The Orange has been going after quarterbacks hard this recruiting cycle, and earlier today Coach Shafer got his first commitment under center.
Rex Culpepper (6’3″ 225 lb.) committed to Syracuse while visiting the Hill today. He’s the fourth commit of Syracuse’s 2016 class to this point, joining RB Robert Washington, WR Sadiq Palmer, and T Cam DeGeorge. He’s a straight-A student and an Eagle Scout.
In his junior year, Culpepper threw for 2016 yards and 20 touchdowns, according to maxpreps.com. He led Plant High School to a 10-1 record in the regular season before falling in the second round of the Florida 8A State Tournament. Culpepper is listed as a “Pro Style” quarterback on 247sports.com, but his 40 time of 4.75 (above average for a QB) indicates that he could scramble if he needed to.
Rex Culpepper won’t be the first person in his family to play college football, either (and no, there’s no relation to Daunte). Rex’s father, Brad, was an All-American defensive tackle at Florida in 1991 and went on to have a nine-year NFL career playing for the Vikings, Buccaneers, and Bears.
Both of Rex’s parents, Brad and Monica, also appeared on different seasons of the show “Survivor”. I admit that this has nothing to do with football, but I thought it was really cool.
Rex’s younger brother Judge, who was on campus with the rest of the family, picked up an offer from Syracuse on the trip. Judge is a tight end who is going into his sophomore year. His decision may be a long way away, but Monica Culpepper did tell the Fizz that “[Judge] loves his bro that’s for sure.” Maybe Rex could persuade his brother to go Orange when the class of 2018 comes around.
Rex Culpepper is already part of one very talented family, and Coach Shafer and his staff are more than happy to welcome him into theirs.
Posted: Nathan Dickinson