Last week, 4-star linebacker from Ohio Anthony McKee tweeted out a list of his top ten choices. Along with Syracuse, McKee listed Michigan State, Oklahoma and Wisconsin as top 10 schools. While those may look like more attractive schools, Syracuse is certainly not at the bottom of McKee’s list:
“They would be in my top 5 right now. If I can get up there soon, maybe they move into my top 3.”
As for what kind of chance Syracuse has against schools like Michigan State, Oklahoma and Wisconsin who have had a lot of success, McKee says he wants to be able to make an impact right away. Still in a major conference, Syracuse may give McKee a better shot at hitting the field early compared to Oklahoma or Michigan State.
So how did Syracuse end up on the list?
“I added them to my top 10 because to me it was a big offer. It was an unexpected offer. I had been hearing good things about Syracuse.”
McKee seems to be giving Syracuse a legit shot, even though it may look like an underdog on paper against some of his other top 10 schools. McKee said he originally wanted to be able to make a commitment before the end of the summer, but he has been unable to get to every school in his top 10. He added that he likely will not make a decision without visiting all 10 schools.
One last thing that may play to Syracuse’s favor was his response when asked about being from Ohio and maybe wanting to stay closer to home. McKee said he definitely wants to get out of Columbus, evident by his not putting Ohio State in his top 10. He also said he has heard nothing but good things about Syracuse.
McKee would be a big get for the Orange. In a 2015 class that is considered top 30 by Rivals and 247sports, McKee would be a 4-star addition, something the strong SU class does not have. Coming out of Columbus, Ohio, McKee is the 20th-ranked outside linebacker in the country and 12th-best player in the state of Ohio. Also, unlike some other recruits, there is no doubt McKee is a 4-star recruit, given the same grade by both ESPN and 247sports.
Posted by: Seth Goldberg