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Syracuse Daily Links - Football Recruiting Homestretch

Updates from SU recruits as we get down to Signing Day as well as basketball updates.

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse still No. 1 on list for highly regarded football recruit Steve Ishmael; he'll visit Louisville next |

"They're my No. 1 school right now," Ishmael said multiple times over the course of the day when asked by teachers, classmates and a reporter. Even better news for the Orange: Ishmael constantly referred to Syracuse as "we" on Monday, and his teachers peppered him with Syracuse trivia.

Syracuse football recruit Jamal Custis can walk on to the men's basketball team — if he wants to |

"They told me I can if I wanted to," Custis said recently. "It's up to me. I don't promise people like, yeah, I'm going to definitely play basketball, but it is a possibility."

Worried about Syracuse overlooking Wake Forest, with Duke looming this weekend? (Update) |

"We don't talk about where we are, what our ranking is. We just talk about that next team we gotta play," Boeheim said. "I know Wake Forest has not lost at home this year. They beat Duke there. They're very hard to beat at home. That's what we'll focus on. That's all we'll be thinking about this week. This team is very good at that."

Syracuse center Dajuan Coleman "stays positive" as he faces knee surgery |

"I think it's a great decision on my part just to get healthy," Coleman said. "Even though I'm going to miss (the rest of the season), I'm going to be healthy afterward. It's a process."

Miami's Jim Larranaga reveals little-known secret about the Syracuse basketball zone |

On Saturday, Miami coach Jim Larranaga offered some of the best insight about why Syracuse's zone is so good. Sure, it's the players' length, their familiarity with the brand, their devotion to the defense.

Jim Boeheim's history with Duke goes back to 1966 as a player for Syracuse basketball |

The game will be just the fifth between the two schools and the first since 1998. But the history that Syracuse and Duke share dates back nearly 50 years ago.

Hass: Composed Syracuse core continues to close games at elite level | The Daily Orange

When the game is on the line, no team in the country is better at closing the deal. And why is that? "Well, we have good players," Boeheim said. "It can’t be coaching. It’s got to be players."

Orange Watch: 2014 Syracuse football schedule has its ups and downs | The Juice Online

Unless there is some sort of change to the protocol of the ACC Football composite schedule for 2015 and forward, we certainly hope the conference does not make both the Pittsburgh and Boston College matchups the annual final two regular season games, alternating odds years in the Dome and even years away.

Syracuse University Athletics - Piacentini, Drinkwater Earn CHA Honors

Two Orange earned College Hockey America weekly honors for their performance against Penn State last weekend. Sophomore forward Melissa Piacentini is the CHA Player of the Week and senior Jenesica Drinkwater is the Goalie of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.