Recruiting Focus: Offensive Guard

Syracuse is looking to add depth and talent to their offensive line. In the latest edition of our recruiting focus, we take a look at how where the Orange stand at offensive guard.

Several prospects have said that Syracuse told them they are looking to take five offensive linemen in the 2015 class. The most likely break down is three tackles, one guard and one center.

Recruiting Plan

Syracuse took one guard last cycle, and will look to add one in this one. The Orange have solid depth in the middle of the offensive line, but the 2016 class will likely be the one where they take multiple guards.

Top Targets

Chandler Jones out of Powder Springs (Ga.) is the top target here. The staff loves his size, athleticism and physicality. After receiving the offer from Syracuse, he declared them his top school. However, he has since visited Louisville and placed the Cards on top. The key will be for Syracuse to get him on campus, but the staff has already given him the "CJ2" nickname, which he loved.

Billy Atterbury is another top target for Syracuse. The guard from Clearwater (Fla.) likes Tim Lester, his primary recruiter with the Orange. He has only visited South Florida so far, and appears to be taking his time with the process. Getting him on campus is critical.

Priority Targets

Syracuse has several offers out to guards in the 2015 class. Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) product Kirk Livingstone was one of the first to grab one at the position. He really likes Syracuse, but the Orange have not stayed in constant communication. They have visited him at his school, however.

Simon Stepaniak is another talented target who Syracuse extended an offer to recently. The Hamilton (Ohio) prospect was excited about his offer from the Orange and wants to visit in the spring or summer.

Trevor Ruhland was high on Syracuse's list, but he appears to have moved on. He looks to be close to a decision, with Notre Dame, Minnesota and Nebraska among the favorites. He has not visited the Orange.

Other Offerees

Four star prospects Richie Petitbon, Quarvez Boulware and Kaleb Kim were offered early in the process by Syracuse. Petitbon has committed to Alabama, while Boulware and Kim have moved on.

Steven Gonzalez is from New Jersey where Syracuse is trying to become a major player once again. The Orange visited Gonzalez a couple of times at his high school, but the three-star guard committed to Penn State.

Jared Thomas has a Syracuse offer, but has not heard a lot from the staff since then. Same with George Asafo-Adjei, who could be closing in on a decision without Syracuse in the picture.

Andrew Wood is an intriguing prospect from A.J. Long's old high school in Tennessee. He was offered during the 2014 cycle, and liked Syracuse with the Long connection.

Names to Keep an Eye On

Graydon Campbell is a Canadian prospect who moved to Virginia to play high school football. He has camped at Syracuse last summer, and could again this June. Keep an eye on the prospect, who has impressed with his physical style of play.

James Wilson from Middletown (N.J.) has also received interest from Syracuse. He will camp with the Orange on June 21st.

Three in-state prospects are worth monitoring. Christian Lodolce, Chris Gangarossa and JUCO prospect Sami Kassem.

Final Thoughts

It's tough to judge where things stand until Syracuse starts getting some of these prospects on campus. That said, there are several talented targets with legitimate interest in the Orange. The gut feeling is Syracuse will land one three-star guard when all is said and done.

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