Recruiting Ripple: Evan Adams

Syracuse picked up their eleventh commitment on Thursday when offensive tackle Evan Adams pulled the trigger. What does he mean to the class? Full breakdown inside.

Syracuse landed its fourth offensive lineman in the 2015 class when Norwalk (Conn.) High OT Evan Adams gave a verbal pledge on Thursday.

Regional Impact

Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer has indicated that recruiting in the northeast is important for the future success of the program. That includes recruiting New England well.

Syracuse only landed one prospect in that region in the 2014 class, and has now surpassed that with the addition of Adams who joins Anthony Giudice as Connecticut prospects to pledge Orange. The 2014 prospect in question was running back Ervin Philips.

Philips also hailed from Connecticut, which does not normally produce an abundance of division one talent. But Syracuse wants to be a force in New England, and will continue to recruit the region hard.

Syracuse did a nice job identifying a talented prospect in a region they want to make a key pipeline at a position of need.

Positional Impact

Syracuse came into the 2015 class wanting five offensive linemen to add to their roster. Adams gives the Orange four players to fill up those slots. He gives Syracuse another prospect with ideal size for his position, and someone who is athletic.

Over the next two seasons, Syracuse will be losing Ivan Foy, Sean Hickey, Michael Lasker, John Miller, Rob Trudo and Nick Robinson from their offensive line group. There is a definite need for reinforcements.

The 2015 class is shaping up to be a strong class in the trenches, and they aren't done yet. There is still one more slot up for grabs. The Orange already have Sam Clausman, Colin Byrne, Cody Conway and now Adams in the mix. That is four talented offensive lineman.

Who will fill up the final slot? Andrejas Duerig is visiting next week and is the top target left on the board. Syracuse likes him as an interior lineman and he says the Orange are one of his favorites.

If Syracuse lands Duerig, that would round out a solid offensive line haul before the calendar turns to July.

Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?

Syracuse has a few prospects that are top priorities in the coming months. Linebacker Mohamed Barry is visiting next weekend. Syracuse is trying to get Daiquan Kelly back on campus and trying to schedule a visit with safety Marquise Blair.

Defensive tackle Wes Annan is also visiting, and Syracuse is trying to get Jamal Milan on campus.

Defensive prospects figure to be the priority going forward, with two defensive ends, one more defensive tackle, two safeties and four linebackers left to fill up the available slots.

Also look for the Orange to continue to make in-state prospects Qaadir Sheppard and Austrian Robinson big priorities.

Final Thoughts

Evan Adams is an under the radar prospect, but fits the mold of the athletic lineman with size that Syracuse likes. The Orange have done well at identifying OL targets this class and closing on them. There is one slot available up front with plenty of talented options left.

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