The 2018 Syracuse Orange recruiting class is off and running, but also far from finalized. Still, it’s never too early to start looking ahead to 2019, to see the types of players that Dino Babers is targeting for his fourth SU class.
Rivals released its initial top 250 rankings this week. These can certainly shift significantly between today and National Signing Day 18 months from now. But it’s a good place to start framing the conversation. Who are the big recruiting names to look out for, and which programs might Syracuse be fighting a few battles with.
We’ve identified the players with Syracuse offers below, with additional info on offers as well. Grouped out by where they fall in the list:
10. Devyn Ford, RB (Stafford, Va.)
Top offers: Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio State, Virginia Tech
29. Shane Lee, ILB (Baltimore)
Top offers: Clemson, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State
45. Faatui Tuitele, DT (Honolulu)
Top offers: Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, USC
47. Joshua Sanguinetti, S (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Top offers: Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), Ohio State, Stanford
Notes: Top-50 is probably above our weight class, but you’re seeing some of the areas we continue to dip back into as well, like Ft. Lauderdale, and the DMV. Tuitele getting an offer out of Hawaii is an interesting choice, but Dino Babers is also from there. If a non-West Coast team stands a chance, perhaps it’s the Orange.
57. Antonio Alfano, DE (Rahway, N.J.)
Top offers: Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Penn State
59. John Olmstead, OT (Metuchen, N.J.)
Top offers: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers
70. David Bell, WR (Indianapolis)
Top offers: Iowa, Louisville, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State
77. Isaiah Williams, ATH (St. Louis)
Top offers: Alabama, Clemson, Missouri, Oregon, Ohio State
85. Keon Zipperer, TE (Lakeland, Fla.)
Top offers: Auburn, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Ohio State
87. Tyler Scott, S (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Top offers: Louisville, Miami (FL), Mississippi State, NC State, Stanford
98. Marcus Washington, WR (St. Louis)
Top offers: Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio State, Nebraska
Notes: Again, more areas where Syracuse has found recruiting success in the past. Getting back into top New Jersey battles appears to be a priority with this class. And again, more Florida kids to continue the team’s push toward speed. We have current players from Ft. Lauderdale and Lakeland, so that helps sell the idea of coming up to CNY a bit.
116. Marvin Grant, S (Detroit)
Top offers: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame
117. Lewis Cine, S (Everett, Mass.)
Top offers: Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee, Wisconsin
128. Ronnie Hickman, ATH (Wayne, N.J.)
Top offers: Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State
146. Cam'Ron Kelly, CB (Chesapeake, Va.)
Top offers: Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Penn State, Virginia
147. Jared Mangham, RB (Detroit)
Top offers: Clemson, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon
Notes: Detroit and the greater Michigan area have become a huge source of talent for the Orange, so this group sees two offers from the city. The second, Mangham, actually attends Cass Tech -- where Zach Morton and Tim Walton come from.
154. Patrick Garwo, RB (Fairless Hills, Penn.)
Top offers: Maryland, North Carolina, Rutgers, Virginia, Wisconsin
147. Enokk Vimahi, OT (Kahuku, Hawaii)
Top offers: Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Utah
169. Khris Bogle, DE (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Top offers: Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Miami (FL), Oklahoma
172. Nyquee Hawkins, CB (Orange, N.J.)
Top offers: Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, Virginia Tech
173. Jalani Williams, ATH (St. Louis)
Top offers: Iowa, Louisville, Nebraska, UCLA, Wisconsin
188. Ramel Keyton, WR (Marietta, Ga.)
Top offers: Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, Miami (FL)
189. Cameron Williams, OLB (Merrillville, Ind.)
Top offers: Arkansas State, Boston College, Iowa State, Northern Illinois
192. Omar Speights, DE (Philadelphia)
Top offers: Duke, Kentucky, Rutgers, Missouri, Tennessee
Notes: Good mix in here, with talent from up and down the coast, plus Indianapolis and St. Louis. Vimahi’s the second of three Hawaii targets on this list. Looking at the current offers highlighted, players like Cameron Williams and Omar Speights could be slightly more attainable than many others in the 250.
201. Maninoa Tufono, LB (Honolulu)
Top offers: Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington
213. Derrian Brown, RB (Buford, Ga.)
Top offers: Louisville, Michigan State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
218. Mikel Jones, LB (Bradenton, Fla.)
Top offers: Clemson, Georgia, Louisville, Utah, West Virginia
223. Moses Douglas, CB (Springfield, Ohio)
Top offers: Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Rutgers, Ohio State
244. Tykee Smith, S (Philadelphia)
Top offers: Rutgers, Temple, West Virginia
Notes: Hawaii again, but as long as USC’s involved, I’m not too hopeful. And it’s interesting that the second Philadelphia target here, Smith, isn’t super heavily recruited. According to 247Sports, however, Penn State is interested (but hasn’t offered).
Total state-by-state breakdown:
Florida (6), New Jersey (4), Hawaii (3), Missouri (3), Virginia (3), Georgia (2), Indiana (2), Michigan (2), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (1), Ohio (1)
Florida and NJ atop the list make sense, but certainly a surprise to see Hawaii all the way up there. Increased focus in St. Louis and the DMV area (four for Maryland/Virginia) seems smart, and something we’re already seeing in the 2018 class with D.C.-area commits.
Anything else stand out? Weigh in below.