With signing day looming, there are many prospects that have yet to decide. Several of those are on Syracuse's radar. CuseNation.com calculates the likelihood of each prospect signing with the Orange.
The scale is 1-star to 5-stars, with 5-stars being most likely the prospect will sign with Syracuse.
Malik Brown - 3 stars: Brown is genuinely confused with his decision between SU, UT and USF, as he told us on Monday. As of Tuesday morning, we reached out and he let us know that he has not made any further progress on a decision. The good news is that he maintains his commitment to Syracuse and the Orange has a slight lead as of right now. The bad news is that Brown may not have his final decision in by tomorrow, and this could extend further into the week. My hunch was that if he remained committed to SU after his Tennessee visit he would stick, and it seems to be the case a day before LOI's storm in. Stay tuned here...
Akeem Jones – 2-stars: Jones has athleticism and speed that the Orange are clearly trying to add to the quarterback position. However, Jones has been silent since Syracuse visited last week. The new staff may have backed off with so few spots available. He likely looks elsewhere.
Kendall Moore – 5-stars: The Chicago native loved his visit to Syracuse. He is also considering Western Michigan, Illinois, and Oklahoma. However, Illinois appears to just be an in-state courtesy and he never visited Oklahoma. Syracuse should be able to beat out Western Michigan without a problem. His relationship with the Orange coaches is a big factor here.
Duron Singleton - 4 stars: The JUCO DB is through with visits and sounded like an Orange lean last we spoke to him. Missouri is no slouch, and they swiped Harold Brantley last year at about this time, but this will be the return shot. It's not a "done deal" as they say, but Singleton is the easier to peg of the two players on his roster with considerable Syracuse interest and he may be the final DB piece in the class of 2013 puzzle.
Laray Smith - 2 stars: Once John Anselmo bolted for Buffalo, we knew Brooklyn's best offensive player would be tough for SU to land. Still, it seemed like the Orange held the inside track until the last week or so - when strong pushes from Indiana and UConn resulted in a tough decision for Smith. He ended up at Indiana for the final official visit weekend and fell in love with the place and everything surrounding his prospects of attending IU. While the Hoosiers are the clear leaders here, the only other option should he change his mind in the next 24 hours will be to the school he nearly committed to on more than one occasion in this cycle.
Reggie Spearman – 3-stars: Moore's teammate is having a hard time making a decision between Syracuse, Illinois, and Iowa. Many consider him to be an Iowa lean, but the Orange are definitely in the mix. This is a classic 50/50 toss-up.
Simeon Thomas – 1-star: With Duron Singleton and Donnell Vercher in the mix, Syracuse backed off of the Miami (FL) product. He never visited last weekend as originally planned, and therefore the Orange are not a likely option, especially with how things stand with the two JUCO safeties.
Donnell Vercher - 3 stars: Of course the other side of the coin with the Fresno duo is Vercher. Harder to contact, and much harder to peg. He's technically a Fresno State commit, but he's also technically down to Wisconsin and Syracuse. He was in Madison over the weekend, which can't be bad news for the Badgers at this point. Still, the prospects of Vercher wanting to play with his good friend Singleton point to Syracuse because it's the only common school in each prospect's finalists.
CuseNation.com's John Garcia Jr. and Mike McAllister contributed to this report