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Syracuse football recruiting: Orange gain commitment from RB Yasin Willis

The top running back in New Jersey is always a welcome addition.

Syndication: The Record Chris Pedota, / USA TODAY NETWORK

On the recruiting trail, Fran Brown continues to push the envelope as the head coach of the Syracuse Orange. This weekend Syracuse hosted a number of high profile recruits and it seems a number were impressed with the staff and campus, enough to commit Sunday night. The first flip of the evening was WR Jaylan Hornsby, another New Jersey standout. It was followed a few hours later by the commitment from running back Yasin Willis, a former Pittsburgh commit who is now about to wear Orange.

Willis is a 6-foot-1, 220lb running back from the Garden State. he’s rated as the top in his position coming out of New Jersey and is the No. 10 rated player overall according to Composite Rankings. He’s also the third highest rated commit to the Orange this season, with holdover commit, TE Jaime Tremble and the aforementioned Hornsby the only players ahead of him in the class. With that ranking, he’s also a Top 500 national prospect, which is always a good range to be bringing kids in from, and one the Orange has been lacking in recent seasons, the last being Enrique Cruz in 2021.

The additions bring the Syracuse class up into the Top 50 in the country as well, at 49 on the year, marking the highest rated class since at least 2019. The final number that year was 47 in the country, so the Orange is close to matching that. Though for some reason, it doesn’t feel like Brown and his staff are done improving the class just yet.

Early signing day is December 20th, the first day recruits can sign their official Letter of Intent to the schools they are verbally committing to.