Robert Washington is dominating the Syracuse football headlines. The 4-star North Carolina running back plans to make his collegiate decision on Saturday and the Orange is in the race to land him.
The restore 44 debate has resurfaced these last couple of weeks. Many fans want to un-retire the historic number so Washington can wear it. The Post Standard has been updating fans on Washington’s recruitment every few days. He’s the talk of the town.
There’s a second highly touted player SU has been recruiting though, and he’s not getting the same attention that Washington has received. He also has a much better chance of signing a Letter of Intent to play at Syracuse. This player is 3-star New Jersey quarterback Anthony Brown.
The 3-star label is not as sexy as the 4-star one, but like Washington, Brown would be a significant addition to SU’s recruiting class. He’s a 6’2’’ dual threat QB who’s getting looks from Notre Dame and Ohio State. He can play.
The New Jersey connection makes him more likely to land at SU. Wide receivers coach Bobby Acosta recruits the state well. He was a major factor behind running back Dontae Strickland, defensive lineman Jake Picard and cornerback Daivon Ellison coming to Syracuse from the Garden State in 2015. New Director of Football Operations Drew Robinson also has ties to New Jersey.
In addition to all of this Brown is good friends with 2016 wide receiving commit Sadiq Palmer.
Washington might have narrowed down a list of six schools with SU being one of them, but it’s tough to make a case for the Orange because of his other offers and lack of ties to the school. It’s much easier to do so with Brown, who has also put out a list with SU on it. He’s a more realistic big name target.
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Posted: Connor Morrissette