The recruiting calendar is flipping over from a quiet period to an evaluation period. The evaluation period begins on April 15th and ends on May 31st. What exactly does the evaluation period permit? Here is the exact language from the NCAA website:
”An authorized off-campus recruiter may use one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s athletics ability and one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s academic qualifications during this evaluation period. If an institution’s coaching staff member conducts both an athletics and an academic evaluation of the prospective student-athlete on the same day during this evaluation period, the institution shall be charged with the use of an academics evaluation only and shall be permitted to conduct a second athletics evaluation of the prospective student-athlete on a separate day during this evaluation period.”
Since nothing the NCAA explains can be done in an easy and clear manner, what this basically means is that Syracuse can watch practice to evaluate a player and also spend a second day looking at transcripts in order to evaluate their academic standing.
How will Syracuse utilize this time period?
They will send each of their assistants to their respective recruiting areas in order to give prospects a second look, visit priority targets and discover new players that they will offer. Last cycle, many prospects that ended up on Syracuse’s radar and several that ended up signing with the Orange were discovered during this time. It is a critical time for the entire cycle.
Wide receivers coach Bobby Acosta will hit up his familiar stomping ground of New Jersey. Expect him to visit St. John Vianney Regional School to see top quarterback target Anthony Brown. He will also visit Ocean Township to see three-star running back Tyler Thompson.
Also on coach Acosta’s list will be Jovani Haskins out of Bergenfield High, Will Fries at Cranford High, Jamal Holloway at Camden High and Solomon Manning at Colonia High. Don’t be surprised if several more offers go out in New Jersey as well.
Names to watch for new offers include Don Bosco’s Brandon Simon and Tyrone Hill, DePaul Catholic’s Zaire Bethea and Michael Dwumfour, South Brunswick’s Wendell Allen and Phil Campbell and Bergen Catholic’s Emmanuel Appiah.
Commit Sadiq Palmer will also receive a visit.
Offensive line coach Joe Adam will hit up New York City. The most important trip he will make will be to Poly Prep in Brooklyn. That is where three-star tight end Ray Marten plays as well as 2017 offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson. Also a 2017 target, defensive tackle Romello Martin at Lincoln High will be visited.
Grand Street High School will also be a primary stop for coach Adam to see Taysir Mack and fellow three-star receiver Ahmed Bah. Bah doesn’t have an offer yet, but is an intriguing prospect to monitor.
Cardinal Hayes High has a couple of interesting prospects in defensive end Abdoul Kouyate and running back/cornerback Timothy Poindexter. Neither have offers at this point, but could if Adam likes what he sees.
Western New York and Connecticut is where defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough will be. Jamir Jones, Deemetrius Breedlove, Noah DeHond, Isaiah Brown, and Zac Lefebvre will get a visit from the Western New York side of things.
Also keep an eye on athlete Johnell Gamble. He could play linebacker, defensive end or fullback. He’s versatile, physical and tough. A source says coach Bullough likes Gamble, and if he performs well during his evaluation, could warrant an offer. At a minimum, he should receive a summer camp invite.
In Connecticut, expect three-star inside linebacker Zachary Kastenhuber to get a visit. He is very high on Syracuse and this will give the Orange a chance to show him they are still very interested. At Kingwood Oxford Upper, three-star outside linebacker Koby Quansah and three-star receiver Isaiah Wright will both be visited along with quarterback Jacob Hallenbeck.
Connecticut prospects that could be ones to watch regarding offers include tight end Jay Rose out of Southington High, interior offensive lineman Seyoum Settepani out of Cheshire Academy, cornerback Tahj Herring out of Suffield Academy and safety Tyler Coyle out of Windsor High.
Sophomore four-star wide receiver Tarik Black will also be visited. Syracuse was the first school to offer Black, but his recruitment is tarting to blow up.
Clark Lea will be hitting up the Midwest along with DeAndre Smith and coach Adam. In Illinois, Syracuse will visit four-star safety Kenney Lyke, three-star tight end Albert Okwuegbunam, three-star defensive tackle Mike Panasiuk, three-star offensive tackles Thomas Schaffer and Justin Witt as well as three-star defensive end Amir Watts.
Defensive backs coach Fred Reed will be in Georgia to look for potential targets and visit current offerees. Middle linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse, offensive tackle Tremayne Anchrum, cornerback Korey Banks, linebacker Tabarius Peterson, and offensive tackles Chandler Reeves and Patrick Kearns will receive visits as will safety Will Harper.
Expect Syracuse to be active in Florida as well. Coach Acosta as well as offensive coordinator Tim Lester will be both spend time in the Sunshine State. Craig Watts, Jacob Mathis, Trayvon Mullen, Parker Boudreaux, Alexy Jean-Baptiste, Johnny Huntley, Aaron Thompson and many others will be visited.
You can’t forget the Keystone State, where defensive line coach Tim Daoust will be heading. Tight end Naseir Upshur, running backs Kaezon Pugh, Khaleke Hudson and Tyliek Raynor will receive visits as will linebacker Rashawn Battle and defensive end Shaka Toney.
Syracuse will be very busy throughout the evaluation period. As it often does, it will have a profound impact on the rest of the cycle for the Orange. Several new key targets will emerge and some may even make their decision during that time. With spring football over, it is time for the coaches to get back on the recruiting trail.