Who knew Connecticut would become a key pipeline state for Syracuse this cycle? Head coach Scott Shafer has indicated that northeast recruiting is pivotal to the success of the program going forward. The Orange have put those words to practice with their third player from the state and sixth from the northeast.
Ginnetti joins offensive tackle Evan Adams and defensive tackle Anthony Giudice in the class. This will be important in future cycles. Even though Connecticut does not regularly produce an abundance of division one talent, there are a few prospects every cycle worth pursuing.
If Syracuse can become the primary school for those prospects, it gives the Orange a strong clutch on New England. They have already offered two 2016 prospects in Connecticut in linebacker Koby Quansah and receiver Isaiah Wright. Three-star tight end Scooter Harrington is on the radar as well.
Syracuse wanted to add talent and depth to their defensive line this class. Ginnetti gives them their third such prospect already. He joins defensive end Dana Levine and tackle Anthony Giudice.
They aren't done yet, however. Defensive ends Qaadir Sheppard and Austrian Robinson are still big priorities, as is Jake Pickard. Pickard will be difficult to reel in with his recent offers from Ohio State and Oregon.
At tackle, Jamal Milan and Wes Annan are the top targets. Milan is a big time prospect who the Orange would love to add to their defensive line haul. He is visiting on Thursday. Annan will be visiting next week. Syracuse might take both, but could pass on Annan if they land Milan before hand.
Ginnetti is an important piece of the puzzle as he gives Syracuse size and athleticism at a position that needs an overhaul in the coming years.
Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?
Shyheim Cullen, Mohamed Barry, Marquise Blair and Daiquan Kelly all visit on Saturday with Jake Pickard checking out the campus on Sunday. Barry may already have his heart in Wisconsin, but Syracuse has a chance to make him reconsider.
Beyond that, filling out the class will be defensive centric. Four linebacker slots along with a few along the defensive line and in the defensive backfield still remain. The primary offensive target left is the tight end/wide receiver hybrid position.
Alex Parkinson is the top target, but another option may be emerging in Tucker Sigle. He has perfect size and an ideal skill set for the position. If Parkinson continues to take his time, it's possible the Orange make a move here. There is a very slim chance that Syracuse takes both.
Ginnetti came onto our radar late, but clearly has been on Syracuse's board for some time. The Orange moved quickly to add him once they could schedule a visit, and did another solid job closing the deal. He fills a need and has upside.