Last Friday the Syracuse football program hosted an invite-only camp for high school players. The camp allows the SU coaching staff to get a better look at players they are interested in, but not totally sold on. If a player impresses, they can be offered a scholarship on the spot. This was the case for Connecticut 2016 linebacker Koby Quansah. Players who are not as fortunate will be told of their status with the Orange later this month when the other camp sessions conclude. This gives Syracuse’s coaching staff enough time to break down the performance of every player invited, regardless of their camp date.
An important part of these camps is to further evaluate players who come from smaller high schools that do not usually produce Division I talent. In his tape, Quansah (Kingswood Oxford) definitely seems like a Division I linebacker in the making. Unfortunately, his opposition is not that strong. With his camp visit, Quansah was able to show Scott Shafer and company that he really is ACC material despite not playing in a top high school league. The only other programs to offer Quansah so far are the University of Rhode Island and Rutgers.
2015 Franklin High School (Massachusetts) linebacker Colton Cardinal also attended camp and worked out for SU’s coaching staff last week. Unlike Quansah, he has to wait to see if Syracuse will offer. Overall, however, he was fairly happy with his display:
“I didn’t run as fast as I wanted on my forty and they were honest with me about that but they said everything else was textbook for what they’re looking for.”
Syracuse uses its camps to evaluate local and under-the-radar talent. These summer sessions are the perfect opportunities for the Syracuse coaches to find out more about players they usually would overlook.
Posted by: Connor Morrissette