Recruiting Ripple: Jamal Holloway

The inside scoop on the ripple effect of Jamal Holloway committing to Syracuse.

Syracuse picked up their 13th commitment in the 2016 class on Tuesday in Camden (N.J.) High defensive end Jamal Holloway.

Regional Impact

New Jersey has become a hotbed for Syracuse football recruiting ever since assistant Bobby Acosta stepped foot on campus. He helped the Orange snag three talented players in 2015 and is up to that many already in 2016, with Holloway being the latest.

Camden High is a solid high school program as far as producing division one talent. Coach Acosta is developing a strong relationship with their head coach, Dwayne Savage. That combined with two commitments from the school this cycle, Holloway and linebacker Dymelle Parker, will help Syracuse with future recruiting.

The only immediate tangible impact may be with four-star center Cesar Ruiz. Realistically, he is a tough get for Syracuse as he has offers from many of college football’s elite. But having two of his teammates committed won’t hurt the Orange.

Ruiz has already visited Syracuse once, and the Orange will continue to recruit him as long as he reciprocates their interest.

Where Holloway and other Garden State players can also help is with a player like Donald Stewart, who has yet to make his decision. They can talk to Stewart about continuing the New Jersey movement to Syracuse in hopes of luring the talented wide receiver.

Positional Impact

There has been a lot of turnover along the defensive line since the 2014 season ended. While some of it was unexpected, the Orange have had an influx of talented young linemen over the last two cycles.

That did not make defensive end a huge need in 2016, and they were therefore selective in who they targeted and from who they were willing to accept a commitment. Holloway became their top target by early spring, and they recruited him as hard as anyone.

Landing him gives them another athletic, long, lean body to work with. Someone they can mold by adding weight in the strength and conditioning program in order to develop into a big time pass rushing threat at the next level.

He joins young defensive ends Amir Ealey, Jake Pickard, Kenny Carter and Qaadir Sheppard. That is a solid group to build the defensive line around over the next few seasons.

Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?

Saturday becomes the next big date for Syracuse, as three-star athlete Moe Neal, who they like at h-back, will announce his decision. Expect Syracuse to do what they can between now and then to make sure they’ve exhausted all resources in order to land the prized target.

Beyond that, the focus will become setting up official visits in order to round out the final few slots left in the 2016 class.

Final Thoughts

Holloway is a nice get for Syracuse. They get their top target at a position and further their efforts into a key pipeline state.


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