Jahlil Florence has options. Good options. The San Diego corner is being recruited by Oregon, Michigan and Washington. But he’s flying all the way out to Syracuse for his only official visit of the month (6/24), and is fired up about meeting with Dino Babers and co. He told 247 Sports there’s a familiarity already built in. Syracuse has a bounty of young defensive backs. In fact, the secondary might be the most exciting position for the Orange for a number of years. Duce Chestnut leads a group that could be one of the best in the ACC in the neat future. How about adding another talent from California?
“I’m excited to get out there and check them out. They have a lot of coaches on that staff from San Diego. One of my coaches, Jason Carter, knows Tony White really well and my dad and coach Babers have connected really well too. Both are military so we built a really good bond already.” – Jahlil Florence
Florence is a 6’2″, 180 lb. corner in the Class of ’22. He’s got 16 offers, and while originally it looked like he might visit Ann Arbor in a few weeks, he’ll likely wait until the fall to see Michigan on a game day. Better yet, Florence proudly displays his 3.75 GPA on his Twitter profile.
“I like the defense a lot too and feel I would fit in really well there. They play a lot of man coverage and feel I could come out there and compete early for playing time. The coaches have been straight forward with me this whole time about how they would use me so I definitely have real interest in their program right now.”- Jahlil Florence
He has plenty of offers from schools out west, like Arizona, Oregon State, San Diego State, Fresno State and Boise State too. So if it comes down to staying close to home, Florence has good options. If he wants to see a different part of the country, we can also promise him blizzards and fewer hours of sunlight in a month than he usually gets in a day.
Florence has bloomed in his last two seasons, and turned into a very intriguing prospect (hence the offers from Michigan and Oregon). He’s a very athletic corner with great speed. At a showcase in February in his hometown he won MVP honors for defensive backs and clocked in at a 4.5 40, the fastest of the event.
The secondary is a rare position of strength for the Orange with so many young players getting reps last year and the incoming Chestnut, SU’s best recruit. Perhaps it’s a windfall that can continue with Florence. Make way for another young talent to visit The Hill this month.