Syracuse has already had success dipping into Michigan in 2014, but they may not be done. There are a couple of prospects on the radar, and a few more that could emerge down the road.
Parris Bennett: Bennett chose Syracuse over Pittsburgh just two days after visiting the Orange campus. His relationship with the coaching staff, as well as the family atmosphere, brought the talented linebacker to Upstate New York. Bennett is one of four linebackers currently committed to Syracuse as part of their 2014 class.
Malik McDowell: One of the top defensive ends in the country, McDowell can go pretty much anywhere. Most of college football's elite is after the 4-star prospect's services. Syracuse has offered, but hasn't been involved much. Despite him being at a position of need, don't expect to hear the Orange as a landing spot for McDowell. They will continue to pursue him until he trims his list, but are a long shot to make the cut.
Out of the Running
Connor Hayes: An interior offensive lineman with a mean streak, Hayes is a solid verbal to Pittsburgh.
The Rest of the Offerees
Carl Fuller: An interesting prospect, Fuller has the athleticism but has to bulk up. Still, the 3-star prospect has potential. Syracuse is after another linebacker in Nile Sykes out of Illinois. However, they could view Sykes as a defensive end. If the Orange want to add to their linebacker haul, they could pursue Fuller in the late summer or into the fall. He had initial interest in Syracuse, so this is a situation to monitor.
Prospects to Keep an Eye on
Aaron Thompson: The brother of current Syracuse player Ron Thompson, Aaron could be a target of Syracuse down the road. Especially if they miss out on other tight end prospects such as Jamal Custis. It's also possible they look at Thompson's athleticism and move him to defensive end to join his brother along the defensive line. He will naturally be connected to the Orange because of his brother.
Kevin Kwapis: An offensive tackle, the old Syracuse staff showed preliminary interest in Kwapis last summer. If Syracuse misses out on their other priorities, Kwapis could be a backup plan down the road. However, he is off the radar for now.
Alec Stevens: Similar to Kwapis, Stevens will only pick up Orange interest if they miss out on other interior linemen prospects. Stevens is a bit undersized at only 266-pounds, and would need to bulk up in order for Syracuse to pursue him.
Chris Williams: Currently holding an offer from Old Dominion, Williams is a defensive end in search of a BCS offer. A high school teammate of Aaron Thompson, he could pick up interest from Syracuse as the fall progresses. He is at a position of need, and one that Syracuse doesn't seem to be having a lot of luck early in the process.
Charlie Yost: Another defensive end, Yost is still looking for his first offer. He is a fringe division one prospect, and not someone Syracuse is likely to pursue.