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SU Offers Two 2020 Playmakers from Florida

We’ve almost hit that time of year when northerners pack their bags for Florida to avoid the snow. The SU Football coaches didn’t exactly make the postseason trip to the sunshine state, but they at least made a phone call to extend offers to a couple of 2020 playmakers.


Jaylan Knighton

It’s safe to say that a guy like Knighton would help solve SU’s problems at running back. He’s only a sophomore (Class of 2020), so the Orange would have to wait a while. Knighton ran for over 1,000 yards this season at Deerfield Beach (FL). It’s been quite the month for the tailback, who’s picked up offers from Alabama and Louisville. Knighton also has offers from Auburn and Miami, among others. Syracuse becomes the ninth team on his list.

Even though Knighton has received offers from some big-name schools, he might be a guy the Orange has a realistic chance at getting. Most recruiting services don’t have complete coverage of the class of 2020 yet, but those that do don’t feature much on Knighton. The obvious thing that stands out is his size. At 5-foot-10, 180, pounds, he’s an inch shorter and two pounds lighter than Moe Neal. For the purposes of this comparison, let’s say they’re about equal. That alone gives you plenty to worry about, as Neal has struggled at times in the ACC because of his size. However, Knighton is very skilled, and you can never have too many playmakers on a roster. He likes to line up as the lone back in the backfield, and he’s very successful when he does it.


Bryce Gowdy

Around the same time Knighton took to twitter to announce his offer, Gowdy did the same. Gowdy is also a Sophomore at Deerfield Beach in Florida. However, unlike Knighton, this is his first offer. The 6-foot-2, 180 pound receiver also spends time at tight end. He’s not quite as flashy as Knighton, but Gowdy appears to be a hard worker. He lines up all over the field and is comfortable running and catching the football. He does a little bit of everything for his high school team. His height won’t blow you away, but its more than enough for him to be a do everything guy at SU. If you google his name, you won’t find much. He doesn’t even have a profile on ESPN. But, getting your face on the worldwide leader’s website isn’t the end goal. Gowdy has the size and potential to be a dual-threat player on SU’s offense.


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