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The latest on where things stand with Syracuse's top targets

With only eight days until National Signing Day, here is the latest on where things stand with Syracuse targets.

Doyle Grimes, OLB, Homestead (Fla.) South Dade

Grimes decommitted from Marshall on Monday, leaving the door open for Syracuse to regain his pledge. The Orange are definitely interested, and this should be an interested signing day decision.

Steven Clark, OL/DL, Guntersville (Ala.) Brindlee Mountain

Signs seemed to be point towards Florida after his official visit over the weekend. But something happened that made Clark think deeply about his decision and postpone any final declaration. Originally looking to decide Monday night, there is now no exact timetable for his selection. The Gators and Syracuse seem to be the top two options with Ole Miss still somewhat in the picture.

Jake Pickard, DE, Millburn (N.J.) High

Not only did Pickard not commit to Michigan over the weekend, but Syracuse sent several coaches for an in-home visit on Monday, braving winter storm Juno in the process. Attending the visit for Syracuse were head coach Scott Shafer, wide receivers coach Bobby Acosta, defensive line coach Tim Daoust, defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough, defensive backs coach Fred Reed and running backs coach DeAndre Smith. The visit went well, according to Pickard. This will be a tight race over the next several days with Michigan still looking to visit sometime this week. But Syracuse is definitely doing everything they can to land the coveted three-star defensive end.

Kenny Carter, DE/DT Plainfield (N.J.) High

Carter’s status with Syracuse may be dependent on numbers and the Pickard/Clark situations. This is one to monitor going forward as some resolutions to both of those players could come over the next four or five days.

Nate Howard, DE, Ladue (Mo.) Horton Watkins High

Syracuse is still on the outside looking in on this one. Howard choosing the Orange seems more and more like a long shot. But the staff isn't giving up. They will make one more push with an in-home visit tonight.

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