The Syracuse Orange’s early signing period should close with 15 signees and four verbal commits. Assuming the latter four are locked in, SU has three scholarships remaining for 2018.
Before we get into what priorities might look like for the next month or so, here’s who’s in the door right now:
QB: Chance Amie
WR: Edward Hendrix, Taj Harris, Anthony Queeley, Cooper Lutz
TE: Gabe Horan
OL: Qadir White, Willem Froumy, Carlos Vettorello
LB: Tre Allison, Juan Wallace, Lakiem Williams
DB: Trill Williams, Cameron Jonas, Dre Cisco
RB: Akeem Dixon, Jawhar Jordan
WR: Kevin Johnson Jr.
LB: Ja’Quirius Smith
As you likely noticed, Johnson committed yesterday, and the legacy prospect would seem like a strong lock despite having offers from Florida and Colorado. Akeem Dixon hasn’t updated much since he initially pledged to the Orange, while Jawhar jordan said he was “1000 percent committed” on Wednesday but would sign in February. He was also recently offered by Texas.
Ja’Quirius Smith is still committed to SU, according to Orange Fizz.
Assuming those four spots are definite additions, where else is Syracuse looking over the next month to fill out the other three?
Tyrone Sampson is the obvious name at the top of the list, even after he reopened his recruitment this week. If no bigger names enter the race beyond Indiana and Cincinnati, I like Syracuse’s odds (provided they’re still pursuing him). But the one-time “lock” is no sure thing for the Orange anymore. If we don’t get Sampson, we may move on from the offensive line this cycle.
Obviously Syracuse could use some help here with zero players in the door and a surprising strikeout on Randy Charlton (who spurned both SU and Indiana for FIU) on Wednesday. Connor Parks is the top name right now, despite the fact that he seems very likely to head to Southern Miss come National Signing Day.
Beyond Parks, SU will likely be looking at JUCO players to fill the rest of the gaps. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though it doesn’t really build long-term depth the way the Orange need it to.
Can never have enough help here. There aren’t any headline names that Syracuse is pursuing right now, but that could change.
Have any unsigned players you’d like to see the Orange go after? Or any positions of need beyond the ones outlined above? Weigh in below.