Predicting Syracuse's 2014 Class

Syracuse is about half done with its 2014 class. But there is growing concern about a few positions and how the Orange will add talent during this cycle. How will the class end up? Which prospects will choose Syracuse? We break it all down inside.

The 2014 class is a big class for Syracuse. It is head coach Scott Shafer's first full recruiting class, and the Orange have needs at several positions. They have added some talented players so far but there is work left to do. Here is we see the class rounding out with signing day less than six months away.

WR/TE Jamal Custis: He was blown away by his visit on Sunday and has put the Orange on top. I've always thought he would end up at Syracuse, and that looks like a stronger possibility after the trip.

OG Aaron Roberts: The rumblings were that he was set to choose Syracuse during a scheduled visit last weekend. However, he postponed the trip and now says he is 50/50 between the Orange and Illinois. I still expect him to choose Syracuse, possibly during his official visit on September 14th.

WR Steve Ishmael: The uber-talented receiver remains high on Syracuse. His relationship with George McDonald will be a big factor. Ultimately, I expect him to choose the Orange. Look for him to take an official in the fall.

OT Beau Benzschawel: A late offeree, Syracuse is now in the driver's seat for his services after Iowa State pulled their offer. He is at a position of need and the Orange are now the only major conference offer for the 3-star prospect. A commitment during a visit (which has yet to be scheduled) is likely.

DE Marquis Brown: Brown is playing things close to the vest, but Syracuse is in a good spot. Given the positional need and the Orange's apparent interest, I expect Brown to verbally commit.

CB Deion Hallmon: The enigmatic prospect loves to Tweet and get fans worked up with his cryptic comments. That said, the Syracuse staff feels they are in a good position. I expect him to choose the Orange.

S Andre Godfrey: Call it a hunch, but Godfrey's interest in Syracuse appears to be real. Grabbing a third safety, and arguably the most talented, would be a big get for the Orange.

RB Ish Witter: The talented running back pushed back his decision, which could end up being good news for Syracuse. Rumblings were that Rutgers was to be the selection. Keep an eye on Jonathan Hilliman. If he chooses Rutgers, it could mean Witter's offer becomes not committable and pushes him towards SU.

Unknown DT: This is a bit of a cop out on my part as I should name a prospect here. But Syracuse needs a defensive tackle in this class. Currently there aren't any on the radar that are seriously considering the Orange. Expect the staff to find a late riser either in the JUCO ranks or in high school. Maybe a Zaire Hollerway gets a look. Maybe a JUCO DT like Dalvon Stuckey. I expect to be surprised a bit here.

With the above players in the fold, it makes the class look like this:

Quarterback (1): A.J. Long

Running Back (1): Ish Witter

Wide Receiver (3): K.J. Williams, Corey Cooper, Steve Ishmael

Wide Receiver/Tight End (1): Jamal Custis

Offensive Line (2): Aaron Roberts, Beau Benzschawel

Defensive Line (2): Marquis Brown, Unknown

Linebacker (4): Zaire Franklin, Colton Moskal, Parris Bennett, Jason Cabinda

Defensive Back (5): Naesean Howard, Rodney Williams, Lamar Dawson, Deion Hallmon, Andre Godfrey


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