Elijah Washington, a three-star tight end in the class of 2024, has committed to play for Syracuse. The Norfolk, Virginia native picked SU over schools closer to home, like West Virginia and UVA.
Washington’s game centers around his impressive 6’6” frame and 210 pound build. He also has flashed bursts of speed, honing his athleticism as an all-state basketball player. Washington’s talent has already translated to the field. As a junior, he led Lake Taylor High School to an 11-2 record and the Virginia state quarterfinals.
This addition is one of many great ones for Syracuse’s 2024 recruiting class. Washington is the 17th commitment and 16th three-star player SU has received a commitment from. That totals to 185.48 recruiting points from 247 Sports, the Orange’s highest score since 2019, and the class isn’t even complete yet. If the recruiting cycle ended here though, Syracuse would rank 45th in the nation, a vast improvement from the 88th slot with the class of 2023.
The group of tight ends headed to Syracuse in 2024 is particularly impressive. Beyond Elijah Washington, who ranks within the top-100 at the position in the nation, is Jamie Tremble. Tremble is SU’s lone four-star recruit in the class of 2024, and ranks as the 15th best tight end prospect in the nation.
Adding talented tight ends like Washington is critical for the Orange. With All-ACC player Oronde Gadsden II eligible for the 2024 NFL Draft, replacing that talent becomes even more timely. Luckily, Washington and Tremble are both tall and quick. That means if SU head coach Dino Babers wants to keep using an offensive system with a hybrid wide receiver/tight end role, he’ll have the ability to do that with the two 2024 recruits.
None of these commitments are official quite yet. Until players sign National Letters of Intent in the fall, things could change, for better or for worse.