Syracuse has over 20 offers out to wide receivers in the 2016 class as it is one of the most critical positions this cycle. Even with all of those offers extended, there is a clear pecking order in the group.
Slots Available: 1-3
Currently Committed: Sadiq Palmer
2015 signees: 0
Committed elsewhere: None
The Top Tier
Michael Irvin has instant name recognition because of his father. Many consider Miami to be a heavy favorite as he would be a legacy recruit there. However, he says he “loves” Syracuse and wants to visit. Several Orange coaches have been in contact over the past few weeks. A visit is key for Syracuse’s chances here.
Aaron Mathews is a long, lean wide receiver with strong ball skills. A four-star prospect, Mathews has four schools at the top of his list. Syracuse is one of them, but they are the only school he has not visited.
Taysir Mack is one of the top players in New York and someone Syracuse identified early. They have been attempting to get him on campus for a visit, but have been unsuccessful to this point. If he does not take the trip this summer, that should indicate where his interest lies.
The Next Level
Frank Darby visited Syracuse last month and put the Orange on top. He wants to visit other schools for comparison and may want to wait to make a decision until his senior season. Pittsburgh is a school to watch here.
Kelvin Harmon has had Rutgers on top for a while but has suggested he is open to Syracuse. He has not visited yet, however, and there appear to be several receivers above him on the board. Whether or not he ever makes it to the campus is a question mark at best.
Gene Coleman is another receiver from New Jersey that Syracuse likes. He has visited and is high on the Orange himself. Will Syracuse have room is the question. He is one to watch down the road though.
K.J. Gray has Syracuse high on his list as well, but it doesn’t appear the Orange would take him if he wanted to pull the trigger right now. There are too many other receivers above him on the board at the moment.
Terrell Vassell was offered during the spring evaluation period but it has been quiet on his front since then.
Brandon Drayton is a kid from Florida that Syracuse really likes. He has a shot to jump up to the top group depending on how things shake out.
Aaron Robinson was offered during the evaluation period. The key is getting him on campus, but Syracuse may not make a push for that depending on how things go with the other targets.
Kolton Huber was one that some thought had a shot to be an early commitment. But as the cycle progressed, he seemed to fall into the backup plan category.
Other Names to Watch
Noah Ellison is another New Jersey prospect. If things don’t go well with the above targets and Syracuse needs someone late, he could be one to watch.
Elijah Robinson is in a similar position as Ellison. A New Jersey prospect that Syracuse could make a move on late.
Thomas Gordon was the wide receiver MVP at The Opening Charlotte regional. He is originally from upstate New York and loves the Orange. He should camp over the summer, and if Syracuse offered, would likely commit on the spot.
Kenny Yeboah has the size and visited during the spring game. But Syracuse has not offered despite being at his school during the evaluation period. Still, he may be one to watch down the road.