New Jersey has become one of Syracuse’s top recruiting pipelines since Bobby Acosta joined the staff. Parker is their second commit this cycle, after landing three in 2015. The Orange continue to make getting back into the Garden State a big priority, and Parker’s commitment is the latest example.
How can Parker help Syracuse for the rest of the cycle? The immediate thought is with his Camden High teammates. Three-star defensive end Ron Johnson is off the board as he committed to Michigan. But defensive end Jamal Holloway is still available, however.
Expect Parker to go hard after Holloway, trying to help bring him to Syracuse with him.
He and Parker are good friends and have discussed the possibility of playing together at the next level. His commitment to Syracuse should push the Orange ever further up his list. Syracuse has strong mutual interest, coveting Holloway’s skills as an edge rusher.
Other New Jersey prospects on the board are three-star athlete Amir Tyler and three-star receiver Donald Stewart. Stewart will be tough for Syracuse to land, though he does have high interest in the Orange. Stanford and Michigan are the clear favorites there.
Tyler is very high on Syracuse and the Orange may be his top choice right now. He is viewed by Syracuse as an h-back. His decision timeframe is a bit murky. With Syracuse already having Darius Stubbs committed at the position, the Orange will likely hold off on Tyler until Moe Neal and Tre Bryant make a decision.
Syracuse now believes they have three linebackers committed in 2016 with Parker joining Taylor Riggins and Will Harper. The addition of Parker gives Syracuse three linebackers who can move, who have athleticism and length. They are also versatile prospects. Riggins can play inside or out, Harper could also play safety, and Parker could also move to the middle with some added weight.
Head coach Scott Shafer loves linebackers and feels depth there is critical for the success of the defense and special teams. With the additions of Shyheim Cullen and Troy Henderson join the three in 2016 to provide a lot of youthful talent to the position for the future.
Syracuse is not done at linebacker in 2016, despite the addition of three talented prospects. They would still accept a commitment Colby Reeder, who could be deciding at any time.
Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?
With the dead period underway until July 12th, the immediate attention will go towards securing a commitment from Reeder and setting up visits for the rest of July. Priority athlete Moe Neal, who Syracuse likes as an h-back, is visiting either July 16th.
While a commitment during the visit should not be expected, it is not completely out of the question either. The main objective for Syracuse is to continue their interest and making an impression on Neal, who is good friends with four-star running back commit Robert Washington.
If Syracuse can become the leader or further their lead during the visit, it will be a successful trip from an Orange perspective.
Dymelle Parker was targeted by Syracuse early as a priority in New Jersey. The visit blew him away and they were able to land one of their top linebacker targets. Coach Acosta continues to do well in the Garden State, and Parker is a solid pickup for the Orange.