Syracuse commit Tommy DeVito (Under Armour)

Syracuse 2017 Class Awards

Breaking down Syracuse football's 2017 recruiting class.

The letters are in and Syracuse football's 2017 class has signed. While there could still be some post-signing day movement, here is a look at the class as it stands on recruiting's biggest day. 

Most Important Signee: Tommy DeVito takes this one. A quarterback is critical to the success of the program, and Syracuse believes they got their future at the position with DeVito. He racked up a lot of accolades over the summer with strong camp performances and has a lot of skills that you like. Especially with how he fits into the Dino Babers offense. Landing a top-tier quarterback prospect, and doing so early, was very important for this cycle. 

Biggest Recruiting Win: Ravian Pierce. This is not necessarily about on field impact, position or any of those factors. This is simply about the schools Syracuse beat to land their only four-star in the class. The Orange beat Florida, Mississippi State, LSU, Oregon and Oklahoma State for Pierce. That is a fantastic job by Nick Monroe, Dino Babers, Reno Ferri and the rest of the Orange coaches. 

Nail Biter: Ifeatu Melifonwu took an official to Michigan and the Wolverines wanted him. Despite that, he decided to tell Jim Harbaugh no, and stuck with his summer pledge to sign with the Orange. Melifonwu comes from strong bloodlines, has a lot of upside and is extremely athletic. There is a lot to like about his future at Syracuse. Another nice win for the staff. 

Most Upside: Jonathan Kingsley. Kingsley is a supreme talent. Assuming he qualifies, Syracuse found themselves a major steal here if he developed. With a fantastic frame, quickness, wingspan and big time athleticism, Kingsley has everything you want to become a force as a edge rusher. 

Speed Demon: Syracuse brought in a lot of guys who can flat out run. Improving the overall team speed has clearly been a priority. But none in this class may be faster than slot receiver Nykeim Johnson. Don't be surprised if he impacts the return game as well as the offense. 

Sleeper: Linebacker Tyrell Richards does not get as much publicity or hype as others in the class. But the Canadian prospect may be as talented as any of them. Keep an eye on Richards, who could be one of the guys to take over for a veteran group of linebackers once they exhaust their eligibility. 


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