There is a tremendous amount of buzz surrounding the Syracuse football recruiting class for 2016. Despite the fact that it is only early May, this excitement seems to be warranted.
The next phase after the commitment of Robert Washington is to find the pieces, that when matched with Washington, can truly turn this program around. The Orange are one step close to being a step closer to that goal.
Running back/slot receiver Moe Neal, who is a close friend of Robert Washington, released his top five schools on Monday. Not surprisingly the Orange made the cut, along with ACC rivals Duke, Boston College and Wake Forest and Mississippi State.
Neal is a three-star recruit out of Forestview High School (Gastonia, N.C.). He took his official visit to Syracuse at the same time as Robert Washington and they have been friends since eighth grade.
Neal is just one of several recruits that Washington has been rumored to be recruiting for Syracuse. At 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, Neal definitely is built more like a slot receiver than a running back.
With that said, the proposition of Washington in the backfield and a compentent receiver or can run the ball is an exciting one. Obviously, it has been a long, long time since Syracuse has had a running back that is of Robert Washington’s caliber, but it also has been a while since the Orange had a threat in the slot.
While Neal isn’t thought of as highly as Washington, he has put up impressive numbers through his first three years of High School. He has 74 total touchdowns through three years with 29 of them coming last fall. He complimented his scoring in his junior year with over 2,000 yards on the ground.
Moe Neal could be one of many recruits that Robert Washington helps bring in. He is not a player that is going to “put Syracuse back in the national spotlight” like Washington wants, but landing Neal would be a nice add for the Orange.
Posted: Logan Grossman