Syracuse has had success in Pennsylvania over the last few cycles, but not as much as one might expect. The Keystone State produces division one talent year in and year out and is one of the closest states to Syracuse.
They landed three-star Amir Ealey in 2015 as their top grab in the state that cycle. Brouse gives the Orange an early pledge on which to build for the rest of 2016. They have some talented targets still on the board going forward.
That list is highlighted by four-star wide receiver Aaron Mathews. He recently listed the Orange among his top schools, but has yet to visit. Three-star outside linebacker Rashawn Battle is also high on Syracuse, but Rutgers appears to be the favorite there.
Three-star safety Benny Walls was offered recently and is from the Philadelphia area. While Syracuse likes him, they did just snag two safety commits and are high on Eric Burrell. Expect Syracuse to stay in touch with Walls, however.
Brouse’s commitment may not have an immediate ripple effect within the state, but it does continue Syracuse’s ability to recruit Pennsylvania over the last three cycles.
Offensive tackle is a critical position every cycle, but Syracuse has put an even bigger premium on it over the last two years because of the turnover they’ve had there. The Orange signed three players who can play offensive tackle in 2015, and wanted a couple more to provide depth in 2016.
Brouse gives them a second athletic tackle, despite being somewhat under the radar to most. Syracuse values the ability to move, get out on screens, pull and have strong footwork over pure size.
Along with Cam DeGeorge, Syracuse now has two players who fit that mold.
That doesn’t mean Syracuse is necessarily done at the position, but they do not have to force find another tackle. JohnCarlo Valentin, who earned an invite to The Opening Finals, was offered last month.
Will they take another tackle? It remains to be seen. But our sources indicate they could be done with the two they've brought in already. The focus now will turn towards interior linemen. A couple of names to watch include Sam Heckel, Chase Behrndt, Blake Hickey and Keldrick Cesar.
Heckel wants to visit within the next week or two, and tells CuseNation.com that he views Syracuse as very similar to Northwestern, who was his leader prior to their slots filling up. He also says that if an offer came and the visit went well, he may commit so as not to miss on opportunities with two great academic schools. So if an offer comes, put Heckel on high commitment watch.
Behrndt is very talented, but may be waiting on "bigger" offers. He is also not in a traditional recruiting area for Syracuse, and may fall down the list as a result since a visit is difficult. Expect Syracuse to stay in touch and potentially set up an official depending on how things go with other targets.
Syracuse absolutely loves Hickey, but he is from Texas and has regional schools after him. While the Orange will continue to pursue, he may be tough to get. Don't expect Syracuse to wait for him given those circumstances.
Cesar has Syracuse in his top two, but won't likely take an unofficial due to the expensive being from Florida. If Syracuse does not have an interior lineman committed by the time the fall starts, they could set up an official visit.
Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?
The immediate attention will go to Saturday’s visitors. Camden (N.J.) High outside linebacker Dymelle Parker will be on campus along with teammate Anthony Ford. Ford will camp for an offer while Parker has held one for some time.
Parker is a high priority target for the Orange, and a visit could put them in a good spot. There is a potential that three-star defensive end Jamal Holloway could join Parker and Ford on campus.
If Syracuse can manage to bring Holloway back, it would be a sign that his interest is as strong as he indicated after his previous visit.
Could either pull the trigger on the visit? Parker is the more likely candidate as Holloway has indicated he wants to be patient with his recruitment.
Look for Syracuse to continue to host players throughout the rest of summer as they try to make impressions on their top targets. Specifically look for tight ends to visit over the next month to six weeks.
Brouse is a sold get for Syracuse. Does he have as much hype or ranking as other tackles with an offer? No, but there is plenty to work with there. When you watch his film, he is athletic, aggressive and plays with strength. You would like to see more from him in pass protection, but that is partially a function of the offense his school runs.
Regardless, there is something to work with here and some upside for sure. He has to add weight to his frame and work on some technique, but has the potential to develop into a solid offensive tackle at the next level.