Syracuse already has one defensive end committed in the 2016 class in Jamal Holloway, but they are looking to add more talent this cycle. The Orange has options, including three that have emerged at the top of the list. All three have official visits set up already.
Amir Watts is a former Western Michigan pledge who is looking to see where his official visits take him before making a decision. He said a commitment to the Orange during the trip, even if things go exceptionally well, is not likely. He is high on Syracuse and is excited about the official, but wants to make sure he makes the right decision. Other schools involved include Minnesota, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, UCF and Kansas. His official visit will take place the weekend of December 11th.
"When I visit Syracuse, I want to see how the teammates feel about each other and build chemistry," Watts said previously. "I think that will probably be a step I have to look at. How the chemistry is with the team and with each other."
Tennessee has been recruiting Watts, but has not offered. If they do, that could be a game changer. As of now, it does not appear that they will, but it is something to monitor.
Prediction: Syracuse, unless Tennessee offers.
Collin Miller recently decommitted from Purdue, and has Syracuse on his short list of school. He has an official visit planned for the weekend of December 4th, the same weekend as Moe Neal, Rex Culpepper and Scoop Bradshaw. Other schools involved include Indiana, California, Louisville, Mississippi State, Rutgers and Kansas. His lead recruiter from Syracuse is defensive line coach Tim Daoust. The Orange love his game and think he would be a great fit.
Jacoby Hill is committed to Tulane, but that has not stopped him from considering other schools. Syracuse offered on Tuesday and he set up his official visit right away. He will take the trip in January, during the weekend of the 15th. Hill plays with energy and effort, and his motor is something that Syracuse really likes.
"I'm looking to see if it's a place I would feel like home," Hill said. "(To see) a great vibe from the d-line coach (Daoust) and a vibe from the players on the team."
How many will the Orange take? At least one for sure, but could take two depending on how things shake out. It is definitely a position Syracuse feels they need to add depth, and believe they have options on the board that will do just that.
If they fail to land any of those three, the junior college route is a strong possibility.