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Syracuse’s 2020 class could be getting a big boost in the form of three-star quarterback prospect Mason Garcia.

Carolina Forest (Myrtle Beach, SC) three-star quarterback Mason Garcia will announce his commitment on Friday, July 5.

Garcia previously planned to announce his top-five schools on July 3 but has decided to instead just make a commitment announcement.

He is the No. 353 player in the class and the No. 19 pro-style QB, via the 247Sports Composite. He’s the No. 6 player in the state of South Carolina.

It’s believed that Garcia’s decision is down to East Carolina University, the University of Missouri, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse.

East Carolina has been recruiting the quarterback the longest of these four schools. He first attended a prospect camp in Greenville, NC, and picked up an offer on June 5, 2018. Since then, he has unofficially visited the campus multiple times.

While ECU is the leader in the clubhouse for his services, don’t count out Syracuse head coach Dino Babers and the Orange.

Syracuse gave Garcia an offer on May 20 and only has three quarterbacks on their 2020 depth chart. For comparison’s sake, ECU has four. This is a small point that could swing the tide in Syracuse’s favor.

Playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference is another thing the Orange have going for them. ECU is closer to Garcia’s South Carolina home, but the American Athletic Conference cannot match the ACC’s level of talent and national exposure.

At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, Garcia has great size for the position. Factoring in his arm strength and mobility outside the pocket, it’s easy to see him being a difference maker early in college.

“He’s a good-looking kid, he’s worked really hard on his body and game,” Garcia’s high school coach, Marc Morris, told 247Sports in May.

“As far as just the tools, he’s what everyone’s looking for. There’s not a college that’s walked out here that hasn’t agreed with that.”

Syracuse’s 2020 class

The Orange currently have ten verbal commits in their upcoming class. Among those ten, nine are three-star recruits. Garcia would become the highest-rated of the bunch.

Without any QB commits, he would also be filling a position of need. The class is currently ranked 13th in the ACC but would skyrocket with Garcia’s commitment.

Outside of Clemson, the rest of the ACC Atlantic is wide open. Syracuse finished second in the division in 2018 and looks capable of doing so again in 2019.

Coming off a 10-win season, now is time for Babers and his staff to capitalize on the recruiting trail to best ensure success moving forward.

Garcia’s commitment would be another step in the right direction for the program.

July 5 will be a big day.

A 2018 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Rydquist has been covering the New York Mets for ESNY since 2019. In addition to his work here, he covers Michigan football recruiting for FanSided and NASCAR for CATCHFENCE. He can be found on Twitter @TeddyRydquist.