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National Signing Day, Syracuse Recruiting: Welcome, Class Of 2014

Though we suppose they're technically the Class of 2018, but, you know what we mean. Anyway, they make it official today.

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National Signing Day: Scott Shafer Talks Recruits

Scott Shafer talked to the media at Manley Field House about the newest round of Syracuse recruits. And he did so in the only way he knows how - making you want to strap on a uniform and win one for the gipper. Here are the highlights.

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Paywalled: SU Fans Blacked Out Of HCSS' Presser

Syracuse football fans who did not have access to Time Warner Cable were blacked out of Scott Shafer's National Signing Day press conference on Wednesday. That was a mistake says an Syracuse athletics spokesperson.

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SU Football's Class Of 2014 Ranked In Top 50

National Signing Day was a helluva day for the Syracuse Orange football program. Everyone who was expected to fax in a NLI did so and the Orange went 2-for-2 on guys who were still choosing between us and other schools.

All in all, a 24-recruit class that has the potential to be a game-changer for SU. And the rankings, if you're into that kind of thing, back that up.

Rivals says Syracuse has the 49th-best recruiting class in the nation.

247 Sports also says Syracuse has the 49th-best recruiting class in the nation.

Scout says Syracuse has the 51st-best recruiting class in the nation.

It's the best showing in the recruiting rankings since 2008 and, at least in the case of Rivals, the best ranking since 2002. For reference, last year's class was ranked 73rd.

What's really cool is how non-regional the class is. Six from Florida, six from Illinois, three from Pennsylvania, two from "softnosed" Georgia and everyone else from Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee New Jersey and New York. It might be Northern Football but our doors remain open to good recruits from all over (thanks in large part to George McDonald and DeAndre Smith).

Five wide receivers, four defensive linemen, four linebackers and seven defensive backs. George McDonald said this team will be "full-bore fast" next year. The focus is clearly there and on securing our defense's might.

Obviously, it always goes without saying that you don't really know how good your recruiting class is until about three years from now. But, on a day when SU got everyone it wanted and did so with kids who wouldn't have even considered Syracuse just a couple years ago…that's a win.

We're already a perennial bowl team with two-star kids. What can we become when we're playing with three-stars and beyond?

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NSD: Chris Slayton Is SU's New Silent Assassin

This 3-star defensive linemen made his verbal commitment on Christmas Eve. It was a nice surprise then and, hopefully, is a silent assassin waiting to break out.

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NSD: ATH Treevon Prater Feeling This Orange Life

A couple weeks back, Prater switch his commitment from Western Michigan to Syracuse. That was his final answer.

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NSD: Naesean Howard Stays Home

Naesean Howard is the lone Central New Yorker in the Syracuse class.

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National Signing Day: Juwan Dowels Does the Wave

Yet another Florida prospect, Juwan Dowels ditches the sun of his hometown for the snowiest college in America.

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National Signing Day: Adly Enoicy Flips Off FIU

The Syracuse-Duke game sure had an impact on football recruiting! Adly Enoicy flips from FIU to Syracuse after visiting for the game.

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NSD: Georgia DL Kayton Samuels Picks SU

One of the two big unknowns on the day, Samuels chose the Orange over Ball State and all it right in the world.

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NSD: The Corey Cooper Era Can Finally Begin

It was so long ago that Cooper committed to play for Syracuse, this really is just a formality.

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Lamar Dawson Is Syracuse's Best Recruiting Story

The best story to come out of NSD 2014 is that of Lamar Dawson, who is dealing with a rare health issue that could force him to delay his enrollment until 2015. The Syracuse coaching staff is honor its contract and has no problem waiting for Dawson to get well.

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NSD: Picky OL Denzel Ward Decides To Wear Orange

This 3-star offensive linemen from Chicago's Simeon Prep took awhile to decided where he wanted to go, but in the end he made the right decision deciding on the Orange.

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NSD: LB Jonathan Thomas Confirms Hardnosedness

Scott Shafer's Atlanta comments didn't stop this three-star Georgia LB from committing to SU.

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NSD: OL Aaron Roberts Makes Decision Final

This 3-star offensive linemen from the Chicagoland area was heavily recruited by Syracuse.

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NSD: Ervin Phillips Signs With Cuse

Scatback Ervin Phillips brings speed to the SU offense.

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NSD: Jamal Custis Shines On Field, BBall Court

Two-sport athlete Jamal Custis gives Syracuse quarterbacks a big target.

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3-Star LB Colton Moskal Brings A W.A.R.-Like Edge

This 3-star linebacker from Illinois was one of the early verbal commitments in the Class of 2014, and Wednesday made his decision final.

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NSD: DL Jalen Harvey Flipped The Script

Western Kentucky's loss is our gain as Jalen Harvey flipped his commitment last weekend.

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National Signing Day: Cordell Hudson Adds DB Depth

Cordell Hudson, of Largo, Fla., officially signs with Syracuse, helping beef up depth for a secondary that badly needs it.

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NSD: Finally, Wayne Williams Has Arrived

It feels like Wayne Williams has been on his way to Syracuse for decades. He's finally made it to campus, and could make an impact early for the Orange.

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National Signing Day: Steve Ishmael Says Yes to SU

Steve Ishmael verbally committed to the Orange over the weekend, but now he makes it official on National Signing Day

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NSD: "Face of the Program," Alin Edouard

Syracuse's latest recruit to make it official is QB Alin Edouard, who's been a strong verbal for the Orange since October.

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NSD: KJ Williams Brings Star Power to SU's Class

KJ Williams is the highest rated recruit in Syracuse's class. He headlines an impressive group of 2014 wide receivers.

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National Signing Day: Antwan Cordy Signs w/Orange

Syracuse football's latest commitment is defensive back Antwan Cordy

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3-star LB Parris Bennett Brings Some DET Swag

This 3-star linebacker out of Detroit was one of the first two NSD letters the Orange received on Wednesday.

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NSD: A.J. Long Gunning For That No. 1 Spot

Right now it's Terrel Hunt's team. Someday, sooner than later if it's up to him, it might be A.J.'s.

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NSD: Safety Rodney Williams Signs With Syracuse

Rodney Williams represents New Jersey in this year's class.

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NSD: Zaire Franklin Is Ready To Lead The Defense

Linebacker Zaire Franklin has spent months recruiting more players to the Orange defense. Today, he makes his own commitment official.

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National Signing Day, Syracuse's Class Of 2014

Though we suppose they're technically the Class of 2018, but, you know what we mean. Anyway, they make it official today.

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