Syracuse football got two pieces of good recruiting news over the weekend.
The first was a commitment from three-star 2021 Oak Ridge (Calif.) quarterback Justin Lamson. He picked the Orange over Louisville, Boise State, Wyoming and San Jose State on Friday.
Thank you to all the coaches who have recruited me and believed in me
— Justin Lamson (@justin_lamson10) July 3, 2020
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect is rated by 247 Sports as the 31st best dual-threat quarterback in his class, and threw for 3,576 yards and 29 touchdowns, and rushed for 462 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. He was named Sacramento Bee All-Metro Player of the Year.
Lamson is Syracuse’s earliest quarterback commitment in a cycle since Tommy DeVito committed in April, 2016. The converted safety is now SU’s 14th commitment in the class of 2021.
Syracuse is not expected to take another quarterback in the 2021 cycle, which means Lamson will join DeVito, the likely starter in his redshirt senior season, David Summers, Drew Gunther and Dillon Markiewicz and JaCobian Morgan.
On the July 4th holiday, Syracuse was named a finalist for 2021 Camden (NJ) defensive back Duce Chestnut.
Rated four stars by 247, Chestnut’s final eight also includes Michigan State, Ole’ Miss, Miami, Rutgers, Michigan, Kansas and Louisville.
— Darian “Duce” Chestnut (@BallgameDuce) July 5, 2020
After he named his finalists, he spoke with 247 Sports’ Brian Dohn about each of his schools. He had this to say about Syracuse: “Syracuse has one of the best coaching staffs. The environment feels like a family environment. It is a great opportunity to come in and play early.”
In his junior season at Camden, Chestnut notched 47 tackles and five interceptions.
It capped off a great week for the Orange, who also got a commitment from 2021 defensive end Jatius Geer from South Carolina.