Recruiting Weekend Primer

It is the last official visit weekend before National Signing Day, and Syracuse is set to host a plethora of talented prospects. The visit list and the latest with each inside.

Brandon Berry is a junior college defensive end who committed to Syracuse earlier this week during an in-home visit. This will be his first trip the Central New York. He will meet his future teammates and get to know his future coaches on a more personal level. While his commitment status is not in doubt, especially with the recent nature of his decision, the trip is still important.

A three-star offensive lineman from Maryland, Dakota Davis is projected to play along the interior for the Orange. He picked Syracuse early and largely shut down his recruitment afterwards. Davis is quite solid in his decision and will spend the weekend having fun with his fellow commits.

Maybe the member of Syracuse's 2017 class with the most hype, quarterback Tommy DeVito returns to the Orange campus. This is the one and only official visit he has taken. As the leader of the class, DeVito has ben firmly solid since he committed. In fact, he turned down overtures from Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Washington State in order to stick with Syracuse.

One of two tight ends in Syracuse's class, Aaron Hackett could see himself on the field sooner rather than later with no returning scholarship players at the position. Hackett's position coach in high school is former Syracuse tight end Beckett Wales, so he has a connection to the program.

The lone defensive tackle commit in the class, Curtis Harper received some interest from other power five schools after committing. Despite that, he did not visit any of them, and remains a critical part of the Orange's class.

What Nykeim Johnson lacks in size he makes up for in speed. A true speedster who is a force in the open field, Johnson could impact the return game immediately. Expect him to also compete for the backup slot receiver position with Brisly Estime gone.

Several other schools have continued to recruit Sharod Johnson, but that did not matter for the electric playmaker. His only official visit will be to Syracuse this weekend. Johnson's upside is through the roof, and he seems to be a perfect fit for the slot in Dino Babers' offense.

One of the more intriguing prospects in Syracuse's class is Cam Jordan. At 6-foot-4, he has a fantastic frame for the position. Combine that with elite straight line speed, and Jordan has tremendous potential if he can polish other areas of his game. Jordan committed back in June, and has been solid ever since. This is his only official visit.

Melifonwu committed in early July and had not waivered. But recent interest from Michigan caused him to explore that opportunity with an official visit earlier this week. The trip did not result in an offer, however. Syracuse has continued to recruit Melifonwu hard even after he committed, and developed a strong relationship between him and the staff. This weekend is a chance for the Orange to wrap things up just in case the Wolverines come in with an offer at the last minute.

Russell Thompson-Bishop is another wide receiver who can really run. A theme among the group of four wideouts in this class. From Connecticut, Thompson-Bishop has not wavered since committing in mid-July. He has been on campus previously for unofficial visits and camps. 

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