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What’s Syracuse’s Back Up Plan After Missing Anthony Brown?

Three other 2016 QB’s are on SU’s radar.

Last Friday 2016 3-star quarterback Anthony Brown verbally committed to Boston College over Syracuse, Wake Forest, Temple and Northwestern. Orange Offensive Coordinator Tim Lester told Brown that he was SU’s top quarterback target in the 2016 class back in March.

So where does Syracuse go from here? The Orange has offered ten 2016 quarterbacks according to, but seven of them have already verbally committed to a school. One of the recruits who still has yet to make a decision is Christian Brothers Academy QB Jack Brotzki.

Brotzki will most likely choose to play football at Syracuse before National Signing Day in February. He’s a local kid and the Orange is his only Division I offer, plus his father is the Director of Player Development for SU. So why did Syracuse put so much effort into recruiting Brown when the program had Brotzki in the palm of its hand?

Brown’s better, Brotzki has a two-star rating on 247 and Rivals. The way this recruiting cycle has unfolded thus far it, appears that SU wants to bring in a second quarterback in addition to the CBA product.

One possibility is Florida quarterback Sawyer Smith. Smith is a 3-star pro-style quarterback who was offered by Syracuse in April. SU receivers coach Bobby Acosta is the lead recruiter with Smith. Acosta was just on a recruiting trip to the Sunshine State last week, but it is unclear if he met with Smith during that time.

The final QB Syracuse has offered from the 2016 class that has not yet verbally committed anywhere is 3-star dual-threat quarterback Joshua Jackson. Jackson comes from Michigan and has more Power Five offers than both Brotzki and Smith.

Whatever happens this cycle, Syracuse will have plenty of quarterbacks on the roster when the 2016 class arrives on the Hill. That list includes Austin Wilson, AJ Long, Zack Mahoney, Eric Dungey and Kenterius Womack. SU’s staff would love to add to that list.

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Posted: Connor Morrissette

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