It may have taken a while, but Syracuse now has a solid haul at the quarterback position in this cycle. Just one day after getting its long overdue first commit from Jacobian Morgan, Texas signal caller Dillon Markiewicz pledged to SU.
Let’s preface by saying Markiewicz is not Tommy DeVito and he does not have the ratings or offers of an elite prospect. He is a middle of the pack 3 star with an overall grade of 82 on 247sports.com. Markiewicz has no reported power five offers. That being said, this guy is someone the fan base should be excited about.
For starters, he has the physical tools. At 6’4.5 and 215 pounds, Markiewicz has a high ceiling and strong arm. At the end of his highlight tape he displays his running potential and looks like a poised passer on the move.
He put up some incredible numbers in one of the more prestigious high school football areas in the country. At Mckinley North in the Dallas area, Markiewicz finished with 45 passing touchdowns and over 4,000 yards.
So with those numbers, size and skill set why does he have no power five offers besides Syracuse?
Some claim the numbers were mostly a product of the air-raid style of offense he played in and after just one year as a starter, he still has to prove he can make decisions and read coverages at a high D1 level.
There’s no reason to believe that Dino Babers and new OC/QB coach Sterlin Gilbert can’t get him there. Also worth mentioning that Gilbert seems to be a main reason why Markiewicz toured the campus this past weekend and committed, according to Mike McAlister of 247sports.com.
Markiewicz is a late bloomer. His ratings don’t tell the full story. Boise State offered him recently, which is about as strong as it gets in the non-power five landscape and Baylor was reportedly expressing interest.
Don’t be surprised if Markiewicz sees a ratings boost in the future. Quarterback should be a position of strength for this staff. It took awhile, but a tall, strong quarterback from Texas is a solid get for SU in this class, regardless of what the ratings say.