Obviously the Syracuse Orange football program is going after the best prospects. But it also doesn’t hurt to target some legacies at the same time.
That’s one of the ideas behind offering Marvin Harrison Jr. -- which Dino Babers’s staff did on Thursday. Harrison’s not rated yet, but that makes sense for a 2021 prospect. He’s currently at La Salle College in Pennsylvania and is already 6-foot-3 and 174 pounds.
If Harrison were to commit (at any point in the next couple years), he’d be the second legacy on the roster, along with Kevin Johnson Jr. — currently a walk-on as part of the 2018 class. The elder Harrison, who once held most receiving records at Syracuse before Steve Ishmael and Ervin Philips broke them all, was on campus to see the younger Kevin Johnson during the Orange’s spring game last month.
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While Harrison Jr. is only preparing for the second season of his high school career -- at the same program that produced three-time SU captain Zaire Franklin, by the way -- it appears Johnson Jr. has his sights set on a second generation of Harrison-Johnson teammates.
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In fact, Syracuse spent $13 million on football during the 2003 season. The nation’s leader, Ohio State, reported $16.1 million in expenses. Since then, our review found, Syracuse has lagged behind the rate at which other major college football programs spent. As its revenues have grown, thanks to its membership into the ACC in 2013, it increased its spending by 69.2 percent over the past 14 years.
Syracuse lost its final five games. The Orange suffered narrow defeats at Miami and Florida State before giving up 162 points during their final three games to Wake Forest, Louisville and Boston College. It was another poor finish to the season after Syracuse lost its final four games in 2016. Babers placed an emphasis on improving player conditioning and discipline during spring practice.
Tyus Battle worked out for the Los Angeles Clippers this week and could also work out for other NBA teams before leaving for Chicago next week. Gary Battle said his son played well during the Clippers workout. There had been some discussion about whether Battle would work out for teams before the combine, but Gary Battle said Tyus “really wanted” to participate in workouts.
“He’s our Carmelo Anthony, our Jim Brown, our Ernie Davis,” SU head coach Chris Fox said. “He’s changed our program. Carmelo changed (the basketball team), they won a national championship with Carmelo. Justyn changed ours, he raised the bar high.”
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