Syracuse beat Duke. Again. This time it came on the gridiron recruiting circuit as the Orange picked up a verbal commitment from Class of 2018 wide receiver Anthony Queeley over schools like the Blue Devils along with Minnesota, Rutgers and Central Florida. The Florida native is SU‚Äôs third from the Sunshine State and the second wideout in the class.
Queeley is a blend of size and speed. He stands at 6-foot-3 and Queeley tells the Fizz he was clocked at 4.42 seconds at today‚Äôs Syracuse football camp. He marks just another blazing fast receiver in Dino Babers‚Äô recruiting trail. However, Queeley‚Äôs size is the part that stands out. Most of Babers‚Äô wideout recruits only bring the size element. The head coach has only had one ¬†receiver commit taller than Queeley in his two and a half recruiting cycles. This mix helps Queeley beat guys in the secondary and also go up and get jump balls.
It‚Äôs no secret what side of the ball Babers favors as a part of his recruiting formula. In the Class of 2017 and 2018, he has locked up six wide receivers, more than any other position. With a multitude of wideouts on the roster and future rosters, it will be interesting to see the interest of other receiver recruits. Will Dino‚Äôs offense be appealing enough that, if they gamble on themselves and crack the rotation, it is worth the potential reward of having video game like statistics a la Amba Etta-Tawo in 2016. Only two notable seniors are set to graduate after this season (Ervin Phillips and Steve Ishmael), which doesn‚Äôt leave a lot of open spots for a surplus of receivers. However, with so many options at wideout, the heightened competition will allow for the most talented players to float to the top and become top-tier wide receivers statistically in the ACC.
Watch Queeley‚Äôs junior year highlights here.¬†
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