Florida has been a pipeline state for Syracuse ever since Doug Marrone took over several years ago. With the Scott Shafer era in the midst of its first full recruiting class, the Sunshine State will be important for the Orange once again. With Florida recruiting guru George McDonald working his magic, Syracuse is after some big fish in 2014.
Syracuse has yet to snag a commitment out of Florida in 2014.
Steve Ishmael: The talented wide receiver has an impressive offer list and has been on Coach McDonald's radar for some time. He has recruited Ishmael at Miami, Arkansas, and now Syracuse. The Orange are among the favorites to land the 6-foot-2 prospect. A decision is expected before the summer is out.
The Next Best Thing
Corey Holmes: Another receiver is on the radar for Syracuse, this one a four star prospect. Holmes has a connection to Syracuse through his father who played for the Orange in the late 80s. He has yet to visit and is being pursued by many big time programs. The key will be getting Holmes on campus. A.J. Long has been pursuing Holmes on Syracuse's behalf as well.
The Rest of the Offerees
Shawn Boone: A talented safety who has offers from all over the country, he named Syracuse one of his early favorites before adding offers from Ohio State and Tennessee. Julian Whigham went to the same high school as Boone and the two plan on discussing the Orange. Syracuse will have a chance here, but they could fall out if they get a few safety commits over the summer. Boone won't likely decide until after his senior season.
T.J. Harrell: Another three star safety, Harrell also boasts an impressive offer list. He won't likely decide until after his senior season either, which will put him in the same situation as Boone regarding Syracuse. However, he is friends with current Syracuse safety Jeremi Wilkes. That connection could help the Orange stay in this race.
Quinton Flowers: A four star athlete, Syracuse has not been mentioned in Flowers' recruitment much despite holding an offer. He has many of college football's elite after him, but as a receiver. He is determined to play quarterback, which could provide an interesting twist. However, Syracuse is on the outside looking in here.
Richard Yeargin III: Another highly coveted Florida prospect, Yeargin is not likely to choose Syracuse. He has a long list of elite offers, and the Orange are not among his early favorites.
Michael O'Connor: The three star quarterback will likely make a decision over the summer. Syracuse has not been very involved in his recruitment and isn't a factor at this point.
Terry McCray: Syracuse seems to be one of the schools McCray likes a lot. Miami is the front-runner hear, however. If the Orange want McCray to add to Zaire Franklin as 2014 linebackers, they will have to pursue him hard and get him on campus. They have a shot, but have work to do to catch up to the Hurricanes.
Trevon Lee: Lee is still open and does not have any favorites. However, he has said recently several schools were recruiting him the hardest. Syracuse was not mentioned. With the Orange hot on the trail of Holmes and Ishmael as Florida receivers, Lee is an interesting story. The Orange appear to be on the outside here.
Alin Edouard: Currently committed to Miami, Edouard expressed interest in visiting the Orange. He is friends with current safety Ritchy Desir, and Syracuse could look to bring in a second quarterback to compliment A.J. Long in this class. With the Hurricanes adding a higher rated quarterback prospect recently, Edouard could look around and the Orange would figure to be in the mix.
Brandon Powell: Syracuse loves the talented Deerfield Beach (FL) running back. However, Powell has a long list of impressive offers and will be visiting many over the summer. Not currently on his list of summer stops is Syracuse, who figures to be on the outside here despite how highly they think of Powell.
Sean White: White is a quarterback who will suffer a similar fate to O'Connor. Syracuse hasn't been very involved and he looks to be off the radar.
Chris Worton: Another Florida State commit, Worton will be hard to pry away from the Seminoles. If Worton visits, then there is serious interest. But unless he makes the trip up north, expect him to stay fully committed to FSU.
Marcus Applefield: One of the most athletic offensive tackles in the 2014 class, Applefield already holds many offers. He doesn't appear to be close to a decision. Syracuse will likely continue to Pursue Applefield, and McDonald will have to work some of his Florida magic to keep the Orange in this.
Frank Newman: The three star linebacker added a Syracuse offer not too long ago. He says he is wide open, but has a few schools standing out. The Orange are not among them, but he says they could crack into that list if they stay in contact. He likes Coach McDonald, and that could be the key for Syracuse.
Cordell Hudson: Hudson has a decent offer list, and Syracuse should remain in the mix. How interested the Orange are may depend on where other defensive backs take their recruitment.
Mike Johnson: Another talented defensive back in Florida with a Syracuse offer, Johnson has many options. Rutgers will be a factor here, but the Orange have an opportunity if they choose to pursue him hard.
Mazzi Wilkins: Syracuse is one of a few BCS offers for Wilkins. He expressed interest in traveling up north to visit the Orange. He is looking to trim his list in July, and won't likely decide until the fall at the earliest.
Ish Witter: A talented running back who is starting to see his recruitment pick up, Witter has listed Rutgers and Missouri as favorites. Syracuse will have work to do to catch up to them, but it is still early.
Christian Blake: Syracuse is one of only two BCS offers for Blake. He wants to visit Syracuse over the summer, among other schools. Blake will look to trim his list after his summer tour. The Orange should remain in the mix, depending on the situation at receiver over the summer. If a few prospects commit, it will be interested to see what Syracuse does with Blake.
Marcus Mosely: Syracuse was Mosely's first BCS offer. The Orange haven't stayed in contact much lately. They figure to have more interest in Trey Klock as the primary tight end prospect in this class.
Anthony Wint: The Homestead (FL) linebacker holds a Syracuse offer and could visit sometime over the summer. If the Orange really want him, he can be had. It remains to be seen how interested they are.
David Francis: Another defensive back with a Syracuse offer, interest in Francis could pick up over the summer and fall. The Orange got in early, and could pursue him as the summer progresses. Especially if they miss out on other safety prospects.
Ryan Mayes: Mayes expressed a lot of interest in Syracuse. Expect his recruitment to gain steam during the fall. Syracuse got in early here as well, but Mayes is not close to a decision.
Antwan Cordy: Visits will be the biggest factor for the 5-foot-9 cornerback. Syracuse will be one of the schools in the mix, but he will not make his decision until the fall.
The Best of the Rest
Anthony Siciliano: An undersized quarterback prospect with a solid arm, Siciliano would commit to Syracuse on the spot if an offer is extended. He is camping with the Orange in June in the hopes of grabbing that offer. If not, a preferred walk-on status could be in the works. He likes Syracuse that much.
A'lique Terry: He seems to add offers every week. Terry should see his recruitment continue to pick up steam as other interior offensive linemen start to commit. Syracuse has expressed interest, but has yet to offer.
Tyler Wiley: His coach calls him a freak of nature, in a good way. He insists if he had played last season, he would have double digit offers. Syracuse has expressed interest and will continue to pursue him. Don't be surprised if the Orange offer Wiley in the summer or fall.