After an important official visit weekend for Syracuse, more so due to key targets visiting elsewhere, here is the latest on prospects who’s status is still in doubt.
Jake Pickard, DE, Millburn (N.J.) High
Pickard left his Michigan official without committing. That is great news for Syracuse. Now, it is up to their pitch when the entire defensive coaching staff and head coach Scott Shafer visits his home on Monday. That visit could tell the tale of where Syracuse stands with the three-star defensive end.
Kenny Carter, DE/DT Plainfield (N.J.) High
Carter took an official visit over the weekend to Syracuse, one of only two offers he currently holds. Temple's offer does not appear to be on the table at this point, leaving the Orange in prime position. The only caveat may be if Central Florida makes a last minute push. They haven't offered yet, and appear to see Carter as a backup plan. In that scenario, it would only seem to matter if Syracuse has not already received a commitment from the 6-foot-4 defensive lineman. The answer to that may be determined over the next few days, depending on whether or not Syracuse decides to pursue even harder.
Nate Howard, DE, Ladue (Mo.) Horton Watkins High
His official visit to the hometown school Missouri went very well. The Tigers and Illinois appear to be ahead of Syracuse in this one. The further it gets from his official at Syracuse, the less and less likely it is that the Orange land the talented defensive lineman.
Najee Clayton, S, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic
After Rutgers appeared to hire Clayton’s former Paramus Catholic head coach, the Scarlet Knights appeared to be in the perfect position to land the three-star athlete. Syracuse made a strong push prior to, and when the coach’s offer was pulled, appeared to be back in a solid position. But it seems his official visit to aforementioned Rutgers went very well. While he has Syracuse in his top three along with Rutgers and Pitt, the Orange seem to be fading here.
Steven Clark, OL/DL, Guntersville (Ala.) Brindlee Mountain
Syracuse seemed poised to hang on here despite the pursuit from SEC Florida. However, the visit went better than expected and alleviated any concerns Clark had about playing offense. The Gators are in a much better position than they were just a few days ago, which is not good for Syracuse.