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Syracuse Football Recruiting: Nine Players From Cass Tech Visiting This Weekend

Forget New York, Syracuse is attempting to establish a pipeline to a Michigan high school powerhouse.

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National Signing Day has come and gone and Dino Babers and his coaching staff are already focusing on recruiting for the 2017 and 2018 classes. In an attempt to widen Syracuse's reach, Babers is set to host nine players from Cass Technical this weekend. The Orange already have one Cass Tech player coming to Syracuse in three-star linebacker Tim Walton, a 2016 recruit.

Cass Tech, based in Detroit, is one of the most prolific high school football programs in the country, most recently winning the state championship in both 2011 and 2012. Many former players go on to play D-1 football, and some even reach the NFL.

Here are the nine players set to visit Syracuse this weekend:

Donovan Johnson, cornerback – Class of 2017: Johnson is ranked as a 4-star recruit by Rivals, and a 3-star recruit by ESPN, 24/7, and Scout. Estimated running a 4.41 40-yard dash, Johnson posses tremendous speed which allows him to keep up with almost any receiver. In addition to Syracuse, Johnson currently holds offers from Central Michigan, Tennessee, Cincinnati, and Toledo.

Jordan Reid, offensive guard – Class of 2017: Reid is ranked as a 3-star recruit by 24/7, Rivals, and Scout. He's currently unranked on ESPN. Standing at 6'5" and 270 pounds, Reid is a big body who could help bolster any team's offensive line. Unfortunately for Syracuse, Reid also holds offers from a long list of Power 5 schools, including the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, and Florida.

Zach Morton, outside linebacker – Class of 2017: Morton seems to be a complex prospect, as he's ranked as a 3-star outside linebacker by Scout, 2-star by Rivals, and is unranked on 24/7 and ESPN. From a physical stand point, Morton already possesses the necessary size, 6'3" 215 pounds, and speed, 4.66 40-yard dash, to play at the collegiate level. Morton has also been offered by Cincinnati, Iowa State, and Bowling Green.

Rodney Hall, dual-threat quarterback – Class of 2017: Hall is unranked across the board. While he's played quarterback in high school at Cass Tech, Hall may have to change positions in order to succeed at the collegiate level. At 6'2" and roughly 200 pounds, Hall definitely has the size necessary to switch to wide receiver, corner back, or even tight end. Outside of Syracuse, the only other offer Hall currently has is from Eastern Michigan.

Taron Young, inside linebacker – Class of 2017: Young is unranked across the board. Young plays both inside/middle linebacker and running back. He stands at 6'1 233 pounds, and runs a 4.77 40-yard dash. He currently does not have any offers at this time.

Otis Doss, outside linebacker – Class of 2017: Doss is unranked across the board. While he plays predominantly as an outside linebacker, he has experience playing inside as well, according to his HUDL page. Doss measures in at 6'0 210 pounds, and runs a 4.60 40-yard dash. He currently holds no offers from any schools at this time.

Donovan Williams, safety – Class of 2017: Williams is unranked across the board. Williams has experience playing both safety and wide receiver, according to HUDL. He stands at 6'2 178  pounds While he has the height necessary to develop into a D-1 player, he has a thin frame and will need to bulk up if he wants to succeed at the next level. Williams has yet to receive an offer yet.

Deandre Square, safety – Class of 2018: While currently unranked, Square has already received a scholarship offer from Cincinnati. Square has experience playing both safety and outside linebacker – in fact, it's interesting to note while Scout lists Square as a safety, Rivals lists him as an outside linebacker.

Kalon Gervin, cornerback – Class of 2018: Gervin will be the hottest name to be arriving in Syracuse from Cass Tech this weekend. Gervin is one of the fastest players in the country, his current 40-yard dash time is listed as a blazing 4.38. Despite being in the 2018 class, and not yet ranked, Gervin has already received offers from schools all across the country – including Big 10 power houses Michigan and Penn State.