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Syracuse football: Preferred walk-on WR Andrew Licciardi commits

Never hurts to have some more help.

NCAA Football: Central Michigan at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Hard news around Syracuse Orange football’s high school recruiting efforts has slowed down a little of late, but the coaching staff is still hard at work in the background, as discussed on Monday.

Still, despite the lack of information around scholarship players out there right now, Syracuse has already added two walk-ons this week.

Yesterday, wide receiver Andrew Licciardi was the latest, according to his Twitter feed.

Licciardi, a 5-foot-10 and 175-pound slot receiver comes to us from East Greenwich High School in Rhode Island and will be a preferred walk-on, according to reporting from’s Stephen Bailey. As a pass-catcher at East Greenwich, he set just about every school record. Licciardi did not have any FBS offers for 2018, but saw overtures from Fordham, Rhode Island and Sacred Heart, among others. He was accepted to SU as a student first, then visited with coaching staff after to get the walk-on offer.

While Syracuse has been adding receivers in droves since Dino Babers arrived, it never hurts to add more -- especially if they don’t take up a scholarship just yet. Licciardi will be the fourth walk-on wide receiver on the roster this year, joining Ben Brickman, K.K. Hahn and Kevin Johnson Jr. (who probably has the angle on a scholarship should one become available to one of these wideouts).

As mentioned, Licciardi isn’t even the first walk-on to be added this week, though. He joins local (Corcoran) product Ryan Kisselstein, who will walk on at offensive tackle. Syracuse also welcomed another offensive tackle to the program last week in Texas A&M grad transfer — and Dino Babers son-in-law -- Koda Martin.