Analysis of Syracuse's 2013 Class

Syracuse's 2013 class appears to be complete. What will each prospect bring to the hill? analyzes each prospect inside.

Tyler Provo

The first commit in Syracuse's 2013 class, Tyler continues the Provo legacy with the Orange. A talented blocker who can be affective as a lead blocker, traditional tight-end, or in space, Provo is a tough football player who isn't afraid to mix it up. Still improving as a pass catcher, Provo will likely be utilized as an H-back initially. This could allow the 6-foot-3 prospect to get on the field early. The Orange don't have that type of player on the roster, and his versatility could allow him to make an immediate impact. Provo will likely find himself behind Ron Thompson, Joshua Parris, and Becket Wales initially as a tight-end, but his ability to be a lead blocker out of the backfield will be important.

Wayne Williams

Despite his size, the biggest thing about Wayne Williams is his confidence. A huge body in the middle of the line, Williams has the size to stuff the run and quick feet to get into the backfield. His strength makes him difficult to block, and allows him to collapse the pocket on passing plays. Williams' combination of size, strength, and speed will get him on the field sooner rather than later. The Brooklyn (NY) product could start for the Orange right away, and bolster a run defense that struggled at times in 2012.

Austin Wilson

Wilson is one of two quarterbacks in this class for the Orange. As a junior, the East Pennsboro High product looked like a rising prospect. A player that Syracuse fans would be excited about. However, his senior film leaves much to be desired. The velocity on his throws seems to have declined, as has his arm strength. The accuracy is still there, which leaves hope for development. Upon arrival to the hill, Wilson has a lot of work ahead of him if he hopes to become the starting signal caller at Syracuse.

Marqez Hodge

One of the quietest prospects in this class may end up being one of the best. He possesses natural abilities that translate well to a college middle linebacker. While lacking ideal height, he makes up for that with strong football IQ, good downhill speed, and powerful tackling technique. While he still needs to work on things like lateral speed, identifying play-action, and continuing to add bulk to his frame, the upside for Hodge is high. He has the potential to be another productive Floridian for the Orange.

Isaiah Johnson

Johnson is one of the most athletic players in this class, with a lot of potential. Having only a few years of experience playing football, the Elkton (MD) defensive end is raw, but explosive. He can run by offensive linemen with his speed, or run through them with his strength. Technique improvement, specifically using his hands, and the development of pass rushing moves will be vital for Johnson, but he could end up being the gem of the class.

John Miller

Miller is a prototypical interior offensive lineman with the versatility to guard or center. His power and athleticism stands out on tape, and he could be a potential fill in for the departed Zach Chibane if he impresses during camp. Miller possesses solid technique, above average strength, and the athleticism to pull. Should a year of polishing be necessary, he could be the replacement for Macky MacPherson at center in 2014. Regardless, Syracuse has found themselves an under the radar prospect who should be able to contribute in the ACC.

Trevon Trejo

A JUCO defensive end, Trejo is a solid prospect who should join the rotation right away. Scott Shafer compared him to Chandler Jones. On film, he looks like a solid run defender who is unspectacular rushing the passer. Despite that, Trejo is affective against both the run and pass. His size, solid technique, and quick feet should allow him to contribute right away. The Golden West College product chose the Orange over an offer from Michigan State and interest from Nebraska.

Darius Kelly

Safety may have been the biggest position of need outside of quarterback. Kelly, despite being undersized, brings a lot to the table. He has speed that Syracuse does not have at a self reported 4.35 40. On tape, he is a hard hitter who can play in the box and patrol centerfield. With the departure of Shamarko Thomas, Kelly could step in right away as both a safety and on special teams as a punt returner. Underrated is his ball hawking and playmaking ability. Kelly is a candidate to help Syracuse create more turnovers in 2013.

Josh Kirkland

Kirkland is an undersized, speedy linebacker who makes plays off the edge. While he may not figure into the rotation immediately, he should be able to contribute on the kick off and punt coverage units in 2013. If he can add bulk to his frame, he could contribute at outside linebacker in 2014. He plays more like a 3-4 outside backer than a traditional 4-3 guy. Kirkland will have work to do to adjust and learn his gap assignments. Reading the flow of the play will be different as well in a different scheme.

Luke Arciniega

Arciniega should be able to step in and man the middle for Syracuse in 2013. He has size that the Orange have not had at that position in some time. He plays downhill, is a solid tackler, and is extremely physical. The JUCO transfer is able to shed blocks and get into the opponent's backfield with his speed and explosiveness. Covering tight-ends is a bit of a concern, but he should be a solid contributor right away.

Jonathan Burton

About as raw as one can be coming out of high school, Burton has all the makings of a future stud along the offensive line if he develops. He plays with extreme aggression, and possesses high athleticism, which allows him to get to the second level with ease. His strength at the point of attack is off the charts as he is frequently seen driving his man to the ground on tape. Burton's technique needs a lot of work, especially with using his hand and coming out of his stance. But down the line, Burton could pay big dividends for Syracuse.

Corey Winfield

Speed kills in football, and Winfield brings that to the table. The wide receiver position will be in transition for the Orange as Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales have left. With athletes that can run and jump like Winfield, the future looks bright. With a 6-foot-2 frame to work with, Corey must add some bulk and continue to work on his route running. If both of those areas develop, he could be a playmaker for Syracuse for years to come. Strength against press coverage is also a concern, but Winfield has all the makings of a deep threat.

Chauncey Scissum

Scissum has ideal size for a division one defensive back. His athleticism stands out on film despite the level of his competition. Scissum has good coverage ability and closing speed. He has the frame to add even more bulk without losing any of his speed. While he has adequate speed for a corner, it suggests a move to free or strong safety is the best option long-term. Scissum has very strong ball skills and a knack for making plays. Tackling technique is an area that needs improvement, but he has the ability to be a playmaker at Syracuse.

Alex Hayes

An athletic lineman that put off his recruitment until his senior season was complete, Hayes has the potential to be a contributor on the offensive line. His skill set allows him to play at tackle or guard. Hayes can pull, block in the open field, and contain his man at the point of attack. He already comes in with a solid frame, but can bulk up even more. The key will be learning from new offensive line coach Pat Perles to develop his technique, especially in pass protection.

Aaron Batten

Batten is one of the more intriguing prospects in Syracuse's 2013 class. He is extremely athletic with a great combination of size and speed. Batten is a talent as a tight-end and a defensive end. Watching his tape of either one and he looks like a standout. But given his speed and athleticism, it is intriguing to project him as a tight-end given the revolution that position has had over the last several years. A redshirt year would serve him very well for his long-term development, as he is still very raw in route running and blocking. But Batten is a playmaking talent that with the proper development could be a huge matchup problem for ACC defenses.

Corey Cooper

If you looked strictly at Cooper's offer list, you would think he is a big time prospect with a lot of upside. His tape suggests he has the speed and athleticism to be a solid division one receiver. He can run by corners and jump with the best of them. Adding size and strength, and working on his route running will allow Cooper to fully see the potential he has. Moving to the ACC, the level of competition is a step up from the Big East. Receivers with the natural athleticism of Cooper are paramount if Syracuse is going to compete in the conference. If he can add size to his body and improve his route running, Cooper could be a number one receiver for the Orange down the road.

Mitch Kimble

Kimble comes in as a dual-threat quarterback who can run the type of system the Orange seem to be moving towards. He very good on his feet, and is a solid running quarterback. His throwing motion is a bit long and awkward, but he gets the ball where it needs to be. Kimble is not a likely candidate to start right away, but has the potential to be a starter down the road. The Jerseyville (IL) product must familiarize himself with the Syracuse offense, and continue to develop his ability as a passer.

Brisly Estime

Estime has the type of speed and elusiveness in the open field that could make a huge difference for Syracuse in both the return game and on offense. Despite his 5-foot-9 frame, Estime is an absolute burner who can make people miss and is the type of playmaker defenses must account for. The Delray Beach (FL) product should see time right away on special teams, and could be a dynamic talent for the Orange in future years.

Kendall Moore

An athletic, versatile talent, Kendal Moore has the talent to play tight-end or contribute along the offensive line. At 6-foot-5, he can add bulk to his frame and keep his speed. He will likely be transitioned into an offensive tackle, and with development of his technique, footwork, and strength could be a force down the road. Moore has a very high ceiling despite being raw upon his initial arrival on the hill.

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