The class of 2013 has seen a wave of early commitments, so it is no surprise that colleges are getting an early jump on the class of 2014 as well. Syracuse has already identified a quarterback they like among the crop of current sophomores.
Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic's 2014 DeShone Kizer led the Fighting Irish to a 7-3 record by completing 55 percent of his passes for 930 yards and eight touchdowns. He picked up his first two offers in the last few days.
"Syracuse actually offered me today - my first BCS offer," Kizer said Monday. "I called them today and had a nice chat with Coach [Tim] Daoust. I had met Coach Daoust, who is actually a CCHS alum, at the end of my freshman year.
"He said that they saw I have great potential and exceptional size for a sophomore. Coach Daoust had a coaches' clinic down here in Toledo, and before he left they had a coaches' meeting and my name came up. The wide receivers coach said he heard a lot about me, had watched film on me and he definitely felt they should put in an offer for me."
The offer from Syracuse was actually Kizer's second of the process. He picked up his first offer from the hometown team a couple days earlier.
"I got an offer from Toledo over the weekend," Kizer said. "[Central Catholic] Coach [Greg] Dempsey had talked to our area recruiter, but I had never gotten a hold of him. I went to their junior day on Saturday and me and Coach [Matt] Campbell had a meeting which is when they officially offered me."
The 6-4, 205-pound Kizer is on the radar of several more schools, including Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Purdue and Indiana.
With two years left until he can sign a national letter of intent, Kizer is taking his time with the recruiting process. He is in the midst of basketball season now, and will not take any college visits while basketball season is ongoing.