Syracuse has done very well in the Midwest over the last two cycles. In this class alone, they have Andrejas Duerig and Cody Conway who both hail from Illinois. Blair is the third player from the region and first from Ohio.
Syracuse is still pursuing other players from the Midwest, though not from the Buckeye State. Illinois prospects Jamal Milan (defensive tackle) and Kyle Pugh (linebacker) are top priorities at their position. Syracuse hosted both recently and are in a good spot for both.
Defensive tackle Wes Annan is also on the radar and is from Illinois.
Ohio does have four-star linebacker Anthony McKee, who wants to visit. However landing him will be very, very tough for Syracuse.
Despite Syracuse's impressive defensive back haul in the 2014 class, safety was still a priority this class. Specifically, Syracuse could not pass on the talent of Marquise Blair. Coach Shafer told Blair that he reminded him of current star safety Durell Eskridge.
If Blair turns out to be the player that Eskridge has developed into, Syracuse found themselves another high quality under the radar diamond in the rough.
The Orange are not done at safety with priority targets Daiquan Kelly and Jazzee Stocker still on the radar. It is plausible that they could take both. Kelly is slated to visit this coming weekend, where a commitment is not completely out of the question.
Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?
It has been a furious two weeks as Syracuse now has six verbal commitments during that time frame. Don't expect the Orange to rest on their accomplishments thus far. They will look to make a big impression on Daiquan Kelly, one of the most talented players in New Jersey.
Jake Pickard, a three-star athlete, visited on Sunday and the vist put Syracuse among his top schools. He says he will visit again before making a decision by early September.
The priority in the immediate future will shift towards Alex Parkinson, the top target at the "Y" position otherwise known as a tight end/wide receiver hybrid. The Orange may try to get him on campus again before the month ends.
Also on the immediate radar is three-star linebacker Sawyer Dawson. He visited over the weekend as well, and put the Orange on top after the trip. Dawson has visits coming up with Purdue and Toledo, with a decision coming sometime afterwards.
Blair may have been the top defensive player on Syracuse's board regardless of position. The Orange think very highly of the talented safety and he could be one of the gems of the class. He is a nice recruiting win for Syracuse, but the key will be for him to qualify as he works on his academics going forward.