Satellite camps have been the most discussed and debate topic in the world of college football recruiting over the past several months. They came to the forefront when the NCAA banned them after some schools complained due to Jim Harbaugh setting up several in the fertile recruiting grounds of the South.
After a lot of backlash from banning the satellite camps, the NCAA lifted the ban.
Syracuse has taken full advantage, participating or hosting in several satellite camps of their own. They include camps in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Michigan and Ohio.
Those camps have been quite beneficial for the Orange. Not only have they helped get their name out there among high school coaches in key recruiting areas, but they got a close look at a lot of potential targets, offering several.
Class of 2017
McCarthy attended one of Syracuse's two camps in New Jersey. He impressed the Orange staff with his athleticism and speed. McCarthy has become a priority for the Orange, and has strong mutual interest.
Blackshear was the best wide receiver at a camp Syracuse held in Pennsylvania. The speedy slot receiver is someone the Orange were able to get a closer look at during camp, and liked what they saw. They are trying to increase their speed at the wide receiver position and are poised to take up to a handful this class, so keep an eye on Blackshear going forward.
Class of 2018
Joyner was offered at Syracuse's satellite camp in Florida. He called the offer an "unbelievable moment." He hopes to get to Syracuse sometime this summer for a visit.
Smith has not played organized football since seventh grade, but that did not stop the Orange from offering. He really impressed during a camp in Cleveland. He now is up to seven offers and should pick up many more as he makes the rounds this summer.
Ryan already has three power five offers. Rutgers, Maryland and now Syracuse. The Orange offered during their camp in Brooklyn, and the Erasmus Hall product is excited about picking one up from the big in-state school. More offers figure to be on the horizen for the talented wideout.
While Syracuse have only offered those three so far, more prospects are on the radar. That includes defensive back Jarrett Paul, who was one of the standouts at the Brooklyn camp. He is planning to visit in July.
Class of 2019
Four offers have gone out to 2019 prospects based on satellite camps in which Syracuse has participated. They include wide receiver John Dunmore, defensive backs Eddie Williams and Semar Melvin, and inside linebacker Dorian Jones.
Dunmore is already a 6-foot-3 wide receiver despite going into just his sophomore season. Expect plenty of offers to come his way down the road, but Syracuse has made a strong early impression with his first offer.
Williams has two early offers and they are both power five. Syracuse and Mississippi State have both gotten into the mix for Williams, who is a 5-foot-11 safety that is still growing.
A 6-foot-1 cornerback, Melvin fits the mold of what Syracuse looks for in its corners. A long, rangy athlete who plays very well in open areas. That fits the Tampa-2 to a tee, and could become a priority that cycle. Melvin also has offers from Kentucky and Mississippi State.
Dorian Jones is an inside linebacker prospect who already has nice size for the position. Combine that with athleticism and quickness, and you have an intriguing player to monitor for Syracuse.
In addition to those who picked up offers, defensive back Prince-Elijah Degroat out of Curtis High in Staten Island impressed during the camp in Brooklyn. Keep an eye on him as Syracuse will stay involved and continue to monitor his progress. Degroat is another cornerback and size who fits their system.
This coming weekend, Syracuse has a camp on both Saturday and Sunday on campus. Do not be surprised if there are more offers extended as a result.