Chance Amie left and it didn’t take long for Syracuse to fill the vacant backup quarterback spot. Class of 2019 pro-style QB David Summers has flipped his commitment from Maryland to Syracuse.
This news broke Sunday according to multiple reports, including Summers private trainer. The Connecticut native went on an official visit to Syracuse over the weekend and presumably made his decision then. This coming after reports that several members of the SU coaching staff went to recruit him at St Joseph’s High School in Trumbull, CT.
Summers leaves a Maryland program, the week two opponent for SU next year, and a team currently in the midst of a coaching change. So what exactly is SU getting?
Weight: 205 LBS
Rankings: 36th best pro-style QB in 2019 class, according to 247sports.com
Rating: 84.81 (according to 247sports.com)
HS Stats: 49 TDs, 5 INTs, 65.1 CMP %
Other Notable Offers: Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Fordham
Summers reportedly is very close with projected starter Tommy DeVito. He trains with him frequently, which obviously had to help SU get this commitment.
With a ranking of essentially 85 on 247sports.com, here’s how Summers compares to recent SU quarterbacks
Tommy DeVito (2017) 89.15
Eric Dungey (2015) 86.0
Chance Amie (2018): 85.6
Alin Edouard (2014) 85.5
David Summers (2019) 84.8
Rex Culpepper (2016) 84.6
AJ Long (2014) 82.8
Austin Wilson (2013) 79.8
Mitch Kimble (2013) 78.5
Clayton Welch (2016) 76.6
These grades may have changed slightly in terms of what the ratings truly mean year-to-year, but you can clearly tell Summers is a more talented option than Welch and right around the same level as Aime. Different styles of course, with Aime being more of a deep-throwing dual threat guy. The book on Summers is that he’s poised in the pocket and his best strength is his vision.
He’s a huge get for the Orange. First off because now they have a big upgrade in insurance for Tommy DeVito if something were to happen and they have a quarterback still on the roster from the last two classes. It would be tough to recover if they didn’t have any QBs still available from the 2018 or 19 class because then you’re looking at starting a freshman or sophomore when DeVito ultimately leaves. Now, Summers could maybe even get the benefit of the new redshirt rule and start for two years.
This was a quick response from the SU recruiting and coaching staff. They got an abrupt hole and filled it right up. The earliest Summers can ink pen to paper is Feb. 6th on National Signing Day. As of right now, he’s the only hard commit Syracuse hasn’t gotten to officially sign.