The Orange have had four quarterbacks take snaps under center this year and Syracuse is set to add another QB to the mix in 2016 in addition to commit Rex Culpepper. On Monday, Zachary High School (Louisiana) quarterback Lindsey Scott verbally committed to the Orange, about a week after receiving a visit from Syracuse offensive coordinator Tim Lester.
Scott had offers from a dozen schools, according to 247sports, including Harvard, Navy and Air Force. 247Sports also ranks Scott three stars and lists him as the 29th ranked dual-threat QB in this recruiting cycle.
He has over 1,500 total yards and 21 total touchdowns through the first five games of his senior season. He is showing improvement after posting 39 touchdowns in fourteen games last season. His completion percentage has also ballooned from 57.4 to 69.7 from his junior to his senior year.
Scott is the second quarterback to commit to the Orange for 2016 after Plant High School QB Rex Culpepper committed to the Orange after taking a visit to the Hill in June. Assuming both Scott and Culpepper honor their verbal commitment and come to Syracuse, the Orange will have six quarterbacks on their roster next season. That is excluding Terrel Hunt who may get granted an additional year of eligibility due to his injury this season.
Though this may seem like a crowd for one position, it is not particularly surprising. Head Coach Scott Shafer made it clear before the recruiting cycle began that he would be going hard after quarterbacks. It makes sense that Shafer would want to gather up QBs who can compete for the starting job.
It is certainly way too early to tell what the Syracuse quarterback situation will look like next year, though one would have to assume that if Eric Dungey continues to develop and improve, he would get the first crack under center next year.