One of the keys for Syracuse football recruiting is keeping in-state targets home. Here’s a look back at how the Orange did in 2015 and look ahead to the 2016 class.
Syracuse hit on three New York targets last cycle. They include three-star running backs Jordan Fredericks (Gatorade player of the year in New York State) and Tyrone Perkins as well as two-star defensive end Qaadir Sheppard. The Orange identified Fredericks and Perkins early, and landed pledges from each before other schools could make a big push.
Syracuse continues to miss on the top player in the state, however, as Tyrone Wheatley committed to Michigan to play where his father played and currently coaches. The Orange also missed on Austrian Robinson, though Syracuse’s interest in the Trinity-Pawling star never seemed to be there. Another solid in-state athlete, Kamaal Seymour, committed to Rutgers early.
Top 2016 Targets
The top early targets in New York are clear. Linebacker Jamir Jones (Aquinas Institute in Rochester), wide receiver Taysir Mack (Grand Street High in Brooklyn) and tight end Ray Marten (Poly Prep in Brooklyn) are all three star prospects high on the Orange’s board.
Jones has already visited Syracuse a few times and continues to stay in touch with their coach staff. He is hoping to get on campus more than once this spring. He is the younger brother of Notre Dame standout Jarron Jones.
Mack is an intriguing prospect. Players with his size and athleticism don’t come around every cycle within the Empire State. He’s a player Syracuse should pursue hard given he is at arguably their most key position in the 2016 cycle. A spring visit is likely.
Another interesting position for 2016 is tight end. Syracuse has offered the top prospect in New York at the position in Ray Marten. He is built perfectly for the position and may be ideal for Tim Lester’s new offense.
Other Names To Monitor
Timothy Poindexter, a three-star running back out of Cardinal Hayes High, is a natural runner who is already on the Syracuse radar despite no offer. Expect the Orange to continue to monitor him, though he may be a backup plan.
Daekwon Wilson, a running back/cornerback from Rush-Henrietta High, has a lot of athletic ability. The key for him is to develop his skills off the field. He does not have an offer from Syracuse yet.
Joshua Mack may be as talented a player as there is in New York State, especially in the Rochester area. He has size, elusiveness and speed.
Sticking in the Rochester area are defensive back Isaiah Brown and offensive tackle Noah DeHond. Brown has been impressive in camps, but has run a slow 40-time. Syracuse continues to recruit him, but has yet to offer. DeHond has perfect size and has visited Syracuse multiple times. Despite not being offered yet, the Orange could make him a priority.
A pair of Western New York quarterbacks, Jared Gerbino and Todd LaRocca, are names to monitor as well. Neither has an offer but are being recruited. LaRocca even camped last summer and both are expected to do this summer as well.
Terius Wheatley, the younger brother of Tyrone Wheatley Jr., is also receiving early interest. He may be someone that starts to receive a lot of offers this summer, so keep an eye on him.
One of the top quarterbacks on Syracuse’s board is Jack Brotzki from local CBA. His father works in the athletic department and he already has a good relationship with the coaching staff. Syracuse is his only offer for now, but he could start to generate more interest if he hits the camp circuit.
Syracuse will have its work cut out for them to keep some of these players home. Jones, Mack, Marten and others are sure to attract a lot of regional attention. Syracuse will go after several targets hard, and look to bring home a handful of Empire State prospects in this class. The goal right now is to surpass the 2015 haul of three home-state players.