Syracuse quarterback commit Tommy DeVito’s meteoric rise continues. After not being ranked in the previous ESPN 300, the New Jersey signal caller soared up the rankings all the way to No. 136 in the nation. No, not at QB. That’s his overall ranking. Yes, it’s okay to get even more excited.

DeVito’s rise has been pretty unprecedented, at least as far as Syracuse recruiting goes. When Dino Babers and the Orange landed his commitment back in April, there was some muttering about him only being a 2-star recruit on most of the services. Kasim Hill and Jack Coan had been viewed by fans as the top prospects for the Orange. Hell, I’ll admit that as of early March, I’d never heard of DeVito, myself.

But if DeVito and his incredible spike in national attention is any indication, Babers has one hell of an eye for quarterback talent. The 6-foot-2 Don Bosco quarterback led his team to a championship last year but still managed to fly under the radar, until a strong spring and summer that saw him earn an invite first to the Elite 11 finals, and then The Opening.

Now, DeVito is rated by ESPN as the No. 7 quarterback prospect in the country. Assuming he doesn’t lose any ground in the ESPN 300, DeVito will be easily the highest rated QB recruit in years for Syracuse. The last time the Orange brought in a QB with this much national attention…well, that was Cecil Howard, who Tom Lemming rated as the No. 13 overall player in the nation back in 2001.

But let’s forget about that, since Howard didn’t ever work out for a variety of reasons. For now, let’s focus on the fact that the first QB recruit of the Dino Babers era is suddenly being recognized as one of the very best in the nation in the class of 2017. Here’s hoping players like Charles Reeves (who is visiting next weekend, per Scout) are paying close attention.

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