The Syracuse Orange football program has been very busy on the recruiting trail, as you're aware. Today, yet another 2017 player pledged to SU:
I'm blessed pic.twitter.com/SSkOHL6cYH— Curtis Harper 5⃣2️⃣ (@Neverdone_52) August 1, 2016
"Curse you, U of S!" (/shakes fist)
Curtis Harper, a two-star defensive tackle from McKeesport, Penn., comes in at 6-foot-2 and 302 pounds according to Scout. Harper chose Syracuse over offers from Boston College, Wake Forest, Iowa State and Toledo (who were also in his top five announced last month). He's the first defensive tackle to commit for 2017, and the second defensive lineman, along with defensive end Zach Morton.
That makes 17 commitments for Syracuse now in the 2017 cycle. SU has been at a pretty steady pace for months now, and along with Harper, also added tight end Aaron Hackett over the weekend. While there's technically just one scholarship left for this class, plenty of roster changes can happen, and it would seem the staff is operating under the assumption of a full class.
Harper's arrival at defensive tackle will be a welcome one as the team continues to rebuild depth along the line. As we discussed last week, the team simply needs more bodies. This year will at least build experience across the line, though, where there currently is none.
Highlights of Harper are below, for those interested.