On the road again

With the conclusion of the spring game, the Syracuse coaching staff can shift their focus to recruiting. They will be busy over the next few weeks, visiting priority targets and evaluating others.

The spring evaluation period means the Syracuse coaching staff will hit the recruiting trail to visit priority targets, evaluate others in person, hand out new offers and more.

Look for Bobby Acosta and Joe Adam to hit up New York and New Jersey, respectively over the next two plus weeks.

Priority in-state targets Qaadir Sheppard and Austrian Robinson will receive visits. Tyrone Perkins, the lone 2015 commit, will be on the list of stops, as will new offeree Jordan Fredericks.

In New York, the Orange will evaluate several. Defensive tackle Kadeen Dryden from New Utrecht in Brooklyn (N.Y.) will be checked out in person on Friday. Dionte Fleming of Lincoln High and Xavier Braithwaite will also receive visits.

Tim Bowers, one of the more intriguing prospects in the state, will also work out in front of Syracuse at his school.

Jonathan Forrest will also look for the Orange coaches, but an offer here may not happen until summer camp.

In New Jersey, Jake Pickard will get a visit. The three-star tight end was offered recently and the Orange will try to build a relationship here.

Sam Madden, Joe Giles-Harris, Daiquan Kelly, Saleem Brightwell, Jordan Fox and Dontae Strickland are other three-star prospects with offers that Syracuse will see. Among the most critical here are Fox and Strickland, as both were supposed to attend the spring game but were unable to make it.

Three-star athlete Myles Hartsfield has remained in touch with the staff, and says he is looking forward to them stopping by his school.

A big offensive tackle, Jared Southers, will be evaluated. Coach Acosta recently reached out to the 6-foot-5 lineman to express interest. Keep an eye on Southers as this is a potential new offer.

Syracuse will also visit D'won Walker, who visited this past weekend. Don't expect an offer to go out to the defensive back.

Pennsylvania is another state with several top targets. Jazzee Stocker is the top safety on Syracuse's board. The will visit the three-star as they continue to recruit him very hard.

Amir Ealey, a tight-end/defensive end prospect, is a freak athlete who the Orange covet. Shareef Miller has ideal size and athleticism for the defensive end position, and will also be a priority stop on the recruiting trail.

Expect Tony Pilato to receive a visit as well.

Cornerback Nyiem Nevarez is among several prospects without an offer that will be evaluated. As is offensive tackle Timmy Drewes.

Offensive guard Zach Venesky is currently committed to Rutgers, but that hasn't stopped Syracuse from staying in touch. Coach Adam is expected to stop by over the next two weeks. Venesky said it will be very difficult to change his mind, but he will listen. Syracuse has not offered.

Syracuse will also spend some time in Georgia. Look for Quay Picou, Brandon Sandifer, Sage Hardin, Joshua Thomas, Nick Polino and Russell Ude to receive visits.

Two of Syracuse's biggest priorities reside in the Peach State are Chandler Jones and Mohamed Barr. Both will receive visits as Syracuse makes pushes for each.

Kwan Stallworth and Daniel Fennell will also receive visits.

Riley Gessney and Jamond Glass are prospects in the state without offers that Syracuse should see.

Further south in Florida, the Orange are looking to be big players once again. While some of the higher rated prospects may on the more unrealistic side, expect George McDonald or Tim Lester to stop by to see Tavarus McFadden, Jacques Patrick, Deon Cain, Christian Pillage and Ryan Davis. Each are four-star prospects.

Luke Hiers, Damian King, Karan Higdon, Shaquery WIlson, Brendan Loftus, Kyle Henderson, Billy Atterbury, Marques Ford, Gerald Robinson and Riley Nicholson will also be on the scheduled stops.

Look for McDonald to hit up some of his key areas, including Stranahan High where Richie Kittles and Kirk Livingstone play.

Jeremiah Dinson, Sterling Hofrichter and Sam Clausman should also receive visits. Hofrichter is the only kicker with an offer, and is visiting the Orange in May.

Expect a few more offers to go out in the Sunshine State during the next few weeks.

The Midwest has been a big priority since Scott Shafer took over as the head coach. This cycle is no exception. DeAndre Smith, Tim Lester and Joe Adam will be very active in the region.

Big time prospects David Edwards and Gabe Megginson will likely receive visits.

Quinn Oseland, offensive tackle from Springfield (Ill.), and three-star defensive end Micah Dew-Treadway will spend time with the Syracuse coaches.

Offensive tackle Cody Conway visited Syracuse for their spring game, and is very high on the Orange. Is it possible he commits when the staff stops by? Slightly, but he won't likely decide until the summer.

Offensive tackle DeAndre Ford, who does not have an offer, is very much on the radar and will be evaluated.

Offensive linemen from Indiana, Jared Thomas, Brandon Knight, Matt McCann and Adam Solomon will also receive visits. Each is a three-star prospect.

A top target in Ohio, Anthony McKee, is looking forward to Syracuse visiting. He was supposed to check out the spring game, but could not get a ride. The four-star talent is looking to play college football away from home.

Troy Henderson and Marquise Blair are high on Syracuse's wish list and will be given extensive visits as well.

Syracuse only has one offer out in Wisconsin, to defensive end David Pfaff. But he will likely be visited.

They will visit Texas towards the end of May to spend some time with new running back offeree Devine Ozigbo.

Look for several new prospects to add offers in the coming weeks. Commitments may be hard to come by, but there are a few targets that could pull the trigger. Cody Conway and Jordan Fredericks are the most likely.

The time frame for most of these visits are the end of this week through the end of May.

The next few weeks will be critical for the Orange as they try to continue to prioritize targets and develop relationships with the more talented prospects.


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