There has been plenty of news surrounding Syracuse Athletics over the past week, most of which involving the NCAA ruling. But recruiting is in full bore for both basketball and football. Here is the latest inside information on both fronts.
- NEW OFFERS
Syracuse has sent out several offers in the past week. They include defensive lineman Amir Watts (Chicago, IL), defensive tackle Josh Keeler (Orlando, FL), defensive end Zander Zimmer (Orlando, FL), guard Chris Owens (Arlington, TX), tackle Nathan Smith (Murrieta, CA), tight end Brendan Scales (Wildwood, MO) and guard Chase Behrndt (Wildwood, MO).
The offers are interesting to say the least, many of them outside of Syracuse’s normal recruiting area. What this signals, however, is what positions the Orange are prioritizing in 2016. Offensive and defensive linemen will again be important as will tight end. Syracuse is looking to bolster their talent along the line of scrimmage.
- IN-STATE OLB ELIAS REYNOLDS
Reynolds was offered by Syracuse nearly two weeks ago. He has been speaking with assistant coach Joe Adam on a regular basis. The two are developing a solid relationship.
- DT EDDY FISH
Syracuse has been recruiting two-way lineman Eddy Fish of Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy for some time. Another Joe Adam target, Fish remains interested in the Orange.
He does not have an offer yet, but is very much on the radar. He says he is visiting on the 22nd. If things go well, an offer is possible.
- 4-STAR OT LIAM SMITH
Smith remains one of Syracuse’s top targets in the 2016 class. Bobby Acosta and Joe Adam are both staying in contact on a regular basis. The Orange are in a good spot as Smith remains interested.
The four star prospect will be back on the Syracuse campus for the spring game on April 4th. It is another chance for the Orange to make a big impression .
- SPRING GAME VISIT WEEKEND
Speaking of the spring game, that weekend is looking it will be a big visit weekend. Here are the confirmed visitors we have at this point. It will definitely grow as the spring game approaches.
4-star OT Liam Smith, 3-star RB Tyler Thompson, 3-star OG Will Fries (tentative), WR Kenny Yeboah and 2017 WR Darien Street . Three star quarterback Anthony Brown said he will be unable to make it. A few other possiblities to visit, who are considering it but have not committed to making the trip, are in-state targets Jamir Jones, Noah DeHond and Taysir Mack.
- 2015 SIGNEES REMAIN COMMITTED
Yes, since the four players in Syracuse’s 2015 class signed their national letters of intent, they would have to be released from those letters in order to look elsewhere. That release would have to come from Syracuse. Sometimes, however, a prospect will make a big public display when the team they signed with is sanctioned.
- RICHARDSON NAMED TO ALL-STAR ROSTERS
The highest ranked player in Syracuse’s 2015 class is five star Malachi Richardson. The talented wing has been named to the McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic rosters in recent weeks.
The honors are warranted as Richardson is one of the most talented players in his class. The sharp-shooter has the potential to make an immediate impact when he arrives on campus.
- 5-STAR TYUS BATTLE
Battle is the top target for Syracuse in the 2016 class. After telling CuseNation.com that he was still interested in the Orange after the sanctions came out, he was contacted by head coach Jim Boeheim and assistant Mike Hopkins.
The two Syracuse coaches reiterated their strong interest in his services and that they would continue to recruit him hard. The numbers still have to be worked out, so we shall see where this one goes. But if the staff thinks there will be room, that says a lot about where the roster is headed.
- 2016 VERBAL MATTHEW MOYER
Moyer was apprehensive about the sanctions when they came out, fearing Syracuse would not a spot for him. But Friday night, coach Boeheim reached out to speak with the four star forward.
After that conversation, Moyer is staying committed. He was assured by Boeheim that there is a scholarship available for him, which was all he needed to hear .
- ROSTER MOVEMENT
In order to free up room for Moyer, and potentially Battle, Syracuse needs some roster turnover. In order to get down to 10 scholarships for the 2016-17 season, three players will have to leave between now and then. Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney are graduating after next season and Chris McCullough will likely turn pro at the same time.
That brings the roster down to 10, needing one player to leave to make room for Moyer, two for Battle. Two candidates to leave early are B.J. Johnson and Ron Patterson. A source informed CuseNation.com that Patterson is planning to stay as of now, though things are subject to change. Johnson said after Saturday’s finale that he is returning for his junior season.
So where will those slots come from? It is hard to say at this point, but these things have a way of working themselves out. Just something to monitor over the next year and a half.
- 2016 POINT GUARDS
While obviously Tyus Battle is the top target, Syracuse is looking at backup options at point guard. They have recently been in attendance to see local product Quinton Rose and Hazard (Ky.) Perry Co point guard Braxton Beverly.
Syracuse has recruited Rose for some time, staying in touch every so often. For Beverly, this was the first he has heard of the Orange showing interest. A situation to monitor for sure. Beverly could also be a walk-on candidate as he is on the smaller side, though he has mid-major type offers.