Keenan Hale: WR—McCallie School (TN)
Dough Marrone wanted more speed but hopefully he also wanted height because he got that too in Keenan Hale. Hale isn’t considered a top end recruit by the experts but his athleticism is undeniable. Not only is he 6’3” but he was a state champion at the high jump with a best jump of 6’8”. Even if Hale isn’t fast and can’t run routes, if he can catch he’ll be a beast in the red zone. Oh, he’s majoring in chemical engineering too.
Terrel Hunt: QB—Christ the King H.S. (NY)
Hunt is a dual threat quarterback who passed and rushed for over 1,000 yards during his junior year. He is athletic enough to play a number of different positions but just like Ashton Broyld he will be given a chance to be a passer first. If he stays at QB he’ll have plenty of time to develop considering Nassib will probably be the starter for the next two years and then either Johnny Miller or John Kinder will probably be ready to take over.
Jeremiah Kobena: WR—Milford Academy (NY)
Kobena is an answer to Marrone’s call for speed. He ran the 100 meter in high school and with reported fastest times between 10.7-10.8 seconds. He played running back and receiver in high school so as a full time receiver in college he’ll offer both speed and the ability to make plays after the catch. Like most freshman receivers he’ll have to learn to beat the press and run good routes but he’ll be on campus for spring practice so he’ll get a head start.
Cameron Lynch: LB—Brookwood H.S. (GA)
Lynch was an all-state player in Georgia which means a lot in a pretty talented football state. The only reason he wasn’t recruited by big name programs is because he is on the smallish side for a linebacker. So was Derrell Smith and he was pretty good for the Orange. Lynch is an absolute sparkplug on the field—flying to the ball and playing with an obvious energy. He can make plays in coverage and loves to hit—could be a steal.
Shutang Mungwa: S—Bergen Catholic High (NJ)
Based on his hitting Mungwa should be a linebacker and not a defensive back. He is excellent in run support and a violent hitter but his coverage skills are a big question. Mungwa played mostly close to the line in H.S. and when he dropped into coverage it was usually in a zone. Syracuse often runs defenses that force their safeties to play man to man vs. wide receivers. Mungwa needs to learn how to do that.
Brandon Reddish: WR—Fort Hamilton H.S. (NY)
Reddish got scholarship offers from PSU, WVU, Boston College and Maryland among others. So that should give some perspective as to how sought after Reddish was. He is the kind of player that coaches design plays for just to get the ball in his hands. That being said he needs to prove that his abilities go beyond being more athletic than his high school opponents. He has the potential to be a big play threat for the Orange.