Target Report: '13 Defensive Backs

Syracuse will look to bolster their defensive backfield in the class of 2013. So far, several prospects the Orange offered have committed elsewhere. However, there are still several talented prospects available. CuseNation.com evaluated where the Orange stand in recruiting defensive backs.

Syracuse football will most likely only add one defensive back in the class of 2013. So far, they have missed out on several prospects. Safeties Tim Harris (Virginia), Delano Hill (Iowa), Milan Collins (Maryland), Kyle Queiro (Northwestern), Brandon Facyson (Virginia Tech), and T.J. Taylor (Rutgers) all held Syracuse offers but committed elsewhere. Cornerbacks Anthony Averett (Alabama), Ross Douglas (Penn State), Darian Hicks (Michigan State), and DeJuan Rogers (Toledo) also held Syracuse offers but pledged to other schools.

There are still several other talented prospects out there that could be targets for the Orange going forward. There are a few safeties that hold Syracuse offers that are still uncommitted. Four-star Clairton, PA prospect Tyler Boyd has not committed, but is likely looking at other schools. He is an elite safety prospect and has all but eliminated Syracuse as an option.

Daryl Worley is also from Pennsylvania, out of William-Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. He recently cut his list to three, and it included Syracuse. The Orange is up against West Virginia and Pittsburgh for the 6-foot 180-pound athlete. He could, however, be looked at as a wide-receiver. The Orange are in good shape with Worley, but face stiff competition down the stretch of his recruitment. The Mountaineers and Panthers appear to be recruiting him harder than Syracuse at this point.

Tere Calloway and Wyatt Dickerson round out the additional Syracuse offerees to this point. Calloway is a Seattle, Washington product and receiving a lot of interest from schools close to home – plus he doubles as a running back. While Syracuse is still in the mix, it is not a likely destination for the three-star safety.

Dickerson is out of the Gilman School in Baltimore (MD). He currently only holds offers from Syracuse and Navy. However, he is being recruited as both a linebacker and a safety. From watching some of his tape, he seems to be a better fit at linebacker at the division-1 level.

Cornerback is where Syracuse has some options. Rashard Robinson out of Florida is the most talented prospect left that holds a Syracuse offer. The 6-foot-1 prospect out of Blanche Ely High (Pompano Beach) holds several elite offers including Arkansas, Florida State, LSU, and Oklahoma. Robinson is not likely to come to Syracuse, though the Orange is still staying in contact.

Another Florida prospect is Cypress Bay High School product Boaz Joseph. The 6-foot-1 corner currently holds 15 offers. Syracuse is staying in contact with Joseph, who has not cut down his list yet. It is unclear exactly where the Orange stand, but Joseph is still a real option though a decision isn't likely anytime soon.

Travon Segure is a New York City prospect that has drawn Syracuse interest. He currently holds offers from Temple and UMass in addition to Syracuse. Segure currently attends Fort Hamilton High, and is friends with current Syracuse player Brandon Reddish. The 5-foot-11 product has visited already, but is taking his time in his recruitment. He is a real option for Syracuse, and has a lot of interest in the Orange. However, he could be a backup plan if higher-rated prospects commit elsewhere.

Delfrey Olige is another Florida prospect who is a high school teammate of Rashard Robinson. The 6-foot-2 prospect has shown solid athleticism in different camps, but does not currently hold any offers. Olige says Syracuse has been in contact on several occasions, but Bowling Green is recruiting him the hardest right now.

Current Toledo commit DeJuan Rogers is an interesting case. He committed to the Rockets despite an offer from Syracuse and real interest from both sides. However, his inability to visit the campus was a major reason why he committed to a different school. Despite his commitment, schools have not backed off of Rogers. That includes Syracuse. The staff will look to flip the Detroit (MI) Cass Tech product after trying to get him to visit the Syracuse campus.

The Orange has several options as they look to add talent to their secondary. Given the state of each prospect, Segure and Joseph appear to be the prospects the staff has the best chances with. However, nothing can be ruled out going forward. There is only one slot available for a defensive back in this class, and despite missing out on several prospects, Syracuse is still in the mix for some talented players.


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