Quarterback has been a source of angst for SU fans for years. As the Orange have struggled to get their footing for the last three years, the play under center has been the biggest inconsistency. Garrett Shrader showed promise at times last season, but the transfer of Carlos Del Rio-Wilson certainly makes things more interesting. At very least, it adds a quality option to the QB room.
Del Rio-Wilson has plenty of innate talent. He was a 4-star recruit out of Cartersville, GA, the 18th best QB in the nation. At 6’2″, 225 lbs. he was #182 in the nation, and ranked 16th from Georgia, according to On3’s recruiting database. Cartersville is a powerhouse program, winning the state title in football crazy Georgia in 2015 and 2016. You may have heard of the quarterback who led the team to those championships: Trevor Lawrence.
The Gators have dynamic Anthony Richardson and a handful of other additions since Billy Napier took over for Dan Mullen. DRW was simply the odd man out. But Napier had some extremely complimentary things to say about him.
“Carlos was first-class for us,” Napier said. “I can’t compliment him enough. His work ethic. He was a good teammate. He’s done a really good job representing himself, his family, since he’s been at the University of Florida. Nothing but good things to say about him.”
“He’s done a really good job representing himself, his family, since he’s been at the University of Florida. Nothing but good things to say about him.”
Del Rio-Wilson was projected to be a Power 5 starter by multiple recruiting websites. He has talent. He has plenty of high school success. He’s young (recruiting class of ’21). He also apparently has maturity and the respect of his former program in how he handled his situation. He also has an open door to compete for playing time at SU if Shrader falters. DRW is also younger than Shrader, so he could be a longer term solution. This is a very solid addition by Dino Babers and company.