Orange Look To Add To The Class

As the recruiting season heads into the home stretch, Syracuse hopes to snag a few more recruits for its 2004 recruiting class.<br><br>

As of early January, head coach Paul Pasqualoni and his staff had 21 verbal commitments, including three prepsters who committed in December. Running back Curtis Brinkley (5-foot-10, 193-pounds) from West Philadelphia Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA, defensive tackle Mike Sklarosky (6-foot-4, 286-pounds) from Lackawanna Junior College and offensive lineman Nick Santiago (6-foot-3, 296-pounds) from Thomas Proctor High School in Utica, NY are the recent verbal commitments for the Orange.

Brinkley, who is nicknamed "Boonah" set Philadelphia city records as the all-time career rusher (7,413) and set the single game record with 399 yards on 30 carries. Brinkley led West Catholic to a 7-6 mark as he carried the ball 327 times for 2,294 yards and 30 touchdowns and 186 points. He finished his career with 1,007 carries (a city record) for 7,413 yards. Brinkley had 76 rushing touchdowns and 85 total scores. He had 522 total points in his career. Brinkley picked the Orangemen over Minnesota, Iowa, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Maryland.

Sklarosky signed a binding national letter-of-intent and will enroll for classes at SU in January. He is originally from Wilkes Barre (PA) Coughlin. Sklarosky will have two seasons of eligibility left at Syracuse, though he could be redshirted if necessary. Sklarosky is able to transfer to Syracuse without completion of his associate's degree, since he had a qualifying test score out of high school. Sklarosky had several scholarship offers including Indiana, Kentucky and Maryland, according to Lackawanna coach Mark Duda.

Santiago committed to Syracuse on December 13 and picked the Orange over Rhode Island (only other offer) and Rutgers.

Santiago was named to the Class-AA All-State team as a junior. He committed during his official visit.

"I liked the coaches and my friend is LB Vincenzo Giruzzi. Vin was my host and we've been friends for a while," said Santiago. "It's only like 45 minutes away. They are a big time program and it's close. They really had everything I was looking for. So when they offered me I committed right away."

Some of the top remaining targets on SU's recruiting list are quarterback Xavier Lee (6-foot-3, 210-pounds) from Seabreeze Senior High School in Daytona Beach, FL; wide receiver Del Roberts (5-foot-8, 170-pounds) from Amos Godby High School in Tallahassee, FL; cornerback Sean Bailey (5-foot-10, 170-pounds) from Dunbar High School in Fort Worth, TX and wide receiver Marcel Pestano (6-foot, 180-pounds) from Lehigh Senior High School in Lehigh Acres, FL.

These recruits are scheduled to visit the 'Cuse during the month of January.

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