Weekend Recruiting Roundup: Kevin Huerter leaves door open for Syracuse basketball

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I hope everyone on the east coast enjoyed the milder weather over the weekend. Let’s catch you up on what happened in the Syracuse recruiting world.

Let’s start with the class of 2016 and guard Kevin Huerter. The Daily Gazette’s Michael Kelly caught up with Huerter to discuss his recruitment, and something interesting came up as it relates to Syracuse. As you all probably know by now, the Orange only offered Huerter as a 2017 recruit, requiring that he spend a year at prep school before suiting up for SU. Huerter seemingly declined that offer last week, saying he wouldn’t visit Syracuse, and instead said he would set up visits only with 2016 schools. Huerter softened that language when he discussed this with Kelly. “If I go to a school and fall in love,” Huerter said, “and they say there’s only room for me in 2017, then it’s a possibility I’d do it.”

Moving forward into the class of 2017, Trevon Duval visited UCLA last week and chatted with Scout.com’s Jason Scheer about it. Syracuse is among a crowded field vying for Duval, who says he has offers from around the country. “Arizona recently offered me and California, UCLA, Oregon, and UNLV are all recruiting me also,” Duval said.

We’ll conclude basketball with a look ahead to 2018 with point guard Immanuel Quickley. Scout.com’s Brian Snow catches up with Quickley and the Baltimore product is already drawing some interest from high majors. Among the schools in touch with him include Washington, Cincinnati, South Florida, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke and Syracuse. Quickley also mentions that he’s received an offer from the Bearcats.

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Moving to football, Ocean Township senior RB Tyler Thompson updates his recruitment process with NJ.com’s Joe Zedalis. Thompson is fully recovered from the broken leg that ended his 2014 season, and is moving forward with his recruitment, saying that Syracuse is among his primary suitors. “I want to visit Syracuse, hopefully Boston College and West Virginia,” Thompson said. He’s being recruited by assistant coach Bobby Acosta.

Plant High School four-star 2017 wide receiver Juwan Burgess released a piece of his top 10 schools, and Syracuse has made the cut. Surely, Syracuse commits (and Burgress‘ current teammates) Rex Culpepper and Scoop Bradshaw had a hand in that. His other schools include Clemson, Florida, Va. Tech, FSU and Miami. Meanwhile, another Plant athlete, defensive tackle Bo Peek was named No. 21 of the top 25 players in the area.

A former Syracuse recruit, Canadian defensive back Patrice Rene committed to Rutgers over the weekend, picking the Scarlet Knights over Ohio State. The Orange had offered Rene and he had offers from 27 schools according to 247 Sports.

To close, Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey writes that former Syracuse commit (who flipped to Penn State) Daiquan Kelly was dismissed from the team recently. Kelly later tweeted a message regarding his dismissal.

Have a great start to your week, everyone!

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]sujuiceonline.com.