Syracuse has been very stingy with their interior offensive linemen offers in the 2016 cycle. There is likely only slot available, with the potential for two depending on how the rest of the cycle plays out. There is a definitive pecking order at this point as well.
Slots Available: 1-2
Currently Committed: 0
2015 signees: 1
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. The Orange would take him regardless of how the rest of the cycle plays out and slots available.
Parker Boudreaux is another target Syracuse identified early and recruited hard. But those efforts proved not to be fruitful. They were unable to get him on campus for a visit, and he recently released his top 10 that did not include Syracuse.
Chris Owens is an elite guard prospect, but is from Texas and will likely stay close to home. Syracuse is on the outside looking in to say the least.
The Next Level
Chase Behrndt is high on the Orange and continues to say they are one of the schools standing out, along with Kansas. If Syracuse wants to make a push, they have to try to get him on campus over the summer.
Ulises De Los Santos was offered early and could play offensive or defensive line. Syracuse has stayed in contact and they do like him. They are recruiting him on the defensive side of the ball, however, despite his projection by Scout.
Other Names to Watch
Zaire Bethea is a teammate of Raees Johnson. He is similarly on the backup plan radar but will continue to be recruited by the Orange. Syracuse will visit him on the 29th.
Corey Brown visited for the spring game and he likes Syracuse. Likely a backup play, but still someone to watch. Don’t expect an offer anytime soon, however.
Ted Field is a former Rutgers pledge who has decommitted and is back on the open market. He has great size and holds multiple division on offers. From a regional pipeline in Pennsylvania, he could be one to watch.
Raees Johnson is a DePaul Catholic product who visited during the spring game. Syracuse will visit the school on April 29th, but he is a backup plan at this point. Still, he is on the radar and is someone to monitor.
Seyoum Settepani is one of the top prospects in Connecticut. He is athletic, moves well and has great size. Syracuse is familiar with Settepani and his school. Don’t be surprised if Syracuse gets involved down the road.
William Waddell has great size, but has to transform his body a bit by losing some baby fat. He has already received a lot of interest, but is still looking for that first offer. Syracuse could get involved down the road if they need to fill a slot. Consider him and Nwankwo as backup plans at this point.