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Syracuse Footballl Recruiting: Breaking Down a Massive Recruiting Weekend

Syracuse football hosted nearly 50 recruits this weekend, so who are the key names to keep an eye on?

Running back Allen Stritzinger is just one of several three-star recruits who took a visit to Syracuse this weekend.
Running back Allen Stritzinger is just one of several three-star recruits who took a visit to Syracuse this weekend.

Since Dino Babers was hired as Syracuse's new football coach, he and his staff have quickly got to work on the recruiting trail. After hosting 21 recruits last week, Syracuse football had nearly 50 visit this weekend.

With multiple high profile three-star recruits in town, here are the biggest names to remember:

Syracuse Football:

C.J. Holmes, ATH: While running back is Holmes' primary position, he's listed as an athlete due to his versatility in being able to play multiple positions, including: running back, linebacker, and safety. Holmes is listed at 6'0" and 190 pounds and two of his biggest strengths are "running ability" and "closing speed," according to Scout. Holmes is listed as a 4-star recruit on Scout, 3-star on 24/7 and Rivals, and unranked on ESPN.

In addition to Syracuse, Holmes has received offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Mississippi State, Rutgers, Tennessee, and Temple. The highly-rated recruit told Scout's Mike McAllister he was impressed overall with his visit to Syracuse, and developed a strong bond with running backs coach Mike Hart.

Allen Stritzinger, RB: Similar to Holmes, Stritzinger's primary position in high school is also running back, and his physical attributes closely Homles' as well. Stritzinger measures in at 6'0" and 183 pounds, and also has impressive speed having run an estimated 4.52 40-yard dash, according to Scout. Stritzinger is listed as a 4-star recruit on Scout, and 3-star on 24/7, Rivals, and ESPN. Stritzinger also cracked Scout's top-300 recruits in the country rankings at No. 240

While Stritzinger didn't hold a scholarship offer from Syracuse prior to his visit, not surprisingly, he left with an offer in hand Saturday. Stritzinger, who had relationships with many members of the current staff when they previously recruited him to Bowling Green and Western Michigan, told McAllister he's "high on Syracuse" and plans to return.

Eric Coley, ATH:

Coley is another three-star recruit who has experience playing multiple positions – primarily corner back and strong safety, according to his HUDL page. However, at 6'0" 175 pounds and having ran an estimated 4.52 40-yard dash, according to Scout, Coley also possess the necessary size and speed to work as a slot receiver on offense, if need be.

Coley, whose father is Orange defensive line coach Vince Reynolds, received a scholarship offer from Syracuse during his visit, his seventh offer total. In addition to Syracuse, Coley now holds offers from: Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Toledo, Utah State, Buffalo, and Ball State. Coley told McAllister he's "pumped" about receiving an offer from Syracuse, and "thinks highly" of Babers and his staff.

Tayon Fleet-Davis, RB: Fleet-Davis is another high priority running back for Syracuse. The Maryland three-star recruit measures in at 5'11" and 205 pounds, and is more of a bruiser running back than a small and shifty one. Fleet-Davis previously received a scholarship offer from Syracuse on February 3, and currently holds offers from ten schools, including Maryland, Rutgers, Indiana, and Iowa.

Fleet-Davis was reportedly in awe of Syracuse's rich football history, according to Rival's Scott Brown. In fact, while he isn't ready to commit just yet, Fleet-Davis told McAllister Syracuse is firmly in his top-five.

Cameron Sullivan-Brown, WR: Sullivan-Brown had an extensive list of 20 offers prior to his weekend visit. That number increased to 21 after Syracuse finally pulled the trigger and offered the three-star wide receiver. Sullivan-Brown, another Maryland product, is a tall red zone threat at 6'1". However, at just 175 pounds, he'll need to bulk up in order to compete with bigger bodies at the collegiate level.

Despite his slender frame, Scout's analysis says Sullivan-Brown "plays physical" and "makes tough catches look easy." The three-star receiver could have an immediate impact as Syracuse's offense has lacked a dominant passing game for years.

The other three-star recruits who visited are:

  • Jairus Grissom, ATH: received a scholarship offer
  • DeCavilon Reese, RB: received a scholarship offer
  • Brandon Sebastian, CB/S: received a scholarship offer from previous staff; offer was reaffirmed by current staff
  • Jahmin Muse, ATH: did not receive a scholarship offer
  • Samuel Vretman, OT: did not receive a scholarship offer