Priorities

Syracuse has only a few slots left in the 2015 class. Which positions are the Orange still pursuing and who are the top targets at each? CuseNation.com breaks it all down inside.

Syracuse’s 2015 class is filling up faster than any class has since Scout.com was born. With the work the staff has already done this class, there are only a few positions with slots yet to be filled.

Defensive Tackle

Top Targets: Jamal Milan
Next In Line: Wes Annan
Names to Monitor: David Ryslik
Notes: Milan visited Syracuse last month and things went very well. The Orange are confident in where they stand and he would round out a solid haul at the position. Should Milan choose to go elsewhere, Syracuse would then turn to Wes Annan. If he has moved from the Orange at that point, David Ryslik would jump back onto the radar.

Defensive End

Top Targets: Qaadir Sheppard, Jake Pickard, Amir Ealey, Austrian Robinson
Next In Line: G.G. Robinson, Shareef Miller
Names to Monitor: Kenny Carter
Notes: Syracuse would take any combination of the four top targets. Maybe most important in that group are Sheppard and Pickard. Landing an in-state talent like Sheppard combined with a New Jersey prospect with national offers like Pickard would be big statements. Should Syracuse miss on a few, Miller and Robinson become bigger priorities. Kenny Carter is another Garden State talent whose only offer is Syracuse. If they need a player late, Carter could be the guy. There are academic concerns, however.”

Linebacker

Top Targets: Troy Henderson, Anthony McKee
Next In Line: Kyle Pugh, Saleem Brightwell, Emilio Gibbs
Names to Monitor: Doug Salter, Roy Yancey, Sterling Sheffield
Notes: In a perfect world for Syracuse, they would land Henderson and McKee to round out their linebacker haul. Henderson is visiting Syracuse and Nebraska before deciding with Rutgers also in the mix. McKee has a top-10 with Syracuse in it and hopes to visit this summer. Pugh is an interesting case. He seemed to be ready to pick Syracuse, but will now take officials before deciding. Syracuse could move on. Players like Emilio Gibbs, Saleem Brightwell, Doug Salter, Roy Yancey and Sterling Sheffield could become priorities.

Defensive Back

Top Targets: Daivon Ellison, Jazzee Stocker
Next In Line: D’Andre Smart, C.J. Maybin
Names to Monitor: Antonyo Sotolongo
Notes: Syracuse already has three talented safeties committed, but Jazzee Stocker may be too much to pass up. The Orange will continue to recruit him. Daivon Ellison is viewed as a versatile prospect who can play corner or safety, and Syracuse sits in a good spot with him. If the Orange land Ellison, Stocker would be the other player they would take in the defensive backfield. If Syracuse missed on both, Smart and Maybin could jump back onto the radar. Sotolongo is a player offensive coordinator George McDonald really likes, and Syracuse could get back into the mix depending on how things go with the other prospects.


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