Syracuse is making several positions, and players, priorities in the 2016 recruiting cycle.

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.

Quarterback (1)
Top Targets: Jack Brotzki, Anthony Brown

Running Back (1)
Top Targets: Robert Washington, Moe Neal, Tyler Thompson

Wide Receiver (3)
Top Targets: K.J. Gray, Isaiah Wright, Donald Stewart, Kolton Huber, Taysir Mack, Gene Coleman, Jovani Haskins

Tight End (2)
Top Targets: Naseir Upshur, Ray Marten, Jacob Morgenstern

Offensive Line (2)
Top Targets: Liam Smith, Connor McGovern, Will Fries, Parker Boudreaux, Justin Morgan, Patrick Kearns

Defensive End (2)
Top Targets: Terrell Hall, Keith Simms, Shaka Toney

Defensive Tackle (3)
Top Targets: Mike Panasiuk, Bravvion Roy, William Mack, Michael Dwumfour

Outside Linebacker (2)
Top Targets: Jamir Jones, Koby Quansah, Rashawn Battle, Tabarius Peterson

Middle Linebacker (1)
Top Targets: Elysee Mbem-Bosse

Cornerback (1)
Top Targets: Patrice Rene

Safety (2)
Top Targets: Tony Butler, Eddie Hahn, Andrew Pryts

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.

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