Scout / Mike McAllister

An Early Look at 2018 New York State Recruiting takes an early look at New York State prospects in the 2018 class, and where Syracuse stands with each.

New York State has over a dozen talented prospects already on the radar of power five programs. Even more are sure to emerge as the cycle progresses, but here is a look at the players of note.

Jeremy Ruckert is one of the top players in the entire 2018 class. This stud tight end prospect has already taken a visit to Syracuse, and seemed to enjoy himself. However, he recently trimmed his list to eight and the Orange was not included.

Matt Jones is out of Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn, the same school that produced current Syracuse defensive back Wayne Morgan. Jones has most of the national powers after him, and Syracuse is not involved.

Yet another four-star prospect in the Empire State, linebacker Zihir Lacewell plays at Tottenville High. Current Orange wide receiver Alvin Cornelius is a Tottenville alum. Lacewell is on the Syracuse radar, but does not hold an offer. Don't be surprised if Syracuse looks to get him on campus sometime this fall.

Four-star offensive tackle Qadir White has a great frame, is very athletic and has tremendous upside. He already holds an offer from Syracuse, Boston College, Pitt and Rutgers among others. He visited Syracuse in February and is very interested in the Orange. Syracuse will likely try to get him back on campus this fall, potentially for a game.

McDonald is an undersized athlete who likely projects as a slot receiver or scat back at the next level. Mississippi State has expressed preliminary interest. He is not currently on the Syracuse radar.

Sean Ryan is also out of Erasmus Hall, and is an intriguing wide receiver prospect. He has to work on his speed, but has a nice frame and is a smooth athlete. Syracuse, Maryland and Rutgers, among others, have already offered. He could pick up more with a strong junior season.

Paul Woods holds an early offer from Boston College but more should be on the way. He made a name for himself at Ohio State camp last month, and is definitely someone to watch going forward. He is a relatively new prospect to power five schools.

Cory Gross is a defensive back prospect who is firmly on the Syracuse radar. He is hoping to visit this fall for a game or practice. Gross is a bigger cornerback at 6-foot-2, so he fits what the Orange like at that position. What sets Gross a part is his versatility. He could develop into a safety or linebacker at the next level.

Amad Anderson is a talented athlete who can play receiver or defensive back. Rutgers and Syracuse have offered, and the Orange remain interested. A fall visit may happen.

Another defensive back with a nice frame is Jarrett Paul. Paul was one of the standouts during Syracuse's satellite camps. He visited the Orange last month, and continues to receive interest from several power five programs. Paul is still looking for his first offer.

Dan Fedor is an intriguing offensive linemen with a great frame. He moves well and is athletic. Fedor was impressive during his performance at the on campus Syracuse camp in June. He remains on the Orange radar and they will monitor his development.

Braeden Zenelovic is an intriguing quarterback prospect who impressed during camp in June. He also camped at several other schools, and continues to receive interest from multiple programs. A strong junior season could lead to his recruitment taking off. Syracuse remains in touch and would be one of the favorites if they extend an offer.

Dylan McDuffie is an athletic athlete who can play running back, receiver or defensive back, but most likely projects as a running back. He was solid at Syracuse camp in June, and is receiving interest from Rutgers and Buffalo as well. He is the cousin of former Syracuse commit Isaiah McDuffie. 

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