The evaluation period is in full force and the Syracuse coaches are on the road looking for new prospects to offer and showing interest in ones already on their radar. In addition, there have been some developments with top targets as well. Here is the latest from the world of Syracuse recruiting.
There are some basketball nuggets as well including an update on their top 2016 target.
- The Robert Washington Effect
Yes Washington is still working hard recruiting for Syracuse. According to our sources, he has been in touch with Anthony Brown quite frequently of late. And on the Brown front, a decision could come as soon as this Friday. Something to watch.
In addition, Syracuse has been in contact with four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Haskins and coach Acosta are communicating and trying to schedule a visit.
Class of 2017 linebacker, and Arizona State commit, Loren Mondy has also spoken with coach Acosta. Mondy is friends with Washington and wants to play with him at the college level. Keep an eye on him.
- Adam in New York
Syracuse assistant Joe Adam has been in New York over the past couple of weeks making his evaluation period stops. He has gone to Lawrence, Oceanside, St. Anthony’s, Poly Prep and Huntington among others. During his visits he stopped at ASA and Nassau junior colleges. He offered two 4-star offensive tackles in Malcolm Pridgeon and Charles Baldwin.
- Acosta in New Jersey
In addition to visiting Anthony Brown twice, assistant Bobby Acosta has also been to Bergen Catholic, Don Bosco and Timber Creek among others. Specific players he has watched include Kevin Harmon, Ahmir Mitchell, Will Fries, Hasis Dubois, Tyreek Williams, Noah Ellison and Frank Darby.
Don’t be surprised if Syracuse makes a push for Frank Darby. Syracuse really likes him. He, Dubois and Harmon are emerging as the top targets at wide receiver in the state for the Orange.
- Bullough in Western New York
Defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough has been in the Rochester area this week to see several targets that Syracuse is monitoring. They include tight end Zac Lefebvre, two-way lineman Vitaliy Gurman, running back Joshua Mack, athlete Demetrius Breedlove and linebacker Jamir Jones.
Syracuse views Breedlove as a defensive lineman, but are still evaluating whether they like him at end or tackle. Expect Breedlove, Lefebvre, Mack and Gurman to all camp with Syracuse over the summer so the Orange can get a better look at them.
- Quarterback Battle
No this is not the kind of quarterback battle that happens during training camp, but rather a race of sorts to see who will hop on board first. Anthony Brown has been Syracuse’s top target for a while, but they also like a couple other signal callers.
David Moore, currently committed to SMU, will be visited by offensive coordinator Tim Lester on May 13th. If Brown has not committed to Syracuse by then, an offer will likely be extended. His father played lacrosse at Syracuse, so there is a connection there.
Also, Lester will be watching Sawyer Smith throw on Friday of this week. Syracuse really likes his size, athleticism and that he can be a true dual threat quarterback. This is a first come, first serve situation with only quarterback slot available in this cycle. The race is on.
- TE Ray Marten
Marten is one of the top players in New York this cycle, and Syracuse has had him as a priority for a while. After visiting, he seemed to be viewing Syracuse in a more positive light and looked at them as a realistic landing spot.
However, he told us that Boston College and Miami are his top choices right now, with Syracuse somewhere in his top five. He is looking to decide within the next couple of months, so there is time to make up ground. The Orange are also looking to get him back on campus in June. Joe Adam visited him last week and Jake Moreland will do so this week.
- Four-star JUCO OTs
As was mentioned, Syracuse offered two four-star junior college offensive tackles recently in Malcolm Pridgeon of Nassau and Charles Baldwin of ASA. Both have stated that they are interested in Syracuse, but there is a different feeling around each.
Pridgeon is not shy about stating that Syracuse has been his dream school since 7th grade. He also has a connection to the program as he is close friends with former Orange offensive lineman Andrew Tiller. Baldwin, on the other hand, may be looking for a perceived bigger landing spot. Pridgeon seems to be the more realistic option here.
- Tyus Battle Official Visit Date
The top Syracuse target for the 2016 class, five-star Tyus Battle, has set his official visit date. He will be on campus during the weekend of May 22nd, staying until Sunday the 24th.
It will be his fourth official, having already seen Louisville and Duke and visiting Michigan starting Thursday. The NCAA allows him a fifth official visit, but a decision as to whether or not he will take that (and which school may receive that visit) has not been determined.
There is an outside chance he commits during the visit, but the most likely scenario is he heads home and discusses things privately with his family before making a decision.
- 2016 Plan Coming Into Focus
Syracuse basketball has offered several players in the 2016 class within the last six weeks. That seems to indicate that they feel they will be awarded at least one scholarship back by the NCAA. In this scenario, Syracuse could look to add a low-post player to join Matthew Moyer and potentially Tyus Battle. James Banks has been offered and may be the top choice there. But keep an eye on Sedee Keita. Syracuse would like to land one of those two if they get a scholarship back.
If Syracuse misses Battle, they could pursue one of the other guards they offered in Kobi Simmons or Alterique Gilbert. Another name to watch is Jamal Murray. Any would be a solid replacement for Battle, but it’s quite clear that Battle is the guy Syracuse really wants.