As our own Brandon Ross detailed on Thursday morning, Syracuse had two important visitors on campus yesterday: 2016 targets Jamal Holloway and Moe Neal, whom the Orange are both very high on for the current recruiting cycle. Holloway, a 3-star defensive end from Camden, N.J. spoke to Scout following his visit and had some high praise for Syracuse:
"I was really impressed with how they said they’re structured on how they want to run their system. The freshmen, the sophomores, juniors and seniors, they each have their own structured way of running academics. It’s great how they can help everybody out."
He added that he was "blown away" on the visit, and expressed admiration for Syracuse Athletics staff members Herman Frazier and Floyd Little -- the latter of whom was also one of the highlights of 3-star H-back Moe Neal's visit. Neal did not give an interview (yet) following his visit, but did post a photo in Orange gear while on campus:
As detailed before, Neal is a good friend of top SU commit Robert Washington, and could be the key to the Orange getting involved in some additional big names as they round out the 2016 class for the time being. Neal has not given a timeline for a decision just yet, but his top five choices include SU, plus Boston College, Duke, Mississippi State and Wake Forest. If he came to Syracuse, he'd be slotted into the H-back position.
Holloway, on the other hand, has now visited campus two separate times, and seems to be trending in the Orange's direction based on a recent assessment from Scout. He'd announced his top-10 over a week ago, with SU included on a list with schools ranging from Old Dominion and Temple to Michigan State and Arizona State (among others). Holloway would be Syracuse's third DE addition for 2016, along with Noel Brouse and deferred 2015 commit Brandon Ginnetti.
We'll keep an eye out on both players in the coming weeks, with the hope of hearing some good news for Syracuse soon. While there are no timelines just yet, Holloway was actively discussing his decision following his visit -- looking to ask 2015 Syracuse basketball signee Malachi Richardson some questions (likely regarding campus and the athletic program).