Syracuse has had eleven uncommitted prospects on campus over the last couple of weekends. Two have committed to Syracuse (John Miller and Trevon Trejo), and one committed to Oregon (Joe Walker). The other eight prospects are still considering their options. CuseNation.com has evaluated where things stand and the likelihood they choose to play for the Orange.
The scaled is 1-star to 5-stars, with 5-stars being most likely the prospect will commit to Syracuse.
JUCO LB Luke Arciniega - 4-stars: The JUCO linebacker was blown away by his visit. He loved the coaches, the atmosphere, and the players. It seemed to be three team race between Syracuse, BYU, and Memphis. However, Miami came calling on Sunday, which caused Arciniega to cancel his BYU visit. He had legit interest in Miami, but a recent development that they can't get him on campus until January has seemingly eliminated the Hurricanes. He will take a visit to Memphis this weekend, and a decision should come shortly after that. Syracuse is in a great position here after Doug Marrone and Greg Adkins paid him a visit on Tuesday.
DE/LB Malik Brown - 3-stars: Brown was also blown away by SU on his official visit, and he has been pleasantly surprised and a bit flattered at the attention he's getting from the staff even before the trip. Both Scott Shafer and Steve Morrison paid the Floridian a visit in his house before Brown flew up. The only competition here is Mississippi State and South Florida - which have consistently been in the hybrid player's top three along with SU. He will likely visit each school officially, so the hint of an Orange lean could move in the other direction quite quickly depending on those trips.
JUCO DB Doug Elliot - 2-stars: Elliot is an interesting case. He officially visited Syracuse and put the Orange atop his list immediately after the trip. The thought was that he was simply waiting on the chance - a scholarship offer - to call Syracuse his new home. The downside is that he has been back in California for some time and the offer has yet to arrive. Despite the SU staff urging Elliot's camp not to panic, the defensive back is considering other options in a hurry. An offer could salvage things, but the timing will be critical.
JUCO S Darius Kelly - 2-stars: A Marshall commit, Kelly enjoyed his visit to Syracuse. With the Orange looking for a JUCO safety, he is a bit of a priority. Normally, Syracuse should win battles going head to head with Marshall. However, Kelly really likes the Thundering Herd. He made sure he mentioned the visit didn't change his commitment as of yet. While he still wants to discuss his options with his family, the Orange are on the outside looking in it seems.
JUCO LB Josh Kirkland - 5-stars: Syracuse is Kirkland's only division one offer, though he has interest from Houston and Texas State. While he did not commit on the trip, he couldn't say enough about how much he enjoyed the trip. He put Syracuse on top and the Orange seem to be in a great position with the JUCO outside linebacker. It would be surprising if he ended up elsewhere.
DE/OLB Ebenezer Ogundeko - 2-stars: Ebo has been the top target on the board for some time, and he's seemingly done with official visits (he has taken four and the allotment is five). Syracuse did a good job scheduling him for the final trip, which he took last weekend, and it helped the Orange get right back at the top of the race for his services along with Clemson and Florida. Still, the journey for SU to get Ogundeko's signature is a long one. Over the next three-plus weeks, he will have to stave off temptations to check out another school officially while deciding what conference he wants to play in and which school has the best combination of what he wants. While Clemson will be tough to beat, at least we know he'll be wearing some shade of orange next fall.
CB Cleshawn Page - 3-stars: Page loved his official to Syracuse. He wanted to take other visits to compare to the Orange, and that's what he's done. He visited Utah State this past weekend and said it went well. He still has a possible official to South Florida coming up soon, and should decide soon after that. Still, Syracuse is in a great spot for the JUCO cornerback. They blew him away with the business school and the facilities. However, the fact that he's still taking visits bumps things down slightly. Recently, Boise State offered and Page is now visiting them this weekend. The Broncos have missed on a few corners and will likely go hard after the speeder defender. Syracuse is still in a solid position, and a lot could ride on the visit to Boise.
RB Laray Smith - 4-stars: The speedy running back nearly pulled the trigger on his official visit to the hill, but pulled back to make sure it's the right choice. He will now take some time off of recruiting, and the dead contact period will benefit SU here, as he prepares for the Semper Fi All-American game in California. Smith plans to announce there, and it would take a big-time effort from a school like Tennessee or Oregon to sway him. That's not likely, so he's most likely to pledge Orange in three weeks especially considering the fact that he doesn't have any other trips planned.
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CuseNation.com's Mike McAllister and John Garcia Jr. contributed to this report