Florida has been a fertile recruiting ground for Syracuse, and the new staff is continuining that critical pipeline. Having already added two players from the Sunshine State entering the weekend (Kenneth Ruff, Devon Clarke), the Orange snagged another one during a critical official visit weekend.
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) High defensive end Jaquwan Nelson pulled the trigger during his trip to Central New York, and gives Syracuse another high upside defensive line prospect who can contribute right away if needed. Nelson is listed at 6-foot-4, 230-pounds. He has size, length and athleticism.
Sealing the deal was critical for Syracuse as Kentucky has been heavily involved with Nelson for some time and Georgia recently offered. The Bulldogs were trying to get Nelson on campus for a visit before National Signing Day. The Orange were able to successfully keep him away from the SEC suitors.
Syracuse has a significant need for depth at defensive end, specifically depth that can play in year one if needed. Ron Thompson bolted for the NFL a year early, and the status of Qaadir Sheppard and Amir Ealey is not yet known regarding their availability early in the season.
For all of those reasons, Nelson is a huge recruiting win for Syracuse. His primary recruiter was Nick Monroe, who prioritized him right away.
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