Syracuse is looking for one center prospect in the 2015 class so that they can add more depth at the position. Jason Emerich and Rob Trudo will be approaching their eligibility limit, and an infusion of talent in the middle of the offensive line is key.
Syracuse did not take a center in 2014, but will look to add one in this cycle. They have offered only a couple of prospects, but look for that to change during the spring evaluation period.
Ryan Gipson is the top target here, despite being the most recent offeree. The talented prospect from Mississippi says he does not have any favorites and could make a decision by the end of the summer. He was excited by the Syracuse offer he received on Friday and is hoping to visit at some point.
Luke Hiers has put Syracuse in his top five since they offered nearly two months ago. However, he recently said his top two was Kentucky and South Florida. He has indicated that an unofficial to Central New York isn't likely because of the distance. It seems he may want to stay closer to home.
That said, expect Hiers to receive a visit from Syracuse during the spring evaluation period in order to try to get the Orange back towards the top of his list. Their biggest chance is to develop the relationship and hope he does not commit somewhere before he takes his official visits.
Names to Keep an Eye On
Tommy Hatton is the fourth ranked center prospect in the 2015 class, and is from a key recruiting area for Syracuse in New Jersey. That said, Hatton camped at Syracuse last summer and did not receive an offer. The staff did not seem impressed with his performance, and it is doubtful he picks up an offer at this point.
Another New Jersey prospect to monitor is Jimmy Allen out of Toms River.
In Pennsylvania, Danny Drewes is a name to keep an eye on. Another one, with a name that clearly suggests excellence, Eric McAllister has already received interest from Boston College, Penn State, West Virginia and Temple. Despite no offers, he could be someone that enters the Syracuse radar.
Joe Keene has the size and is in Ohio where Syracuse wants to make a bigger splash this cycle.
In Georgia, an intriguing prospect is Randy Robinson, who was named one of the top offensive linemen at the Atlanta NFTC in March. He is receiving interest from the big boys in the area (Auburn, Alabama, Georgia), but does not have an offer yet.
In Florida, Robert Woodus is a big, physical center who has camped at Miami and Maryland. He also really likes UCLA, but does not have a single offer. Greg Turnage is another Florida prospect to keep an eye on, with interest from Georgia Tech, South Florida and Central Florida.
Look for Syracuse to take a patient approach at this position, with more offers to go out during the spring evaluation period. There are plenty of options, and the Orange should end up with one center in this class.