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Syracuse recruiting: 4-star JUCO TE Ravian Pierece commits to Orange

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It’s been a busy 24 hours for Syracuse football.

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The Syracuse Orange football program has made its third addition in the last day or so. As first reported by Scout’s Mike McAllister, four-star junior college tight end Ravian Pierce has committed to SU.

Pierce, a former top-300 recruit, has been at Southwest Mississippi Community College for the past two years after he was unable to go straight to Mississippi State. He was committed to the Bulldogs until last month, when he visited Syracuse and other suitors. This past season, he caught 50 passes for 426 yards and two touchdowns at Southwest Mississippi.

Pierce, a Plantation, Fla. (Fort Lauderdale area) native, picked the Orange over offers from Oklahoma State, LSU, Oregon, Florida and a host of others. He visited Syracuse back on November 18, and the relationship he’s been able to create with Dino Babers and his staff ultimately won him over in the end.

The addition of Pierce makes it two tight ends now for the class of 2017 (the other being Aaron Hackett), and two JUCO players so far. Linebacker Ryan Guthrie (Ellsworth CC) signed yesterday after flipping from Tulane.

With Pierce, Guthrie and Notre Dame transfer Devin Butler all coming aboard in the last day or so, Syracuse seems to be closing strong as the recruiting (and transfer) season winds down. The team has three scholarships remaining for 2017, assuming every commit/transfer qualifies.

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Welcome, Ravian! Looking forward to seeing how this offense starts using tight ends a bit more in the passing game.