Syracuse Recruiting Big Board

The new Syracuse staff is in hot pursuit of many talented 2014 prospects. However, a few have emerged as being the most coveted by the Orange. CuseNation.com takes a look at the big board inside.

Recruiting for the 2014 class is in full swing as Syracuse looks to make a big impact during Scott Shafer's first full year as the head coach. While the offer list is approaching 150, there are ten prospects that are the biggest priority for the Orange going forward.

Chad Mavety
Position:
Offensive Tackle
School (City, State):
Nassau Community College (Garden City, NY)
Rating:
4-star
The latest:
Syracuse continues to recruit Chad Mavety hard, contacting him Facebook, letters, and even visiting him at Nassau Community College. While he remains the top target on the Orange's board, they are in for quite a battle. Ohio State recently joined the impressive offer list that also includes Alabama, Florida State, Miami, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M among others.

Syracuse will likely be in this one to the end, mainly it was Mavety's dream school growing up. The final decision will ultimately come down to whether he follows his heart to Syracuse or makes a business decision to join a more prominent program.

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Zaire Franklin
Position:
Outside Linebacker
School (City, State):
La Salle College High (Wyndmoor, PA)
Rating:
3-star
The latest:
Zaire Franklin has been heavily pursued by Syracuse since he was offered in March. There was talk he could commit during a visit that was planned shortly after, however he was unable to make the trip due to a family emergency. Since then, he took in the Orange campus during their spring game and came away impressed.

Michigan has recently entered the mix but have not offered yet. Several schools are after him, but Franklin says he speaks to someone from the Syracuse staff on a weekly basis. He is in the process of planning another summer visit. The Orange figure to be in it with Franklin until the end, and should be considered among the favorites to land the 3-star linebacker.

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Steve Ishmael
Position:
Wide Receiver
School (City, State):
North Miami Beach High (North Miami Beach, FL)
Rating:
Not Rated
The latest:
Syracuse is in on some high profile wide receivers include a few four star prospects. However, arguably their most coveted player at the position is Steve Ishmael. George McDonald has been recruiting him for years and has a great relationship with the 6-foot-2 prospect. Quarterback commit A.J. Long thinks very highly of Ishmael as well.

However, other schools are starting to take notice during the evaluation period. The Syracuse staff still feels good about their position with the talented receiver, but will continue to recruit Ishmael hard as his decision could come before the summer ends.

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K.J. Williams
Position:
Wide Receiver
School (City, State):
Liberty High (Bethlehem, PA)
Rating:
4-star
The latest:
The K.J. Williams saga has been full of mystery. He originally told his cousin, A.J. Long, that if Syracuse offered he would commit so the two could realize their dream of playing together at the college level. However, Michigan really impressed during an unofficial visit.

Williams has since visited Syracuse and enjoyed that as well. Notre Dame entered the mix at one point, but the Wolverines and Orange are the two at the top right now. A decision is expected sometime soon, but he has avoided the media since visiting Syracuse.

Michigan should be considered the favorite, but the Orange covet the talented receiver and will continue to make a hard push to land the 4-star prospect. Williams and Ishmael are the top two targets at wide receiver.

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Thomas Holley
Position:
Defensive End
School (City, State):
Lincoln High (Brooklyn, NY)
Rating:
4-star
The latest:
Thomas Holley has one of the most impressive offer lists in the country. However, he seems to have a desire to stay close to home. That suggests a northeast school. He has already visited Penn State and has yet to be on the Syracuse campus.

The Orange staff things very highly of Holley and stay in touch with him regularly. They will continue to go hard after the talented defensive lineman. Getting him to visit could be the key to Syracuse staying in this one.

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Cortez McDowell
Position:
Safety
School (City, State):
Locust Grove High (Locust Grove, GA)
Rating:
4-star
The latest:
Syracuse was the first to offer Cortez McDowell, who has blown up since the spring began. Now up over 20 offers, McDowell has maintained that the Orange will make the cut when he trims his list. The staff continues to stay in touch with the 4-star safety in hopes of landing the coveted prospect.

Tennessee, Florida State, and Auburn lead for his services right now, but Syracuse is in the mix. Official visits could be critical here.

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Curtis Samuel
Position:
Running Back
School (City, State):
Erasmus Hall High (Brooklyn, NY)
Rating:
3-star
The latest:
Over the last few years, Syracuse has started to make up some lost ground in New York City. In 2014, there are some very talented players in that area that the Orange have offered. One that they believe is an athletic freak is Curtis Samuel.

Syracuse has recruited him very hard, but have not received reciprocated interest. He recently released a top five, and the Orange were not on the list. Despite that, Syracuse is not giving up and will continue to pursue Samuel. They are on the outside looking in, however.

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Eric Shute
Position:
Offensive Guard
School (City, State):
Glenbard West High (Glen Ellyn, NY)
Rating:
3-star
The latest:
Shute visited Syracuse during their spring game and came away impressed. In fact, he named Syracuse and North Carolina State his leaders after the trip. Since then he's added a few new offers, including Arkansas.

The Orange are in a very good position here and will continue to pursue Shute. A decision is expected by the end of summer and Syracuse should be in all the way.

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Lamar Dawson
Position:
Cornerback
School (City, State):
St. Rita High (Chicago, IL)
Rating:
3-star
The latest:
Syracuse offered Dawson within the last couple of weeks, and are already in a great position. Dawson announced a top three of Syracuse, Michigan State, and Cincinnati shortly after the Orange offered. He is looking to visit soon, and will be deciding by the end of June.

There is word that the Michigan State offer may not be committable without a strong performance at a camp. That could eliminate the Spartans if Dawson does not make it to East Lansing. If Syracuse is able to get Dawson on campus, a commitment is possible.

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Corey Holmes
Position:
Wide Receiver
School (City, State):
St. Thomas Acquinas High (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Rating:
4-star
The latest:
Corey Holmes has a Syracuse connection in that his father played for the Orange in the late 80s. However, Holmes is one of the most talented and sought after wide receiver prospects in the country.

Holmes maintains he is still wide open. George McDonald's Florida prowess could be key here for the Orange to stay in it among college football's elite. He was scheduled to visit during Syracuse's spring game, but flight issues derailed those plans. A visit will give the Orange a chance to wow Holmes.

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