The Syracuse Orange had an unsurprising National Signing Day outside of the late get of Mykelti Williams. So in terms of players and rankings, we knew where we stood and that we weren’t shifting much with the events of February 1.
Still, it’s good to see Syracuse’s 2017 class finish 11th overall in the ACC, and even higher up if you look at the per-recruit averages (instead of the total score) on the 247 Sports composite rankings.
Syracuse showed progress this year by out-battling several “better” schools for top recruits in the class. Tommy DeVito (Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Washington State), Ravian Pierce (LSU, Mississippi State), Ifeatu Melifonwu (Michigan), Nadarius Fagan (Alabama, LSU, USC, Louisville) and Kingsley Jonathan (Florida State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech) were all pursued by major programs, but SU held on.
Without a full class of 25, the Orange were 10th in per-player average in the ACC, and very close to Georgia Tech in ninth. It was solid work all around for Syracuse in year two of the Dino Babers era.
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