In the current cutthroat environment of college recruiting just because a recruit has given his verbal commitment to one school, doesn't mean the other schools stop blowing up the recruit's phone. The Syracuse Orange have two current running back targets; one who was previously verbally committed to another school and a second who is currently verbally committed to another school.
Illinois running back Kentrail Moran is a 5'11" 190 lb. running back out of O'Fallon High School. He is rated four-stars by Scout and Rivals and verbally committed to the Illinois Fighting Illini. However, when Moran committed back in March of this year, Tim Beckman was the head coach; not the future is uncertain at Illinois. Despite being committed to Illinois, Syracuse has continued to keep in touch with Moran and Moran has announced that he will take an official visit to Syracuse the weekend of January 22nd.
Another running back that Syracuse has kept in touch with is Missourian Tre Bryant. In July, Bryant verbally committed to the Kansas State Wildcats; however, Bryant just re-opened his commitment last night.
Bryant is 5'10", 195 lbs. and is rated a unanimous three-star talent. When Bryant committed to KSU in July, he cited wanting to play running back, as opposed to the hybrid position in Tim Lester's offense as a major factor in his decision. At that time, Syracuse chose to offer Bryant at the hybrid position because, at that time, Robert Washington was committed to Syracuse and was promised to be the only running back in the 2016 class. With Washington no longer committed, and no other running back verbally committed to the Orange, Syracuse can now offer Bryant a spot at the running back position. Bryant officially visited Minnesota last weekend, and will visit Nebraska this weekend. .
Here's a look at their respective highlight reels: