Syracuse football has done a nice job filling their 2016 class to this point. There are still slot remaining, and the Orange is narrowing their focus on priority targets to fill them up before signing day. We fire up the commitment calculator to get the latest on where things stand.
The scale is 1-star to 5-stars, with 5-stars making Syracuse a strong favorite to land the prospect, 1-star meaning Syracuse is very unlikely to receive a commitment from that particular player.
David Moore – 4-stars: Moore is still committed to SMU, but the Orange is working towards scheduling an official visit. He has already indicated that he will take one. With Kenterius Womack working with the receivers, that could open up a spot for another quarterback in the 2016 class to join 3-star Rex Culpepper. If Moore flips, Syracuse would seemingly be the favorite.
Donald Stewart – 2-stars: Stewart says Syracuse will get one of his five official visits, along with Stanford, Michigan, Boston College and Wake Forest. The talented Garden State wideout says he has no favorites, and the officials could tell the tale of his recruitment. Still, you get the feeling that he will end up elsewhere. Though, if he wants to choose the Orange, he may be too talented for them to pass up.
Jay Rose – 4-stars: This recruitment is a tough one to get a feel for. Syracuse definitely wants a tight end this cycle, and Rose is their clear top option. His final four include Syracuse, Wisconsin, Wake Forest and Connecticut. The Badgers would be the favorite if they are willing to take him. Otherwise, Syracuse seems to be the likely landing spot. The dark horse in this is in-state UConn. If they want him strictly at quarterback and that is where he wants to play, Rose could end up with the Huskies. This one should be resolved soon.
Mark Michaud – 1-star: This could change if Rose ends up elsewhere. In that case, Michaud and fellow tight end target Sam Letton would become bigger priorities. Michaud is very athletic and has a lot of upside, but is a more raw prospect. Syracuse is his only option at this point, and whether or not the offer is committable will depend on how things work out with Rose.
Jarvis Hayes – 2-stars: Syracuse is recruiting Hayes and like him as a prospect. They have not offered yet, but could depending on his production during the early part of his senior season as well as test scores. He is a name to watch down the stretch of the cycle.
Amir Watts – 3-stars: Watts has decommitted from Western Michigan and Syracuse is a school he has on his list. Is the interest reciprocated? That is still being determined. But if the Orange want Watts and decide to make a push, they would immediately become one of the favorites.
Cycoby Burch – 2-stars: Burch is set to decide on the 28th, but West Virginia seems to be the favorite. Regardless, he says Syracuse will get an official. Still, the Orange are on the outside looking in here.
Eric Burrell – 3-stars: Burrell loved his visit to Syracuse this summer and says he will “definitely” take an official visit. That could tell the tale on where the Orange stand, but they think they are in a good spot right now.
Martin Mangram – 3-stars: Mangram has family ties to the program and says Syracuse remais in constant communication. With the likelihood that Burch ends up picking another school, Mangram could be next in line. But expect Syracuse to take their time here. A late official visit could seal the deal.
Bo Peek – 2-stars: Peek is committed to Stanford but is still talking to Syracuse. He now plays at Plant High, home of Syracuse commits Rex Culpepper and Scoop Bradshaw. If he were to have an issue getting into Stanford, which has very high academic standards, Syracuse would be the favorite to land the talented defensive tackle. For now, they are on the outside looking in.
Christian Colon – 3-stars: Colon committed to Penn State over the summer after being told he needed to reserve his spot then as they were only taking one more defensive tackle. Since then, a couple more have joined the class. That is not to say that Colon will look around, but he has friends Robert Washington and Moe Neal already committed to the Orange. A visit would not surprise (but is not a certainty), though it would likely be kept quiet so as not to stir the pot with PSU. Keep an eye on things here.