Syracuse’s next quarterback signee has become an interesting adventure, and little-known Jarrett Collins is the newest intrigue. Sawyer Smith verbally commits to UCF, Anthony Brown just chose BC, and a slew of others looked elsewhere. On Monday QBHitList.com tweeted that Collins would be visiting the Hill this weekend, but he doesn’t even have a scouting profile from any of the major recruiting services. It’s unknown whether he has any offers. So what do we know?
He’s a Class of ’16 recruit, and is labeled a 3-Star recruit from NCSA recruiting. He’s listed there at 6’2″ – 180, and plays for St. Raphael near Pawtucket, Rhode Island. But MaxPreps lists him smaller – 5’11” – 170 – which seems closer to his actual size.
Why is he a relative unknown? The region hurts him. Rhode Island isn’t a football or quarterbacking hot bed, so usually only the very best with eye-popping numbers get attention there. Also, he didn’t throw much last year. Only 65 attempts for 451 yards, 4 TDs and 3 INTs.
The Fizz connected with a recruiting source in the area.
“For his class, he’s probably a top 5 quarterback in the state. Definitely top 10. The area just doesn’t get a lot of attention.”
“He’s got a solid arm. Kid can sling it. His delivery is a little unorthodox. It’s almost like he’s pushing it out of his hand. But he doesn’t mind airing it out.”
“He makes some quick decisions, which is good. He needs more polish, and I’m not sure what he’ll be at the next level. But he has some tools to work with.”
“His best work is within 15 yards of the line. Downfield, sometimes his throws can float. But I think he’s definitely a player to watch this fall.”
Syracuse has gone after the known commodities, and so far that hasn’t worked. Why not try the unknown and see if there’s a diamond in the rough? Can’t hurt.