The first of three straight weekends of Syracuse camps begins this weekend. This one in the New York City area. On Friday June 7th, a camp will be held at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn . On Saturday June 8th, a camp will be held at SUNY Maritime in the Bronx. While there are a few known prospects, several of them will be looking to make an impression in hopes of an offer.
Jalen Williams: The three star safety has been on Syracuse's radar for some time, and already holds an offer. They have not been as active in pursuit of the Newburgh Free Academy standout, but this is their chance to make an impression. Williams has legitimate interest in the Orange, and could impress at the camp. A strong performance could push him up Syracuse's board going forward.
Vashon Tucker: A three star corner, Tucker has a lot of interest already. He's high on Rutgers but is open to Syracuse. Look for the Orange coaches to get in his ear a bit about visiting and taking a serious look at SU.
Harold Cooper: The cousin of incoming wide receiver Corey Cooper, Harold is looking to snag an offer over the weekend. A three star running back with an offer from Boston College, Cooper is impressive on tape. His cousin calls him a beast. An offer is very possible with a strong performance.
Khendell Puryear: An undersized corner, Puryear has been active in the camp circuit this summer. He has, according to him, been ranked highlight in the defensive backs category at each camp. Pittsburgh has been in contact as have other schools such as Penn, Marist, Wagner, and Bryant. He also claims a 4.4 40-time at Temple camp. Defensive back is a key position for Syracuse in 2014. A strong performance could put Puryear on the Orange's radar.
Safety Shawn Antoine II will look to impress Syracuse
Shawn Antoine II: A safety prospect who is looking to add a Syracuse offer, he shows athleticism on film. Size and speed are the biggest concerns, but he has a chance to impress the Orange in person.
Corey Johnson: A tight end from Maryland, Johnson will look to show athleticism and blocking technique in order to add a Syracuse offer. He currently does not have any offers, and the Orange do want to add a tight end in the 2014 class.
Tre Buchanan: From Isaiah Johnson's former high school and current teammate of Corey Johnson, Buchanan will look to show the explosiveness that Syracuse looks for in their wide receiver prospects. The Orange will look to add a few receivers in this class, so Buchanan has a chance to make an impression.
Brice McAllister: Another running back, McAllister comes from Suffield Academy in Connecticut. He has received interest from Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, Penn State, Temple, and Virginia but is yet to receive an offer. If he shows explosiveness, Syracuse could put him on their radar. Update: McAllister says due to the weather he will not be attending the camp.
Matthew Rizzi: A smaller offensive lineman, Rizzi is a pure center. There are few of those in the 2014 class, so Syracuse could look to start recruiting the Tottenville High product. Macky MacPherson was smaller coming out of high school as well, and has developed into a very solid player. The Orange will look for basic things such as strength and blocking technique.
Tean Becoate: An undersized inside linebacker, Becoate is another NYC prospect looking to gain some attention. He will need to show explosiveness, speed, and strong footwork to gain an offer.
Jamil Demby: A big two-way lineman prospect out of Vineland (NJ), Demby has the look of a division one prospect. He shows solid driving ability in his blocks, but is a bit stiff and upright. His size and strength suggest he could play DT as well. He will be camping for his first offer.
Daniel Hernandez: An undersized defensive end, Hernandez is an unknown quantity. While he has a chance to make an impression, his size makes him a long shot to pick up an offer.
Chris Biryla: Undersized prospect who can play multiple positions, Biryla will have to show strong athleticism to jump onto the Syracuse radar.
Nick Accurso: A high school teammate of Biryla at Sachem High School (NY), Accurso is a high motor defensive end. However, he lacks elite speed and is a bit undersized.
Bryan Gresalfi: Gresalfi certainly looks the part as a 6-foot-4, 270 lbs offensive lineman. On tape he is able to overpower defenders, but isn't as dominant as you'd expect.
Donatello Balmain: From Stepinac High School (NY), Balmain is a long and lean receiver. He lacks ideal speed for the position.
Andrew McElroy: An athlete from New Milford High School in New Jersey, McElroy will camp as a wide receiver and linebacker. Still early in the process, he has received interest from several northeast schools including Rutgers, Penn State, Marshall, Boston College and more. He has a chance to make an early impression on the Orange.
Christian Wilkins is looking to add his seventh offer
Christian Wilkins: Wilkins is a high school teammate of Brice McAllister. Boston College, Connecticut, Florida State, Maryland, Penn State, and Virginia have already offered. He already has big time size at 6-foot-4, 290 lbs. Syracuse should offer, or at least start the recruiting process, at this camp.
Jacob Atkinson: A middle linebacker from the same high school as Buchanan and Johnson, he will look to add an early offer from the Orange. Still slightly undersized, Atkinson will have to show speed and strength to impress Syracuse.
Brandon Coleman: The Stepinac high school quarterback will look to show arm strength and the ability to read defenses to go along with his athleticism. He is the mobile quarterback the Syracuse staff likes, and will have a chance to make an early impression.
Michael Dare: Out of Elmwood Park (NJ), Dare will look to impress Syracuse coaches with his arm. On tape, he shows nice touch on throws over the middle. He has a chance to stay on the Syracuse radar going forward.
Isaiah Washington: Interesting prospect who plays both running back and safety, Washington will look to show athleticism, speed, and versatility at the camp. He should stay on Syracuse's radar with a strong performance.