State of Recruiting: Georgia

Throughout the evaluation period, Syracuse was working Georgia hard to find talented prospects to their 2014 class. Despite those efforts, the Orange are without a single commitment from the Peach State. breaks down where things stand inside.

The Peach State was a prime target for Syracuse during the evaluation period. Many offers have gone out, but not much has come of it as of yet.


Syracuse has yet to yield a commitment from a prospect in Georgia for the 2014 class. Given how many offers the Orange have in the state, that is a bit surprising.

Top Target

Cortez McDowell: Syracuse was the first to offer the four star safety, and his recruitment has blown up since. He now holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State, and many others. Do the Orange have a shot here? Not likely. He will keep them involved into cutting his list to ten mainly due to staying loyal to his first offer. But McDowell will likely move on and pick one of the schools previously mentioned.

Next Best Thing

Marshall could look to stay close to home

Andrew Marshall: The talented center is an interior lineman that Syracuse really likes. However, information on the 6-foot-4.5 prospect has been hard to come by. It remains to be seen where the Orange stand, but the thought is he will likely stay close to home.

Out of the Running

Lorenzo Carter: The five star defensive end hasn't officially eliminated Syracuse, but the writing is one the wall. He is focused on schools like Alabama, Notre Dame, Florida, Georgia, and Florida State.

Nick Ruffin: The four star corner is a solid verbal to Auburn. The Orange were never really involved here.

Myles Autry: The talented running back is focused on some of college football's elite. Syracuse is also looking at other running backs.

Andrew Williams: Another talented defensive end, Williams is also involved with many of the elite programs in the south.

Detric Dukes: Dukes originally was high on his Syracuse offer, but couldn't pass up a chance to play for the in-state Bulldogs.

Terry Googer: The three star tight end/wide receiver was never really considering Syracuse. He is focused on several schools, but not the Orange.

Allen Artis: Considering a Syracuse visit at one time, Artis is a solid commit to North Carolina.

Jordan Harris: The three star OT is a solid verbal to Mississippi State.

Dallas Rivers: Originally a running back the Orange really liked, he committed to Vanderbilt during an unofficial visit.

Kevin Mouhon: The middle linebacker is focused on other schools and the Orange are happy with their linebacker commitments and targets. Mouhon is not in their plans going forward.

Ty Tomlin: Similar to Mouhon, Syracuse is focused on other targets. Tomlin also moved on from the Orange a while ago.

Kirk Tucker: The Orange really like Tucker, but the two sides have sort of drifted apart as the recruiting process moved forward. Tucker now has a top five that doesn't include Syracuse.

Chris Murphy: The corner is looking at five schools and Syracuse is not one of them. The Orange were never really involved here.

The Rest of the Offerees

Thomas Wilson: Syracuse is one of the only schools that recruited Wilson as a cornerback. However, the Orange are more heavily involved with other prospects at the position. Wilson doesn't appear to be in the plans going forward.

Boyd could come into play down the road

Josh Boyd: Boyd put Syracuse at the top of his list when the Orange offered. However, communication between the two sides has not been consistent throughout the process. Syracuse is focused on other running backs at the moment. If Syracuse misses out on their other targets, Boyd could come back into play in the fall.

Corey Holloway: Similar to Boyd, the Orange are looking at other running backs for the time being. Syracuse could come back here if they miss on a couple of their other targets.

Tymashian Clemons: The wide receiver position is running out of room for Syracuse in their 2014 class. With K.J. Williams already in the fold, and top targets Steve Ishmael and Christian Blake in good standing with the Orange, Clemons doesn't appear to be in the mix as much lately.

Daniel Crochet: Crochet visited Syracuse not too long ago, but it appears his committable offer is off the table because of the linebackers the Orange have already landed. Grey shirting is a possibility, so is a preferred walk-on if he doesn't grab any other offers. Interesting possibilities here.

Khalia Hackett: Syracuse has moved on from Hackett due to their linebacker haul. He's a talented prospect who will likely end up at a solid division one program.

Justin Hughes: Hughes is an interesting situation. Syracuse already has four linebacker commits and is after another in Nile Sykes. However, Hughes has remained in contact with the staff and said he gave them a call last week. According to Hughes, the staff stated they are still interested. The real key will be a visit. If that happens, the interest on both sides is legit.

Ray Tillman: The Orange have not been in contact with Tillman in some time and appear to have moved on from the outside linebacker.

Quentin Turner: Similar to Tillman, Syracuse hasn't been in contact for a while. Turner even indicated that he's no longer considering the Orange because they have too many commitments.

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