It may be a dead period, but there has been some intriguing developments in the world of Syracuse recruiting. We have the latest, as always.
Syracuse is looking to flip two committed prospects. Three star linebacker Kyron Watson (currently committed to Kansas) and three star safety Treevon Prater (currently committed to Western Michigan) are both highly coveted by the Orange. Both attend East Saint Louis High School in Illinois, and both could officially visit on the 17th.
Prater is definitely visiting that weekend for his official. He says the Orange have stayed in contact since he committed to the Broncos over the summer. The 6-foot-2 defensive back prospect also added that he "loves Syracuse" and there's a chance he could flip on the trip.
Watson is more of an iffy proposition. Prater says that he's expecting his teammate to officially visit with him, but Watson has not confirmed the trip. A couple weeks ago, he said he was planning an official to Syracuse but backed off of that a day later.
Jason Cabinda's status remains up in the air. He said he is in "wait and see" mode, but has been hearing from Syracuse, Maryland and Boston College. The Orange have not given up here, but a lot could depend on who Penn State hires to replace Bill O'Brien.
While the weekend's of January 17th and 31st will be big recruiting weekends, the one in between (24th) will be silent, at least from an official visitor standpoint. Syracuse will not have any prospects on campus that weekend.
Kyron Brown was originally believed to be officially visiting the weekend of the 17th. However, CuseNation.com has knowledge of all the visitors on Syracuse's list and his name did not appear on it. Could he then be visiting the 31st? That is still up in the air. Brown said he is still trying to finalize the date. A lot could depend on how things go the weekend of the 17th, and if they land Prater.
A couple other Florida prospects have re-entered the radar and could take officials the weekend of the 31st. Defensive end Victor Hughes and defensive back Darrian Josey are both considering officials. Hughes is a big time baseball prospect and will likely go to a school where he can play that in addition to football. Josey is a sprinter who is taking an official visit to Hawaii and they could be the favorites for him. Neither currently has a Syracuse offer.
Commits Naesean Howard, K.J. Williams, Zaire Franklin and Parris Bennett are taking their official visits the weekend of January 17th. Franklin could be a big factor in helping the Orange recruit the other prospects on campus.
Syracuse has not reached out to Brendan Brosnan, Mikale Wilbon or Dallas Rivers. All are Vanderbilt commits who could be shaken up if James Franklin decides to leave. The Orange are not likely to get back involved with any of them.
Demetrius Johnson still has not scheduled his official visit to Syracuse. The 31st appears to be the target date, but much could depend on what happens with Kyron Watson.
Denzel Ward tweeted that Sean Hickey coming back means he won't be able to start at left tackle as a true freshman, followed by a frown-face. Nothing too much to worry about here. Syracuse will likely pitch that he could be on the two deep, still see some action in big packages and backup duty, as well as learn from one of the best and possibly be a three year starter. He would have to earn that, of course, but the opportunity is there.
Adly Enoicy's official visit will be the weekend of the 31st. He maintains he is very interested in the Orange. Hard to get a feel for him, but you get the impression that George McDonald is a factor here.