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Syracuse Needs to Take Quadir Copeland’s Visit Seriously

Joshua Thomas

There’s plenty of buzz around the 2022 recruits, so why not add fuel to the proverbial fire. No, this is not about Donovan Clingan, Kyle Filipowski, Justin Taylor, JJ Starling, Chance Westry or Zion Cruz. But about a three-star, according to 247Sports, that makes his way to Central New York today through the 24th.

The story of Quadir Copeland is well documented on Fizz, but as the 2021 season fast approaches, how likely is it that Syracuse lands the 6’6” combo guard.

The Gettysburg, Pennsylvania native visits the Hill at a very busy time. He is visiting directly after Clingan and Westry, two highly prioritized recruits for the ‘22 season. It’s up to Jim Boeheim and company to treat Copeland as an equally wanted player if Syracuse has any chance at landing the IMG Academy product.

That should not be an issue after recognizing the talent Copeland embodies. According to rivals.com, he leapfrogged from outside the top 100 in his class to comfortably within it in less than a year. His strides are apparent and so is Copeland’s ability. 

Out of his 11 offers, stated by 247Sports, Syracuse is at the very bottom, but has secured his first and only official visit. Miami, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Oregon and others have not received much interest, while Maryland is leading the pack. But the fact that SU is his only official visit gives the Orange the advantage of being the first to show off their excellent facilities and explain his role in the program. 

It depends on the impact of the official visit, but with no other scheduled trips, Syracuse is sitting pretty for the next couple days in regards to Copeland.

This is also an opportunity to bolster up the guard spots for 2022. There is no guarantee that anyone stays after this year, whether it’s because of graduation, last year of eligibility or the transfer portal. Copeland would add another high-ceiling piece and if the stars align, a player who needs more than one year at the collegiate level.

It’s a match made in heaven that’s reliant on this visit and the impression SU makes.

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