Recruiting Weekend Primer

Syracuse will have six 2016 prospects on campus Sunday and two class of 2015 signees. Full preview inside.

With national signing day for the 2015 class almost a month in the rearview mirror, Syracuse is focusing on the 2016 cycle. They have their first day with multiple prospects on campus coming up on Sunday.

All of the players visiting are from New Jersey, as Syracuse looks to continue to build that pipeline. Helping their efforts on Sunday will be 2015 signees Jake Pickard and Dontae Strickland. Both will also be on campus showing the players below around and talking up the Orange.

Strickland will only be on campus for that day, but Pickard is staying through Monday night’s basketball game against Virginia.

Here is a look at who will be visiting.

Player: Will Fries
Class: 2016
Position: Offensive Guard
Rating: 3-star
Height/Weight: 6-foot-6/265 lbs.
School: Cranford Senior High (Cranford, N.J.)
Syracuse Offer: Yes
Other Offers: Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Maryland, Miami, NC State, Northwestern, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
Notes: Fries is one of Syracuse’s top offensive line targets in the class. He already boasts an impressive offer list. He has been in contact with both Bobby Acosta and Joe Adam.

Player: Tyler Thompson
Class: 2016
Position: Running Back
Rating: 3-star
Height/Weight: 5-foot-11/180 lbs.
School: Ocean Township High (Oakhurst, N.J.)
Syracuse Offer: Yes
Other Offers: Boston College, Old Dominion, Temple
Notes: Thompson tried to visit multiple times during the 2014 season but was unable to make it to campus. Now, he is set to check things out in person for the first time. Coach Acosta has been in touch with him for a long time.

Player: Anthony Brown
Class: 2016
Position: Quarterback
Rating: 3-star
Height/Weight: 6-foot-1/180 lbs.
School: St. John Vianney Regional (Holmdel, N.J.)
Syracuse Offer: Yes
Other Offers: Northwestern, Old Dominion
Notes: Syracuse was the first to discover Brown’s talents, who works in the offseason with former Orange quarterback Madei Williams. Williams raves about Brown’s abilities, and Syracuse wants to bring in one or two quarterback this cycle. He is one of their top targets.

Player: Gene Coleman
Class: 2016
Position: Wide Receiver
Rating: 3-star
Height/Weight: 6-foot-0/180 lbs.
School: Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.)
Syracuse Offer: Yes
Other Offers: Rutgers
Notes: Coleman is one of the most talented prospects in a deep New Jersey wide receivers class. It is a key position for Syracuse in 2016, and he is one of the Orange’s top targets. This will be one of several visits he takes during the spring and is a chance for Syracuse to make an impression.

Player: Sal Mauro
Class: 2016
Position: Defensive End
Rating: NR
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3/234 lbs.
School: Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.)
Syracuse Offer: No
Other Offers: None
Notes: Mauro will come seeking an offer. He is another one of Bergen Catholic’s talented players. It is a great school in which to have connections as Syracuse looks to build a strong relationship there. Mauro is originally from Staten Island, and considers Syracuse a home-state team.

Player: Emmanuel Appiah
Class: 2016
Position: Cornerback
Rating: NR
Height/Weight: 6-foot-0.5/180 lbs.
School: Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.)
Syracuse Offer: No
Other Offers: Stanford
Notes: Appiah is a fast corner with size. While he does not have a Syracuse offer yet, it would not be surprising if he added one at some point.


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