The 2017 recruiting cycle is coming down the homestretch, and the Syracuse Orange have two huge weekend before National Signing Day with several official visitors. This coming weekend, the Orange are set to host eight prospects. Here is a list with the visitors and the latest on each.
Chris Elmore is an intriguing prospect. Syracuse likes him as a two-way player who can play defensive tackle or fullback. He was previously committed to Western Michigan, but reopened his recruitment when PJ Fleck bolted for Minnesota. Former Orange offensive coordinator Tim Lester is now the leader of the Broncos, who hosted Elmore last weekend. Syracuse now gets their shot.
Shaquille Grosvenor is a junior college defensive tackle. He does not have a Syracuse offer, but the fact that they're bringing him up on an official means there is interest. Grosvenor says he has also received interest from UNLV, but currently holds no offers.
Eric Coley's father is the Syracuse defensive line coach. Coley pledged back in June and has been fully committed ever since. He has been to every home game this season. The three-star athlete could play wide receiver or defensive back for the Orange.
Zach Morton has heard overtures from other schools, but remains committed to Syracuse. He officially visits this weekend where the Orange will do what they can to seal the deal. Recruiting your commits is just as important as recruiting those who are not yet committed.
Markenzy Pierre committed back in October despite never visiting the campus. The former Western Kentucky pledge visited Purdue last weekend, where former WKU head coach Jeff Brohm is now the leader of the program. Despite that trip, Pierre remains solid to Syracuse. This will be his first time seeing the campus in person.
One of the commits the staff is the most excited about, Tyrell Richards is a talented linebacker who could see the field early in his career. Richards has visited during the season, but this will be his chance to spend time with his future teammates in a more extended fashion.
Syracuse was able to land Allen Stritzinger because they want him as a running back. Other schools, including in-state Michigan, wanted him as a corner. Stritzinger has developed a strong relationship with Orange running backs coach Mike Hart.
Kadeem Trotter's upside is through the roof. He is a tough, talented player who works extremely hard at his craft. With his frame, Trotter could add weight to become a linebacker or keep it off and play safety. He has spent time at cornerback in high school, making him an intriguing prospect as a linebacker. Athletic with strong cover skills, Trotter could end up being a gem in this class.