Recruiting Ripple: Zach Morton

How does Zach Morton's commitment impact Syracuse's 2017 recruiting efforts going forward? We break it all down inside.

Syracuse picked up a big commitment in three-star Zach Morton. He will play defensive end for the Orange.

Regional Impact

Cass Tech is one of the top high school football programs in the Midwest. Anytime Syracuse can land a talented player from there, it is big. Morton signals the second consecutive cycle that the Orange have done that, with Tim Walton signing in February. Starting a pipeline to that program will only yield positive results going forward. 

In 2017, Syracuse is still in the mix for talented cornerback Donovan Johnson, though he will be tough to snag. Still, having Morton in the mix will not hurt. 

The bigger impact may be in 2018, where prospects see the pipeline developing over two consecutive cycles. Syracuse has already offered safety Deandre Square and speedy cornerback Kalon Gervin. The Orange figure to continue to recruit both hard as their recruitments progress. Gervin's recruitment has really taken off and he already boasts an impressive offer list. 

With this staff's connections to the Midwest, adding high profile prospects from big time programs shows other talented recruits in the area that Syracuse is a legitimate landing spot. 

Positional Impact

Syracuse's defensive system under head coach Dino Babers puts a premium on pass rushing from the defensive line. That is an area they really want to upgrade, especially the depth in order to keep guys fresh with constant rotations. 

The addition of Morton only helps that cause. A legitimate 6-foot-4, Morton is still growing into his frame. Syracuse thinks he will wind up north of 260-pounds while being able to keep his quickness and athleticism off the edge, making him a pass rushing force. 

With at least one graduate transfer likely to start next season, and several young bucks signed in 2016, Syracuse is doing a nice job on the outside of their defensive line. Snagging Morton early means Syracuse continues to add depth with a high ceiling. 

It means, going forward, Syracuse can be a little more selective for the rest of 2017. They still have room to add one or two more defensive ends, but do not have to add two unless they find the right ones. 

Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?

This is an important couple of months for Syracuse, one that could be fruitful. This is generally the time of year when commitments and decisions start to occur more frequently. That could be the case for SU as well.

The immediate attention will go to former UNC signee James Pierre, a 2016 three-star safety prospect. 

He visits Wednesday, where Syracuse will try to get him to put pen to paper in order to prevent Pierre from checking out other schools. 

Syracuse continues to make priorities of prospects like C.J. Holmes, Ethan Wiederkehr, Brian Edwards and others. They will recruit each very hard going forward. 

Expect visits to start being scheduled over the rest of this month and in June. 

Final Thoughts

Zach Morton is a big get for Syracuse. They love his upside and think they got a big time prospect. With the pipeline to Cass Tech continuing, this one is a really nice recruiting win on multiple levels for the Orange staff. 


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