Syracuse’s long term depth at running back is very strong, and it may continue to flourish. You may be able to count running back Ish Witter in the SU backfield in the future. With uncertainty at the quarterback position it’s never a bad thing to have the backfield stocked, and the Class of ’14 Witter lists Syracuse high on his list according to Scout.com. Looks like SU is in his top 5. The Orange have a mutual interest in the running back from Alonso High School in Tampa. Witter is only 5’8” and 180 lbs, but has plenty of talent.
Witter’s quick feet allow him to break tackles and spin his way out of trouble. He has the ability to completely fake out defenders to get into open field and to break free. He ran a 4.56 40, and Rivals has him ranked as #51 at his position in the nation. He is a three-star recruit and has received offers from Missouri and Rutgers. He also has interest from Marshall, UMass, Ohio, Tulane, and Western Kentucky. He has interest in hometown South Florida, and has made it clear that he would consider playing close to home.
He has interest in other ACC schools such as B.C. and Duke, but Syracuse is the only one he has received an offer from. Since Witter lacks size, his power makes up for it. He can run laterally, going to the sidelines. But he also has the lower body strength to take on defenders.
It is unknown where he is in the decision process, but quarterbacks coach Tim Lester is the man looking at him. He also has his eyes on two other Tampa players in Tajee Fullwood and Amani Oruwariye. Lester was able to get a commitment from linebacker Colton Moskal. He may be able to add another running back to that already strong depth chart.
Posted: Austin Pollack