After a very slow start to the 2017 recruitment cycle, Dino Babers and Syracuse football are really flushing out the class of 2017, Babers first full class since taking over the top job. The class, headlined by Quarterback Tommy DeVito has fifteen members as of now and could add a sixteenth as early as this weekend.
Syracuse is set to battle the University of South Florida both on and off the field this year. Aaron Hackett, who is a three-star tight end out of Venice High School in Florida, has narrowed his list of schools to two, Syracuse and South Florida. He took an official visit to South Florida last weekend and is set to visit the Hill this weekend. It is possible, he told Syracuse.com, that he commits to the Orange if he feels comfortable on his trip this weekend.
Hackett may not be a recruit who will steal headlines for the Orange, as he is the 82nd ranked tight end in this cycle, but he could prove to be an incredibly important one. Syracuse has four tight ends on their roster for this upcoming season. As of now, for the 2017 season, the Orange have one tight end as three, Cam MacPherson, Josh Parris, and Kendall Moore are all entering their final year of eligibility.
As of now, Syracuse does not have any tight ends in its 2017 recruiting class. While Babers is known for running a fast-paced offense and that does not necessarily showcase the tight ends, he has also stressed how important it is to have a strong core of blockers. Fast paced does not mean that the Orange won’t run the ball and use tight ends as blockers and short yardage receivers.
The 2017 recruiting cycle is really starting to take shape and the Orange just have a few more pieces to add. One of those pieces very well may be the 6-3, 225 pound tight end out of Florida.