We’re still wrapping up the 2016 recruiting cycle, but it’s never too early to look ahead to the 2017 cycle, especially when it comes to a position like quarterback. The Syracuse University football team is very young, and very thin at the position, so it’s likely to remain a key focal point for Dino Babers and his staff as they move into the next cycle. Two potential targets with interest in the Orange are already making names for themselves.
Hendon Hooker and Jack Coan both recently participated in the US Army National Combine in San Antonio, and both had standout performances. The website 247Sports actually named Hooker, a 6-foot-4 signal caller from North Carolina, as the top quarterback at the combine, while both he and Coan were named First Team All-Combine.
Both players received offers from Syracuse under the Scott Shafer regime, and while it remains unclear whether one or both will become targets for this new staff, chances are pretty good considering they’re two of the top signal callers in the class of 2017 and both have previously indicated interest in SU. Hooker has offers from Clemson, NC State, and West Virginia in addition to his interest in the Orange.
Coan, on the other hand, is also a lacrosse star and was originally committed to Notre Dame to play that sport, but backed off of his pledge when he started to emerge as an elite quarterback prospect. The 6-foot-3 native of Sayville, New York has offers from Boston College, Maryland, and Miami, but right now it looks like Michigan may wind up being the team to beat. He’s been high on the Wolverines for awhile now, but has indicated interest in the Orange since the Dino Babers hire.
Coan was recently named the New York State Class A Co-Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 3,117 yards with 38 touchdowns against seven interceptions. Hooker, meanwhile, is another two-sport star and is garnering interest from college basketball teams as well as on the gridiron. The athletic quarterback threw for 2,234 yards with 17 touchdowns against eight interceptions, and added 1,217 rushing yards and 15 more scores on the ground.