As the transfer portal swells to over 1,000 players, the Syracuse Orange must keep an eye on that list while preparing for the Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl.
Just to recap where things stand right now, the Orange have the following players leaving via the portal:
WR: Courtney Jackson, Anthony Queeley, Dom Foster
OL: Tyler Magnuson
DL: Josh Hough
With Early Signing Day coming up on December 21st, this is the list of current 2023 commits:
QB: LaNorris Sellers
RB: Ike Daniels, Muwaffaq Parkman
WR: Bryce Cohoon
TE: David Clement
OL: Jayden Bass, Lysander Moeleo- transfer from Navarro College
DL: Rashard Perry, Jalil Smith
LB: Zyian Moultrie-Goddard
It’s early but Syracuse has been mentioned with a couple of notable transfer targets in Virginia QB Brennan Armstrong (speculated reunion with Robert Anae and Jason Beck) and Rhode Island OL Ajani Cornelius. Cornelius, like Jared Verse last season, is getting big-time interest, but maybe the White Plains, NY native wants to play close to home?
Former Rhode Island offensive lineman Ajani Cornelius is the HOTTEST name in the transfer portal— On3 (@On3sports) December 1, 2022
The 6-foot-5, 310-pound sophomore has reported 16 offers during his first day in the portal https://t.co/xp09xRNDzx pic.twitter.com/7TsBAiy09D
One other transfer of interest is Rochester native and UConn running back Nathan Carter.
UConn RB Nathan Carter has entered the transfer portal. He ran for 405 yards on 6.2 yards per carry this year.— 247Sports Transfer Portal (@247SportsPortal) December 5, 2022
It doesn’t seem to be a position of need, but we all agree that the Orange could certainly use talent across the board so it’s worth mentioning these players despite positions. Two NY players should certainly warrant at least a conversation.
And speaking of position need, as a staff we’ve discussed the positions Syracuse should focus on in the portal. We don’t have a consensus but we’ve all identified OL, DL, WR, LB and CB as areas to address.
If you look at the commit list you can see that Syracuse has one JUCO offensive lineman coming in and a lot of young players on the roster, but is anyone ready to step into Matthew Bergeron’s spot? It seems like the best case scenario here would be to find an experienced college left tackle to anchor the line, which will be replacing three starters.
Defensive line depth was an issue this year and the Orange have some promising young ends, but another interior player would be a welcome addition for 2023. The same issue arises with WR and CB where younger players seem ready to step in, but can you afford to turn down interested talent? We saw that transfers DeVaughn Cooper, D’Marcus Adams, and Alijah Clark were all contributors this fall, even if the Orange add players to help on special teams while the 2023 class spends time adapting to the college game.
This list is subject to change pending additional departures to the Draft or the portal, but what position (s) would you like to see Syracuse address before January?