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Get to Know Your Orange Man: #58 DL Denis Jaquez Jr.

Another member of the “guy that would’ve been nice to have if it wasn’t for the injury” club

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 13 Syracuse at Louisville Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s time to start preparing for the upcoming Syracuse Orange football season. We’re going through the roster to take a look at each Syracuse player as we get ready for a critical season for the Orange.

Up next is….

Name: Denis Jaquez Jr.

Position: Defensive Line

Year: Sophomore

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 240 lbs.

Hometown: Richland, N.J.

High school: St. Augustine Prep

2022 stats: A rotation player as a true freshman, Jaquez played in the first six games of the season, totaling three tackles and a 0.5 sack. An arm injury forced him to miss the last half of the year.

2023 projections: Jaquez will be needed on a defensive line that is bound to heavily rotate as usual in the 3-3-5. Breaking into that rotation as a true freshman last year is no small feat, so the assumption should be that Jaquez will once again play in some capacity in every game.

How’d he get here?: Originally a Northwestern commit, Syracuse flipped him late as he committed on early signing day.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars all around. On3, ESPN and Rivals had Jaquez as a top-20 player in New Jersey.

Money quote: Sounds like a former Orange player had a hand in flipping Jaquez to Syracuse

“I noticed that I had a couple of official visits left,” Jaquez said. “I had an ex teammate that is currently on the Syracuse roster (Duce Chestnut). He told me to come out and explore my options. So I did and I loved it.”

Twitter feed: @jaquez_denis

Instagram feed: @jaquez_denis

Tweets/Instas of wonder: Last time we saw Jaquez, he was wearing an air cast on his arm. His arms look fine here.

Interesting nugget o’interest: Perhaps Jaquez is putting a good word in for his younger brother Dariel, a 2027 recruit who was at a Syracuse camp earlier this month.

Let’s get a look at ya: Even if it’s in a spring scrimmage against the twos, Jaquez looks healthy and ready to go.