State of Recruiting: New Jersey

New Jersey produces some of the top talent in the country year after year. Syracuse is trying to reestablish a pipeline to the talent rich state. CuseNation.com breaks down where things stand for the 2014 class.

New Jersey is a talent rich state that Syracuse had a lot of success recruiting back when Paul Pasqualoni was in the middle of a strong run with the Orange.

In recent years, Syracuse has struggled reestablishing those relationships but are making efforts to develop a pipeline there. CuseNation.com takes a look at where things stand in 2014 in the Garden State.

Commitments

Rodney Williams: The defensive back committed to Syracuse on Friday, one day after picking up an offer at an on campus camp. He is drawing comparisons to Shamarko Thomas, as an undersized safety who is aggressive and can hit. Interestingly, he has only been playing in the defensive backfield for approximately four months. Williams has a lot of upside.

Top Prospect

Jason Cabinda: The linebacker is the top target for Syracuse right now as he closes is on a decision. He visited the Orange over the weekend and had nothing but positive things to say about his experience. Zaire Franklin, A.J. Long, and Colton Moskal will continue to help the Syracuse recruiting efforts here.

The Next Best Thing


A visit could be key for White's interest

Antoine White: A talented defensive lineman, White is being looked at by many ACC schools. He could possibly visit Syracuse this coming weekend, which will be key to see where he stands with the Orange. White is also looking at Penn State, North Carolina, Rutgers, and Maryland as the schools after him the most.

Out of the Running

Garrett Dickerson: The 4-star tight end has trimmed his list and Syracuse did not make the cut.

Quenton Nelson: Nelson is a solid commit to Notre Dame.

Saeed Blacknall: The 4-star wide receiver is down to five schools and the Orange are not one of them.

Kiy Hester: Hester looks like he could end up at Rutgers. But for now, he has a top seven without Syracuse involved.

Juwann Winfree: Another 4-star receiver, Winfree trimmed his list a few weeks back and eliminated Syracuse.

Sidney Gopre: The 3-star linebacker is a solid Rutgers commit.

Billy Ray Mitchell: Originally involved heavily, Syracuse has fallen out for Mitchell who is focusing on a few schools.

Noah Brown: Syracuse has put a priority on other receivers, and Brown has moved on as well.

The Rest of the Offerees

Mike Gesicki: The 3-star tight end has not mentioned Syracuse much when updating his recruitment. It appears the Orange have other plans at tight end.

Ryan Izzo: Izzo is an intriguing prospect. He projects well as a tight end, and seemed to be excited about the possibility of the Orange when they offered. However, there hasn't been a lot of buzz surrounding Syracuse in his recruitment of late. He feels like a Big-10 prospect.

Kurt Holuba: It has been an interesting ride for Holuba who has added a bunch of offers since Syracuse got in early. He has yet to visit the campus, and hasn't mentioned the Orange much. Syracuse isn't out of it, but it remains to be seen how interested both sides will be going forward.


Syracuse made the top eight for Jennings

Adonis Jennings: The 3-star receiver trimmed his list to eight over the weekend, and Syracuse made the cut. He has yet to visit campus, and the Orange are in on several wide receivers that are higher on their board. They will continue to recruiting Jennings, but don't be surprised if they back off if a one or two of their priority targets pull the trigger.

Jimmy Hogan: Another defensive end with a Syracuse offer, it remains to be seen where Hogan is on the Orange's board. Still, he is an intriguing prospect that could be on the radar more than Holuba.

The Best of the Rest

Jamil Demby: The interior offensive lineman camped at Syracuse and received positive feedback from the Orange coaches. However, Syracuse is looking at other interior lineman, so where he stands with Syracuse won't likely be decided until the upcoming season.

Chris Carter: Only holding an offer from UMass, Carter has interest in Syracuse but is down the list on the Orange radar. He would likely be pursued if Syracuse misses on other defensive end prospects.

Julius Wingate: Syracuse likes Wingate's size, but isn't likely to offer. With the addition of Rodney Williams, the Orange could still take another safety and is in on several other players at the position that are higher on their board.


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