SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse Orange have done a nice job adding talent to their 2017 class, but there is still work to be done. There are several targets they continue to recruit very hard. Which players would SU like to add to round out this cycle? Here is a full breakdown.
Ben Moos is committed to Utah, but is still taking his official visit to Syracuse at the end of January. It may be tough to flip the Ute pledge, but the Orange can offer immediate playing time. Especially in the wake of Kendall Moore's transfer. Yes Ravian Pierce is the projected starter. He is a rare talent. But, Syracuse wants to play more than one at the position. With Aaron Hackett as the only other tight end committed, a prospect like Moos could see room to make an impact right away.
One of the top tight ends in the 2017 class, Jacob Paulson has Big-10 and ACC schools after him. Minnesota may be the top team in his recruitment. Even if Syracuse adds Moos, there is still room for Paulson. For many of the same reasons as mentioned above, actually. There is a lot of available playing time at tight end and a lack of players currently on the roster at the position.
An underrecruited offensive tackle prospect who is seeing his recruitment pick up, Alex Palczewski has official visits scheduled to Illinois, Vanderbilt and Syracuse. The Illini will get the last word and may be the favorites. But the Orange will have their shot and this staff has built a reputation as strong recruiters, especially when they get a prospect to visit.
Syracuse is the favorite for Brandon Berry, a three-star junior college defensive end prospect. Adding him would mean adding someone who would compete for a starting spot right away. Berry is an athletic, skilled edge rusher who was sixth in the junior college ranks with 12.5 sacks in 11 games last season. He takes his official visit to Syracuse the weekend of January 27th.
Brian Edwards is a versatile defensive back who can cover in the slot or play safety. He has excellent length at 6-foot-3, is one of the top defensive back prospects in Florida in 2017 and runs very well. His addition would improve the speed, length, talent and depth of the Orange secondary. But Edwards has four official visits scheduled, none to Syracuse. With Oregon recently getting into the mix, it will be tough for Syracuse to land him. Plus, with the addition of Devin Butler as a grad transfer, there may not be any slots available in the defensive backfield.
With the struggled of Cole Murphy this past season, a freshman kicker may help bring some stability to the position. Joseph Bulovas was offered by Syracuse back in October, thought he was and is committed to Georgia Tech. Bulovas has a big leg and is very accurate. Mississippi State is also pursuing.