It may be the dead period, but that doesn't mean there aren't developments in recruiting. Here is the latest on where things stand with Syracuse.
On Christmas Eve, Syracuse got some big news. Three star defensive end Chris Slayton gave his verbal commitment to the Orange. After his commitment, Slayton said he will "more than likely not" take any other official visits.
With Nile Sykes off the board, Syracuse is looking at other targets at linebacker. Jason Cabinda could come back into play, as it appears Penn State coach Bill O'Brien is headed to the NFL to coach the Houston Texans. The Orange have been in touch with Cabinda recently in order to attempt a flip back. Cabinda said he's not sure if he would consider it or not should O'Brien leave. He recently told CuseNation.com "I don't think so" in regards to considering Syracuse. He did say, however, that he's in wait and see mode but considers himself fully committed to Penn State.
Another linebacker prospect that has entered the radar is three star Kansas commit Kyron Watson. He told Scout.com's Michael Clark that he is looking to take an official visit to Syracuse in January, though he remains 100% committed to the Jayhawks. Getting him on campus would be huge for the Orange. However, Watson told CuseNation.com late Wednesday night that he is reconsidering his official to Syracuse and likely won't take one after all.
Three star offensive tackle Denzel Ward says two schools are out front, South Florida and Syracuse. He rescheduled his official visit from January 31st to the 17th. He is also considering an official to either Nebraska or Arizona State on the 24th, and possibly Texas Tech on the 31st. A signing day decision is expected for Ward.
Steve Ishmael watched Syracuse's Texas Bowl win over Minnesota. He was so impressed he told his high school coach he wanted to commit after the game. However, they decided to wait until he takes his official in January.
Defensive tackle Zeek Rodney may be the biggest priority left for the Orange. Expect them to make a big push during his January official.
Mike Johnson will no longer be visiting Syracuse in January. He says the Orange have backed off. They are likely only looking at one more cornerback this class. DaiQuan Lawrence could be the top target.
Syracuse basketball hosted three prospects for their matchup with Villanova, commit Tyler Lydon, target Thomas Bryant and target Donte Divincenzo. By all accounts, things seemed to have gone well. Bryant's mom was seen cheering for the Orange throughout the game.
Syracuse lacrosse picked up a commitment last week from 2016 Torrey Pines (Calif.) midfielder Spencer Small.