Recruiting Focus: 2016 Class

An early look at Syracuse's recruiting strategies and top targets in the 2016 cycle.

National Signing Day has come and gone and Syracuse’s day went as planned for the most part. Syracuse finished the day with the 49th ranked class, only the fourth time in the last 15 years they’ve finished in the top 50.

With the 2015 class now in the rearview mirror (or is it?), it’s time to look forward to the 2016 class where the Orange hope to make an even bigger splash. Who is on the board as the top targets? Here are some names to monitor.

Four-star running back Robert Washington (N.C.)
Four-star tight end Naseir Upshur (Pa.)
Four-star offensive tackle Liam Smith (N.J.)
Three-star running back Tyler Thompson (N.J.)
Three-star defensive tackle Bo Peek (Fla.)
Quarterback Anthony Brown (N.J.)
Quarterback Jack Brotzki (N.Y.)
Outside linebacker Jamir Jones (N.Y.)
Wide receiver Donald Stewart (N.J.)
Tight end Ray Marten (N.Y.)
Wide receiver Kolton Huber (N.J.)
Wide receiver Isaiah Wright (Conn.)
Outside linebacker Koby Quansah (Conn.)
Offensive guard Will Fries (N.J.)

The top positions this cycle will be wide receiver, quarterback and tight end. With the line heavy 2015 class, you should see the Orange go more towards skill position players in 2016. I could see Syracuse taking as many as four wide receivers, two quarterbacks and two tight ends.

Regionally, as you look at the top targets above, the northeast will become an even greater focus than the last few cycles. With Bobby Acosta taking over as recruiting coordinator and George McDonald now with N.C. State, New Jersey will likely replace Florida as Syracuse’s top pipeline state.

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