National Signing Day is a week away and the staff is criss-crossing the Southeast & Midwest trying to sell Syracuse's brand of hardnosed ACC football to potential recruits. It's obvious from whom the coaches are targeting, that they have made adding another defensive tackle and more depth in the defensive backfield a priority. Here's a list of new recruits who have been offered recently or recently re-emerged on Syracuse's radar, as well as an update on some of the recruits discussed two weeks ago.
Hometown: Pinson, Alabama
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height & Weight: 6'2” 300 lbs.
Rating: 2 Stars by 24/7, Scout & Rivals / Not Rated by ESPN
Other Offers: Boise State, Western Kentucky, South Alabama, FCS Schools
Jalen is among the defensive tackles that Syracuse is reaching out to after Isaiah Rodney committed to Wake Forest. Jalen has the size to compete immediately at the BCS level which is what Syracuse is looking for as there may be a spot immediately available in the four man DT rotation at least until John Raymon can get back on the field. While Harvey does have a soft verbal to Western Kentucky, he was said to be surprised and excited by his Syracuse scholarship offer and is visiting this weekend.
Hometown: Lithonia, Georgia
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height & Weight: 6'1” 290 lbs.
Rating: 3 Stars by 24/7/ 2 Stars by Scout & Rivals/ Not Rated by ESPN
Other Offers: Georgia State, Louisiana Lafayette, Arkansas State, Old Dominion, Ball State
Kayton is another defensive tackle prospect that Syracuse has recently offered. Like Harvey, he has the size to potentially compete for immediate playing time on Syracuse's depleted defensive line. Samuels is currently committed to Georgia State, but will also be visiting Syracuse this weekend.
Hometown: Phenix City, Alabama
Height & Weight: 6'0” 181 lbs.
Rating: 3 Stars
Other Offers: Minnesota, Missouri, Indiana, Arkansas
Campbell is another late addition to Syracuse's list of offerees. He plays both cornerback & safety at the high school level but projects as a safety in college. He is a solid wrap up tackler who plays in the box. He will need to add some weight to consistently make tackles at the BCS level, but he is willing tackler not afraid to lay a hit on the ball carrier. He can drop into zone well but his man to man coverage skills are lacking. Campbell just visited Missouri and will be visiting Minnesota this weekend, so if he were to commit to Syracuse, it would be without having seen the campus. Minnesota & Missouri are considered the front runners.
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Height &Weight: 5'9” 175 lbs.
Ratings: 3 Stars by ESPN, 24/7/ 2 Stars by Rivals & Scout
Other Offers: Akron, Louisville, Duke
Washington is solid cover corner who lacks elite size. As ESPN recruiting says, Washington “has all the tools but size.” Washington verbally committed to Akron back in December but has garnered significant interest recently. He visited Louisville last weekend and now Louisville is considered the frontrunner. Washington, however, will be visiting Syracuse this weekend, giving Syracuse an opportunity to snatch this recruit from an ACC rival.
Hometown: Homestead, Florida
Height & Weight: 5'9” 170 lbs.
Ratings: 2 Stars by Rivals &24/7/ Not Rated by ESPN & Scout
Other Offers: Duke, Tennessee, Akron, FIU
Cordy is another talented but undersized cornerback recruit. Cordy and Washington are friends with one another and will be visiting Syracuse together. Cordy looks to be the faster of the two. Cordy has held an offer from Syracuse since May but has flown under the radar a bit, not garnering much attention. Syracuse may be Cordy's only official visit, which may give them the upperhand in landing him.
Still In the Mix:
Denzel Ward – Ward, in my opinion, is still the recruit that fills the biggest need for Syracuse. With the exception of Cajuste, who committed to West Virginia and played both OT & DT, Syracuse has not offered any other offensive tackles who are still considering Syracuse. Ward tweeted that he was not going on any more official visits after his Syracuse visit and that he was 50/50 between his top two schools, Syracuse and South Florida. Here's hoping Syracuse can seal the deal.
Steven Ishmael – Ishmael visited Syracuse the weekend of January 17th and then Louisville the weekend of the 24th. Even after his Louisville visit, Ishmael still lists Syracuse as his number one school. Unless something significant happens in the next six days, Ishmael should be wearing Orange in the fall.
Micquell Cotton – 24/7 Sports mysteriously has Cotton committed to Iowa Wesleyan, which was previously an NAIA school, even below FCS level. This might be a mistake for Iowa State (if the schools were listen in alphabetical order, it might be directly after Iowa State) but I cannot find any info confirming an Iowa State commitment from Cotton. Cotton's top three are Syracuse, Iowa State & Illinois.
Jonathan Thomas – Outside lineback Thomas will be visiting Syracuse this weekend, January 31st. Thomas was long considered a Oklahoma lean; however, all four predictions at 24/7 Sports have changed to Syracuse, three of them within the last four days. Hopefully Syracuse can nail down this commitment while Thomas is visiting this weekend.
Isaiah Rodney – Wake Forest – Rodney visited Syracuse January 17th and seemed to enjoy his visit, but he visited Wake Forest the following weekend and committed during his visit. As with all recruits who commit elsewhere, we wish him the best and look forward to competing against him.
Adly Enoicy – Florida International - Despite his verbal commitment, Enoicy is still visiting this weekend. Perhaps Syracuse can still swing this one.
Yodny Cajuste – West Virginia – Syracuse offered Cajuste very late in game and Cajuste vistied West Virginia the weekend of the January 24th and committed during his visit. Cajuste is 6'5” 265 pounder and has the versatility to play on the offensive or defensive line. Well, at least we still have the Schwarzwalder Trophy.
Mikale Wilbon – Nebraska – Wilbon decommitted from Vanderbilt after Coach James Franklin defected to Penn State. Syracuse was one of the teams that was interested in Wilbon before his commitment to Vandy & already have a commitment from his high school teammate OG Aaron Roberts. Syracuse tried to sway Wilbon into visiting this weekend, but Wilbon committed to Nebraska during his visit the weekend of January 24th.