Syracuse Recruiting Hot Board: Off. Tackle

Offensive tackle is a critical position in every recruiting cycle. In 2016, Syracuse already has one in the mix and is looking to add more. How many? Who are the top targets and where do things stand? Who could snag offers down the road? We have the inside scoop.

Syracuse may have landed five offensive linemen in the 2015 cycle, but are still looking to add talented depth up front. Offensive tackle is always a critical position, and the Orange already have one of their two slots filled.

Slots Available: 2
Currently Committed: 1 (Cam DeGeorge)
2015 signees: 3

Committed elsewhere: Sean Foster, Liam Smith, Nick Krimin, Braxton Webb

The Top Tier

Will Fries is listed as a guard prospect, but Syracuse may like him on the outside. He has enough versatility to play either, and is the clear top offensive line prospect remaining on the board.

Patrick Kearns has held an offer for some time and visited for the spring game. He remains very high on the Orange and is one of their top targets at offensive tackle. Consider Kearns one of the frontrunners to land the last slot.

Justin Witt is a talented and popular prospect. Syracuse loves his ability to move, pull and run for his size. He feels like a Big-10 type of lineman, and the key for Syracuse is getting him on campus for a visit.

Tremayne Anchrum does not have as much size as other prospects, but his athleticism, skill and footwork provide a lot of upside. That said, the big in-state school, Georgia, recently offered. This one will be tough for the Orange to win.

Thomas Schaffer is a highly coveted tackle. Syracuse loves his ability, but this will be a tough one to win with Michigan State, Nebraska and Wisconsin all involved.

The Next Level

Lucas Niang has visited Syracuse multiple times. He is from a pipeline state in Connecticut, and Syracuse continues to recruit him hard. Hey may move up to the top group if others move on from the Orange.

Josh Ball is another talented player, but appears to be behind some of their other targets. Another target with ideal size, his recruitment will be one to monitor.

Chandler Reeves is starting to become a hot prospect. Syracuse has recruited well in the Peach State in the past and Reeves could potentially continue that success. Keep an eye on him over the summer. He could blow up even more.

Other Names to Watch

Justin Morgan is a talented in-state target. He has a nice frame but needs to shed some baby fat in order to take that next step in his development. If Syracuse has a slot to fill as the cycle progresses, he could be one to snag an offer down the road.

Thomas Lopez, a prospect from New Jersey, visited Syracuse during the spring game. He likes Syracuse a lot, but is still waiting for that offer. He is likely a backup plan, but is a name to watch.

Johncarlo Valentin has already visited Syracuse for the spring game. Syracuse likes him, but not enough to offer just yet. They will continue to monitor him going forward.

Alex Motley is a New Jersey target with nice size. Given Syracuse’s efforts in the Garden State, he could jump onto the radar late if they need to fill a slot.

Elijah Johnson already holds several offers, but Syracuse could look his way if things don’t go well with their other targets. He has ideal size and a lot of athleticism.

Stone Forsythe should be considered on his name alone. Outside of that, he’s a division one prospect on several school’s radar with the size Syracuse looks for in an offensive tackle.


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