Offensive tackle has been a big priority for Syracuse in 2015 with 18 offers already extended at the position, including several over the past week.
Syracuse only took one tackle last recruiting cycle, and will look to beef up their efforts in this class. The plan is to take three or four tackle prospects in 2015, in order to bolster their depth on the outside of the offensive line.
Syracuse will have six tackles on the roster for 2014, assuming Ivan Foy comes back from his academic suspension. Sean Hickey will be in his senior season, leaving the Orange with only five for the following year.
Especially with Jon Burton and Jamal McGloster as projects who are still developing, offensive tackle will be vital for their recruiting efforts.
Gabe Megginson is the key top target for Syracuse. He is looking to make a decision in May, but has expressed interest in visiting the Orange before then. They want him bad, and will look to make a strong push over the next month for the Illinois product.
George Brown may be a bit unrealistic, but he is one of the most talented players at the position in his class. Brown could visit over the summer, where the staff will have a chance to make an impression. Syracuse has stayed in touch and are on his radar.
Syracuse has several targets on the radar that they will continue to recruit. At the top of the list is Quinn Oseland from Springfield (Ill.). Oseland likes the Illinois pipeline that Syracuse is building, and wants to try to visit by the end of summer. The coaching staff has maintained regular contact with the three-star prospect.
Sam Madden is another priority target who is in New Jersey, a state Syracuse is trying to become a major factor in once again. Madden is very interested and will also look to visit over the summer.
The Orange were the first offer for Sunshine State tackle Sam Clausman. His head coach at St. Thomas Aquinas has said positive things about Syracuse and Clausman indicated the first offer means a lot. He is going to try to get up to Central New York during Syracuse's summer camps.
Colin Byrne, Clausman's teammate and best friend, also has Syracuse as his first offer. The relationship of the coaching staff, including the son of former S.U. special teams coach Bob Casullo, really opened Byrne's eyes to the Orange. He hopes to add more offers, but is very interested in Syracuse.
Cody Conway from Plainfield (Ill.) only has two offers, but Syracuse was also the first here. He has recently been upgraded to a three-star prospect. He plans to visit Syracuse on April 19th, where the Orange have a chance to make a big impression.
Matt Matulis and Donovan Welch both picked up offers over the past week, and both are from Florida. Welch was excited about the offer and is hopeful he can get up to the campus for an unofficial visit. Regardless, Tim Lester is visiting him in May to watch spring practice, and Welch is very interested in Syracuse.
Matulis says he connected with the Syracuse coaches right away. He spoke with George McDonald and Joe Adam, and will be visiting over the summer.
Names to Keep an Eye On
Local CBA prospect John Phillips has committed to Boston College. But the local talent could jump onto the Syracuse radar if the Orange miss out on other targets. Similarly with Plattsburgh (N.Y.) tackle Chris Rowell.
Dan Peltack is visiting Syracuse this weekend, but is a backup plan at best. Daniel Clifford from Hoboken (N.J.) is another name to keep an eye on as an under the radar prospect with talent.
Syracuse is involved with several talented prospects. The key will be the spring and summer, when they will try to get many of them on campus. How the 2015 class shapes up for the Orange could largely depend on how their efforts at offensive tackle. There is a lot of work to be done here, however.