Massachusetts is not a big time pipeline for Syracuse in recent years. They did, however, land one of the state’s best in the 2015 cycle in three-star linebacker Shyheim Cullen. In 2016, the first pledge was from that state in a small twist.
DeGeorge is Syracuse’s only offer in Massachusetts, but they have expressed interest in two three-star prospects. Both of them are offensive tackles as well in Eddy Fish and Patrick Lawler. Syracuse isn’t likely to offer either anytime soon, as other prospects are higher on their board.
But they should continue to recruit both.
The DeGeorge commitment is not likely to have any big time impact in the state. Syracuse will not make it more of a priority and DeGeorge won’t likely cause other prospects to look at the Orange.
What it could do, however, is cause some prospects in 2017 or 2018 to have someone on the roster from their home state. If Syracuse pursues someone in one of those cycles, that will help when they visit. It always makes prospects feel closer to home when they have players on the roster from their home state.
Syracuse had a huge offensive line haul in 2015 with five prospects all rated as three-stars. Three of them were recruited as tackles. In 2016, the haul will not be as large. That does not mean, however, that offensive line is not a priority.
The likely numbers involve two tackles and one interior lineman. With DeGeorge filling up that spot, the emphasis turns to the other top prospects on the board. Interestingly, DeGeorge was the top player on Syracuse’s offensive tackle board higher rated prospects.
Liam Smith and Will Fries are two of Syracuse’s top targets. Fries is rated as a guard but the Orange believe he can play tackle. Other targets with offers include Tremayne Anchrum, Lucas Niang, Chandler Reeves and Patrick Kearns. But Fries and Smith would be the ideal candidates.
Both hail from New Jersey and are among the top players in that state. It would go along way towards Syracuse making a big impact this cycle. In addition, they are the most talented of the group.
Ultimately, only expect one more tackle this class unless both Smith and Fries want to jump on board. In that scenario, DeGeorge or Fries could slide inside if they need to bolster their depth there.
Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?
Syracuse just finished a big visit weekend where over 30 prospects were on campus. Syracuse will look to build on that momentum as well as from DeGeorge’s commitment by snagging some more this month.
Anthony Brown is the top target, maybe in the entire class, but certainly at quarterback. He indicated he considered committing during his visit on Saturday. Is it possible he pulls the trigger soon?
Robert Washington, a four star running back who has Syracuse in his top six, is set to announce his decision on April 25th. Between now and then, expect the Orange to go all out in order to be in the best position possible on that date.
The wide receiver position may gain some clarity over the next six to eight weeks. Syracuse has offered a bunch, including several three-star prospects in New Jersey. Look for the Orange to make a push for at least one between now and the end of summer.
Beyond that, Syracuse will hit the road to visit priority targets, evaluate other prospects, develop relationships and offer more players. The current quiet period ends on April 14th, meaning from the 15th on, the Syracuse coaches can visit players at their school.
Expect the coming months to be very busy on the recruiting front.
DeGeorge was off of everyone’s radar except the Syracuse staff. Last cycle, the found players like Evan Adams, Marquise Blair and others that also off of recruiting analyst’s radar. The Orange coaches are quickly developing a reputation for finding hidden gems. DeGeorge is a nice snag and gets them off to a solid start in 2016.