Recruiting Weekend Primer

Syracuse hosts many talented prospects on campus during Spring Game weekend. takes a look at who will be there, wherer Syracuse stands, and more inside.

The Spring Game is the primary focus for most Syracuse football fans this weekend. However, there is something far more important happening behind the scenes. Ten uncommitted 2014 prospects will be campus over the weekend along with the two committed members of Syracuse's 2014 class, Naesean Howard and A.J. Long.

Long and Howard will be joined by several 2013 Orange signees. They will be counted on to try to help Syracuse land a few more verbal commitments before the weekend concludes.

Star Power

Two four-star prospects will be visiting over the weekend, both wide receivers. Corey Holmes and K.J. Williams will take their first trip to Syracuse to see what the Orange have to offer. Williams is the cousin of A.J. Long and current receiver Jarrod West. Both should be pushing Williams for a commitment, as he told Long he would be playing with him at Syracuse if the Orange offered, which they have. However, Williams indicated that a commitment is not likely during the visit. He currently has Michigan as his favorite with Syracuse right behind the Wolverines.

Holmes is a bit of a different story. He's a receiver from the talent rich state of Florida with offers from many of college football's elite. Holmes stated academics are very important, which could help Syracuse's cause. But it will be difficult to get the talented receiver out of his home state. 

A pair of three star prospects will be on campus as well in offensive lineman Eric Shute and linebacker Zaire Franklin. Both have indicated a commitment is not likely, but are very high on Syracuse. The Orange have a chance to make a big impact on two talented prospects at positions of need.

Under the Radar

Syracuse also has linebacker Colton Moskal on campus, who also holds an offer from the Orange. Like others, he will be taking in the Syracuse campus for the first time. A commitment from Moskal isn't necessarily expected, but wouldn't be a complete shock. 

Several other under the radar prospects without offers will be attending. Wide receiver Sammy Marshall, high school teammate of Austin Wilson, will be visiting. As will linebacker Ryan Malagrino, offensive lineman Tariq Cole, safety Otis Kearney, and defensive end Tyler Cavenas. Cavenas is the most likely to receive an offer, but the others will remain on Syracuse's radar going forward.

Keep the Commits

Not to be underestimated is the attention that must be played to Howard and Long. The two lone members of Syracuse's 2014 class could help the Orange land talented prospects. Specifically Long with his connection to K.J. Williams. The Orange should show these prospects some love as well, to ensure there is no waivering as the recruiting process continues.

Syracuse has a chance to make a big impact on some talented players this weekend. The result of the recruiting trips will be far more important than anything that happens on the Carrier Dome field. 

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