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 matched that with the addition of Giudice. 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 came into the 2015 class wanting to add talent to both lines. Along the defensive line, they have not had a ton of success from a commitment standpoint. Prior to Tuesday, defensive end Dana Levine was the only prospect who gave the Orange a verbal.
Giudice gives Syracuse an interior defensive line prospect who played defensive end in high school. That gives the Orange an athletic player with a bit more burst than the typical defensive tackle and a quicker first step.
He has a small frame right now, but has the ability to add significant weight. Giudice may not be an elite prospect, but he is a solid player with upside who could contribute over multiple years.
Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?
Syracuse is not finished at defensive tackle by any means. They will look to take at least one more, but more likely will try to snag two more at the position. At the top of the list are David Ryslik and Wes Annan. Both will visit before the month is out.
Syracuse will also look to finish up their offensive line haul. Evan Adams, a fellow Connecticut prospect, could commit within the next few days. Their other top offensive line target, Andrejas Duerig, will be visiting on Monday.
The Orange want four linebackers this class, and one of their top targets is visiting on the 21st of this month. Mohamed Barry has a visit to Wisconsin before hand. If he escapes that trip without committing, it speaks well for where the Orange stand.
Also of note is the "Y" position, otherwise known as a wide receiver/tight end hybrid. Frank Battle recently visited and seemed poised to commit, but Alex Parkinson is higher on Syracuse's board. Look for the Orange to wait out Parkinson, who could decide within the next month. If they miss on Parkinson, Battle would be back in the picture. There is only one slot in this class for "Y" position, and it will likely be one of those two prospects.
Giudice was an under the radar prospect who Syracuse viewed as having strong upside. Defensive line coach Tim Daoust has done more with less, and if the Orange took him this early with other targets on the board, it speaks to what they think of Giudice as a prospect.