Huge Recruiting Weekend Upcoming for Syracuse

The season may be over, but the job of the Syracuse Orange coaches is only just beginning. The focus now is on recruiting, and there is an important official visit weekend upcoming.

The 2014 Syracuse football season is over. The Orange coaching staff will no shift their focus to recruiting between now and national signing day in February 2015. That focus will be on keeping their talented class, currently ranked 38th in the country, together and filling up the remaining slots with other impact players. They are set to host 15 players for official visits this weekend. Complete list below.

Player: Amir Ealey
Class: 2015
Position: Defensive End/Tight End
Rating: 3-star
Positional Rank: #26 TE
Height/Weight: 6-foot-4/230 lbs.
School: Coatesville Area High School (Coatesville, Pa.)
Status: Uncommitted
Notes: Ealey is a versatile athlete with a ton of upside. He has all of the measurables you look for on either side of the ball, though Syracuse prefers him at defensive end. Maryland, Pittsburgh and Central Florida are also in the mix.

Player: Jazzee Stocker
Class: 2015
Position: Safety
Rating: 3-star
Positional Rank: #38 S
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3/185 lbs.
School: Coatesville Area High School (Coatesville, Pa.)
Status: Uncommitted
Notes: Stocker has been high on Syracuse’s wish list throughout the cycle. He is also looking at Pittsburgh, Duke and Rutgers.

Player: Qaadir Sheppard
Class: 2015
Position: Defensive End
Rating: 3-star
Positional Rank: #137 DE
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3/222 lbs.
School: Iona Preparatory School (New Rochelle, NY)
Status: Uncommitted
Notes: Sheppard is the top in-state talent left on the board for Syracuse and is at a position of need. Sheppard also has officials to Central Florida and Connecticut set up, but other programs such as North Carolina, Pittsburgh Boston College and Miami are also involved.

Player: Tyree St. Louis
Class: 2015
Position: Offensive Tackle
Rating: 3-star
Positional Rank: #42 OT
Height/Weight: 6-foot-5/302 lbs.
School: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Status: Verbal to Miami
Notes: St. Louis is currently committed to Miami, but is giving Syracuse a look. The fact that he’s willing to take an official visit at least means he’s willing to consider the Orange. It may be tough to flip him, but you don’t have a shot unless you get him on campus.

Player: Jonathan Crawford
Class: 2015
Position: Safety
Rating: 3-star
Positional Rank:#54 S
Height/Weight: 6-foot-1.5/171 lbs.
School: Largo High School (Largo, Fla.)
Status: Uncommitted
Notes: Crawford is a versatile defensive back who can play corner or safety. He has already taken his official visit to Iowa and Indiana. After his visit to Syracuse, he will likely round out his five officials with North Carolina and Louisville. He is a former high school teammate of current Syracuse freshman Cordell Hudson.

Player: Donovan Hale
Class: 2015
Position: Quarterback
Rating: 2-star
Positional Rank:NR
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3/200 lbs.
School: Largo High School (Largo, Fla.)
Status: Uncommitted
Notes: Syracuse loves Hale’s athletic ability. He has the talent to play quarterback, wide receiver or defensive back at the next level. He has already officially visited Indiana. Virginia Tech is also involved.

Player: Doyle Grimes
Class: 2015
Position: Outside Linebacker
Rating: 3-star
Positional Rank:#122 OLB
Height/Weight: 6-foot-2/200 lbs.
School: Champagnat Catholic of Hialeah (Hialeah, Fla.)
Status: Verbal to Marshall
Notes: Grimes was once committed to Syracuse, then later decommitted after taking an official to Marshall. Shortly after that, he committed to the Herd but is still visiting Syracuse. He is friends with some of the Florida players on Syracuse’s roster.

Player: Steven Clark
Class: 2015
Position: Defensive Tackle
Rating: 2-star
Positional Rank: NR
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3/290 lbs.
School: Brindlee Mountain High School (Guntersville, Ala.)
Status: Uncommitted
Notes: Clark decommitted from South Alabama shortly after Syracuse offered and became major players. Minnesota is also starting to get involved. This visit will be critical for where the Orange stand.

Player: Matt Keller
Class: 2015
Position: Long Snapper
Rating: NR
Positional Rank:NR
Height/Weight: 6-foot-0/225 lbs.
School: Penn Manor High School (Millersville, Pa.)
Status: Uncommitted
Notes: Syracuse is losing long snapper Sam Rodgers to graduation and need a replacement. Keller could be that guy. As of now, Syracuse is his only offer. North Carolina and Louisville have both shown interest.

Player: Calvin Steyn
Class: 2015
Position: Offensive Tackle
Rating: NR
Positional Rank:NR
Height/Weight: 6-foot-5/307 lbs.
School: Saddleback College (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Status: Uncommitted
Notes: Steyn is a junior college prospect but does not have a Syracuse offer yet. This will be a situation to monitor going forward.

Player: Marquise Blair
Class: 2015
Position: Safety
Rating: 3-star
Positional Rank: #32 S
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3/185 lbs.
School: Wooster High School (Wooster, Ohio)
Status: Verbal to Syracuse
Notes: Blair is Syracuse’s highest ranked commit in the 2015 class. He was a great find by the Orange coaching staff. Blair has a strong relationship with head coach Scott Shafer.

Player: Evan Adams
Class: 2015
Position: Offensive Tackle
Rating: 3-star
Positional Rank: #68 OT
Height/Weight: 6-foot-6/300 lbs.
School: Norwalk High School (Norwalk, Conn.)
Status: Verbal to Syracuse
Notes: Adams could be the future at offensive tackle for Syracuse. His frame, athleticism, mean streak and footwork give him a ton of upside.

Player: Dana Levine
Class: 2015
Position: Defensive End
Rating: 3-star
Positional Rank: #133 DE
Height/Weight: 6-foot-4/230 lbs.
School: Hallandale High School (Hallandale, Fla.)
Status: Verbal to Syracuse
Notes: Levine committed to Syracuse without visiting, so this is a chance for the Orange to solidify his decision.

Player: Keivonnis Davis
Class: 2015
Position: Defensive End
Rating: 3-star
Positional Rank: #138 DE
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3/220 lbs.
School: Miami Central High School (Miami, Fla.)
Status: Verbal to Syracuse
Notes: Davis committed about three weeks ago after Syracuse offered and made a big push. This will be his first trip to Central New York, and gives the Orange a chance to show the three-star talent that he made the right decision.

Player: Trey Dunkelberger
Class: 2015
Position: Tight End
Rating: 2-star
Positional Rank: NR
Height/Weight: 6-foot-4/240 lbs.
School: Pierce College (Woodland Hills, Calif.)
Status: Verbal to Syracuse
Notes: Dunkelberger could not wait to make his decision public and therefore committed before his visit. This trip just gives him a chance to see his future home. He will sign on the 17th and enroll in January.

Continue to check back as more names may be added to the list throughout the week.

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