Syracuse has been able to bring in 25 or more prospects in each of the last couple of recruiting cycles. That number jumped to 28 in 2015, with one player, defensive end Brandon Ginnetti, deferring his enrollment until 2016.
That 2016 cycle will not feature the same number of players as the Orange are limited by the 85 scholarship limit set by the NCAA. With players using up their eligibility, it appears that 18-20 slots will be up for grabs.
Filling in those 18-20 slots are several positions, including a few that are emerging as bigger priorities. Here is how we see the class shaking out right now. The number in parenthesis represents how many spots are available at that position in 2016 based on what we are hearing.
Middle Linebacker (1)
Top Targets: Elysee Mbem-Bosse
Top Targets: Patrice Rene
The evaluation period is coming up in April, where many more names will emerge. Syracuse will offer dozens of more prospects and shift their board. New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Ohio and Illinois will continue to be the top pipeline states.