Inside Slant: Recruiting News & Notes

The latest insider news and notes on Syracuse basketball and football recruiting.

Syracuse football has had an eventful few days with two commitments and another strange situation. A priority target is set to announce this coming weekend, and other insider notes in our latest edition of the Inside Slant.

The basketball section also has some inside info on top targets and potential upcoming visits.


  • Commitment No. 1

Syracuse added a Peach State cornerback in Monquavion Brinson, who pulled the trigger Monday night. He also had offers from Kentucky, Indiana and Louisville among others.

Brinson is the first cornerback in the 2016 class, but Syracuse may be after another. There seems to be one more slot for the position if they find the right player. More on that later.

  • Commitment No. 2

Tuesday brought more good news on the recruiting front with the addition of defensive end Jamal Holloway to the 2016 class. He was targeted by the Orange early and they want after him hard.

Assistant Bobby Acosta is really establishing Syracuse’s New Jersey footprint. He has snagged seven players from the Garden State over the last two cycles, more than the previous four classes (2011-2014) combined.

  • The Commitment That Wasn’t

Three-star safety Devon Clarke tweeted that he committed to Syracuse Wednesday afternoon, seemingly giving them three commitments in as many days. However, that proved to be fools gold.

None of the Syracuse coaches tweeted about the commitment, and our sources indicated Clarke had not spoken to any of them either. Syracuse could not accept his commitment as a result, and the class remained at 13 strong.

  • Two Decisions on the Horizon

Three-star athlete Moe Neal, who Syracuse likes at express back, is set to decide on Saturday between the Orange and Wake Forest. Both feel confident about where they stand, and each received a visit in the past few weeks.

Three-star cornerback Cycoby Burch will decide on August 28th at a pep rally at his high school. He has Syracuse as a finalist along with West Virginia, Indiana and South Florida. West Virginia seems to be the favorite, but there is still time. Expect Syracuse to make a push. Syracuse would take him if he wants to jump aboard. He says he will take an official visit to Syracuse regardless of his decision.

  • Done at Offensive Line?

Syracuse already has three offensive linemen committed in 2016, bt are they done? Maybe not for the right player. Three-star guard Blake Hickey is off the board after committing to Kansas State on Wednesday, but Syracuse may be looking at a bigger fish.

Three-star offensive guard Chris Barnes, a Georgia commit, is going to take an official visit to Syracuse according to our very own JarHeadJim. Such a visit would be huge for the Orange.

We were able to confirm that Barnes and Syracuse have been in touch and discussed an official visit. There likely isn’t an offensive line slot available for anyone except for him. He is too talented to pass up. Barnes told us he would “love to take an official visit up there.”

Rose has emerged as the top target at tight end, where Syracuse will take one at the position this cycle. He visited this summer and loved the trip.

Rose says he has been in contact with Syracuse ever since, and the two sides are trying to work on a return visit. He hopes he will be able to do so but isn’t sure yet. The three-star prospect plans to decide by the end of the summer.

  • Looking for a DT

If Syracuse is to add a defensive tackle this class, it will either be done by a flip or a late emerging target. Right now, Bo Peek and Christian Colon are both committed elsewhere, but the Orange have not given up.

Peek is friends with Syracuse quarterback commit Rex Culpepper, and Syracuse remains in contact. Peek is staying in touch in case he does not qualify to get into Stanford.

Colon is friends with Robert Washington and Moe Neal. Should Neal commit on Saturday, it would make two close friends committed to Syracuse. The key is getting him on campus for a visit. If they can do that, they have a shot. Colon is currently committed to Penn State.


  • The Commitment That Wasn’t

Four-star class of 2017 wing Jordan Tucker tweeted that he had committed to Syracuse. Only that tweet was deleted moments later, and he said a friend accessed his account and tweeted it, and that it was not a real commitment. He remains undeclared.

That said, Syracuse is interested and the two sides remain in touch. He is a potential visitor for Orange Madness this fall. Tucker said of his interest, "They will always be on my top list. I'm a New York kid!"

If Syracuse could guarantee a commitment from any class of 2017 prospect, Trevon Duval would be their choice. They love the elite guard who continued to shine during the July evaluation period, named a standout by our Evan Daniels.

Gerry McNamara and/or Jim Boeheim continue to track him whenever he plays and are among those recruiting him the hardest.

  • August Visits

You could see some priority basketball targets take visits in August. Two that come to mind immediately are five-star center Nick Richards and guard Kevin Huerter.

Our Ben Sigel reported that Syracuse is making Richards a big priority in 2017. Heurter is being recruited by Syracuse for that same class, but has not decided if he will reclassify as he is currently a 2016 prospect.

Another name to watch here is Hamidou Diallo. The five-star shooting guard from Connecticut is as talented as it gets at the position and can really score. Syracuse hasn’t offered yet, but one would not be surprising. He could visit in August or for Orange Madness.

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