The Syracuse Orange capped off National Signing Day in relatively quick fashion, with all 18 of SU’s remaining commits signing within three hours after the opening 7 a.m. ET window. Of Syracuse’s 22 commits – including the four who previously signed and are already on campus – 11 are primarily offensive players.
Tommy DeVito, QB
DeVito’s arriving to compete for the starting job at Syracuse, though it’s likely that will wait at least another season. As we saw with even an experienced college quarterback like Eric Dungey, Dino Babers’s system does take a little time to get a handle on.
Allen Stritzinger, RB
The running back spot was one of trouble and concern for Syracuse in 2016, so reinforcements are much appreciated as this class tries to rebuild some depth there. With two returning running backs on the roster (Moe Neal, Dontae Strickland), there will be ample opportunities for inbound guys like Stritzinger to make a contribution right away.
Markenzy Pierre, RB
Pierre is already a bigger back in high school, so some time in a college weight room should only help him go from 218 pounds to around 230. Even at 218, though, he’s a quick runner who lists a 4.5-second 40-yard dash time on his Hudl page.
Russell Thompson-Bishop, WR
More than stars or anything else, Thompson-Bishop’s skill set fits what this offense wants to do. It’s likely he’ll redshirt just the same in 2017, to wait the departures of a few big names on the depth chart. Then the floodgates open for him and every young receiver on this team the following spring.
Programming note: Look for a Q&A with Thompson-Bishop to be published at some point next week.
Cameron Jordan, WR
Jordan’s a tall target who should be able to manhandle quite a few defensive backs if he can put on a little more muscle at SU. While he may not be jumping in to immediately fill the void left by Amba Etta-Tawo, you can see right away that there’s a comparison to be made.
Sharon Johnson, WR
At 5’11”, Johnson is projected to primarily work as a slot receiver in Dino Babers’ offense, but it isn’t out of the question he could see work as an outside receiver as well.
Nykeim Johnson, WR
The similarities between Johnson and recent graduate Brisly Estime are eerie. Both stand at exactly 5’9”. Both are prototypical slot receivers. And both can also serve as kickoff and punt returners on special teams as well.
Ravian Pierce, TE
Pierce is rated four stars and the No. 3 tight end, and No. 21 prospect, in the JUCO Class of 2017 by 247Sports. He caught 50 passes for 426 yards and two touchdowns last season at Southwest Mississippi.
Aaron Hackett, TE
With Syracuse returning zero scholarship tight ends next season, Hackett – along with Pierce – will have the opportunity to contribute immediately as a true freshman. Hackett is rated the No. 83 tight end by 247Sports.
Dakota Davis, OT
Davis is a hard-nosed player who simply loves the physicality that comes with working in the trenches, telling the Howard County Times his favorite part about being a lineman is, “pancaking people and making them quit.”
Patrick Davis, OT
Patrick Davis (no relation to Dakota Davis) is rated three stars and the No. 169 offensive tackle in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports. While it’s unlikely the Canadian big man sees much – if any – playing time, he could potentially develop into a key contributor down the road.