"It marks an end and a beginning. The end of 2004 and the beginning of 2005," said Pasqualoni when he announced his newest Orangemen Wednesday. "We feel good about each one of these kids. We're happy to get the day done and move on to the next stage of the program."
All-in-all, Syracuse fans have twenty-nine signees to look out for next season, not including the three who have already enrolled at Syracuse.
"We have signed a large class," Pasqualoni said. "We had a large senior class. We felt we had specific areas of need and went after that."
One of the Orangemen's needs was the offensive lineman position, where they signed five.
"It was rather a large priority for us. We're very pleased with being able to sign five kids," said Pasqualoni. "I don't know the last time we signed five of them that are as big and as athletic. This is a good group."
David Bouchard, Corey Chavers, Ryan Durand, Ryan Ehrie and Stephen Simms join Kurt Falke, one of the three that has already enrolled, to fill the void left by graduating seniors.
Pasqualoni was also happy with the group of wide receivers who signed, but admitted that he would've liked to get one more tall receiver.
"I think they're high energy, very tough and very athletic guys. They are a high energy, high-strung group of kids," said Pasqualoni. "They are going to compete big time and are going to be a great addition."
The receiver Syracuse was hoping to get was Sidney Rice from Gaffney, SC. Rice waited to almost the last minute to make his decision. Rice will play for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Daniel Bailey, J.J. Bedle, Quinton Brown, Rice Moss and Diego Oquendo fill that group.
Another concern for Pasqualoni was the linebacker position, where he also added five.
"I was very concerned about linebackers. Graduating Richie (Scanlon), we don't have a lot of depth at the linebacker position."
The linebacker group consists of Jamar Atkinson, Jake Flaherty, Rob Jackson, Jonathan Pierre-Etienne and Donte Woodyard.
Pasqualoni also said that the team has a great prospect in Ben Maljovec from Warren, Pa., who in Pasqualoni's words is a "huge safety." Though Maljovec is listed as a safety now, Pasqualoni thinks he'll get bigger and bigger and will end up being a linebacker.
Maljovec is listed as 6 feet 3 inches and 200 pounds.
The last recruit to sign with Syracuse, Joe Neumann of Blinn College, a long-snapper, was not listed as one of Syracuse's newest members.
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