Two days ago ESPN announced the 12 football games the channel will air for the annual GEICO High School Football Showcase. These games show some of the best high school talent in the country and provide football fans a chance to see top high school players in action before they attend college.
Two of the games have links to Syracuse.
2015 SU commit Troy Henderson Jr. will feature on Sunday August 31 at 4pm on ESPNU. The linebacker’s St. Edward team (Ohio) will host the Gilman School (Maryland). Henderson Jr. and the rest of the St. Edward defense will be tasked with stopping Gilman’s 4-star duel-threat quarterback Kai Locksley, who is committed to Florida State.
On September 11, two New Jersey teams face off in a game that is sure to grab the attention of the Syracuse coaches. St. Peter’s Prep will host Bergen Catholic at 7pm on ESPNU. Prep’s D’won Walker (cornerback) attended SU’s spring game earlier this year and visited campus a second time in hopes of receiving an offer from the Orange. Unfortunately for Walker, cornerbacks rated ahead of him (Andrew Spence and Gerald Robinson) ended up committing to SU so he was not offered. Don Bosco (NJ) cornerback Daivon Ellison is said to be choosing between Syracuse and a few other schools in the coming weeks, and he is also rated ahead of Walker. If Ellison ends up not choosing the Orange, then Walker will surely be a contender for the third and final cornerback spot in the 2015 class.
This game has other ties to SU as well. The St. Peter’s Prep coaching staff attended a Syracuse football-coaching clinic last spring. Prep has two of the three top New Jersey recruits in 2015 so it is important that the SU coaches have a good relationship with the program. No players in the 2015 class from either New Jersey team will most likely be attending Syracuse, but these are two schools the Orange coaches have looked at in the past and will continue to look at in the future.
Posted by: Connor Morrissette