Syracuse has already signed numerous new commits and added a lot of talent on National Signing Day. But the Orange just missed on one of their top targets still on the table– 3-star Kentron Poitier. The Florida wide receiver decided to stay in the sunshine state and attend Florida State University.
The miss for Syracuse is a big one. The Orange had trouble finding a supporting cast for Trishton Jackson in the wide receiver department last season. Taj Harris didn’t live up to expectations, Sean Riley wasn’t a threat and is about to graduate, and the next couple receiving options include running backs and a tight end. It is safe to say the outside was an important place for Syracuse to focus on in this year’s recruiting.
Poitier could have really helped the Orange with that problem. He is a 6-foot-2, 200 pound raw talent out of Miami, Florida. He’s a 3-star recruit, the 488th ranked recruit in the country and the 81st ranked wide receiver according to 247Sports. With those numbers Poitier would have been SU’s highest ranked wide receiver recruit.
He’s not the smallest guy that can fit in the slot or the biggest guy you can throw jump balls to in the endzone, but he is extremely athletic. Poitier has great ball skills and hands like glue. The areas of improvement he will need to work on once he gets to college is his technique and speed. Those are things that Dino Babers could have helped him fix.
The miss of Poitier is not the only miss of a priority receiver in this year’s recruiting class. The Orange have also missed out on Malick Meiga, a 3-star recruit who committed to Penn State, and Bryce Gowdy, a 4-star recruit who chose Georgia Tech over Syracuse.
Poitier choosing to go to Florida State over the University of Florida, which was one of his final three schools, is another issue for Syracuse. If he decided to become a Gator, the Orange wouldn’t have to compete against him. But now, Poitier is headed to a team SU plays ever year. FSU had a horrible receiving situation last season, which is obviously beneficial for Syracuse. Now that the Seminoles are getting highly coveted recruits, it could be a problem for the Orange. You never want to lose a good recruit, especially to a conference competitor.
Syracuse’s miss of Kentron Poitier will hurt them. They aren’t having the best year for recruiting, talent wise. Sure they have signed a lot of players, but their ranking in the ACC isn’t towards the top. Poitier would have helped them move up and be a real threat.