Syracuse football has extended 273 scholarship opportunities to prospects in the 2017 class. Here is a look at how they are divided by position and by state to get a feel for priorities of the Dino Babers staff.
Note: The following are based on Scout's position projections, not necessarily where the Syracuse coaches will use a player. For example Zach Morton is committed and listed as an outside linebacker, but is recruited to play defensive end at Syracuse. He is included with the OLBs in the chart below.
Offers by Position
|Position||Offers||Committed to SU||Committed Elsewhere|
There are two positions that stand out in terms of offers. Wide receiver and defensive end. Both have significantly more offers extended than others. That falls in line with what makes the most sense. In 2016, the staff targeted defensive linemen to try and upgrade the talent and depth there. That continues in 2017.
At wide receiver, Syracuse has a lot of upperclassmen. Combine that with the staff's intentions to upgrade the speed at the position, and you have a significant need to add talent there.
Offers by State
|State||Offers||Committed to SU||Committed Elsewhere|
From the state perspective, Florida has more than five times as many offers as any other state. The Sunshine State houses over one third of all Syracuse offers. Given how much talent there is year in and year out there, it makes sense. The Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Northeast are also key targeted areas.
All make sense, but the chart also shows Syracuse's willingness to go anywhere for talent. Syracuse has offers out to more than half the states across the country, not including Canada and the junior college ranks.