Hippenhammer is rated by Scout as the top receiving prospect in the state of Indiana in the class of 2017 and is believed to have high interest in the Orange.
Expect Syracuse to take a fairly big class of wideouts in 2017, divided pretty evenly between outside receivers and slot guys. With Sharod Johnson in the fold, that’s one slot receiver already in the books. Count on the Orange to keep hitting the trail hard to get equally athletic and talented guys to join him in what promises to be a very receiver-friendly offense.