Syracuse Rebounds on the Recruiting Front

Despite only winning one game last season, Syracuse has been able to land some key components towards their 2007 recruiting efforts. When rebuilding a team it is imperative to not only land major players, but land the type of players that will add to the depth of the new coaching staff's schemes. In this feature we will take a look at Syracuse's recruiting efforts position by position...

Quarterback:
Commits- Cody Catalina, David Legree

Synopsis: Catalina was the first quarterback to join the fold and has the height and arm strength to be a success on the next level. His showing at a seven on seven competition in Syracuse, where he outshined North Carolina bound Mike Paulus, has gotten fans both young and old excited for the future. Legree completes the two headed quarterback monster and adds a certain element of athleticism that will compliment Catalina's talents beautifully. Legree attended Syracuse's camp and was a pleasant surprise throwing the ball. Throw in some healthy competition with last year's signee Andrew Robinson and there could potentially be the makings of some nice depth at the position for years to come.

Whats Next?
You would think that Syracuse is done recruiting the quarterback position for this class, but Legree's ability to play multiple roles on the team may leave the door open if a major target emerges throughout the season. It has been rumored that Chris Whitney is still not out of the picture. Whitney is another great athlete who could play multiple positions. Next year look for Syracuse to make a serious effort to land local star, Tim Rommel. At one time the depth at the position seemed to portray a bleak future, but the quarterback coffers now seem to be well stocked.

Running Back:
Commits- Jamere Knox, Doug Hogue

Synopsis: Knox wowed the coaches during their camp in late June. He is a solid all-around package that can play running back and return kicks. He was coveted by many programs. Film of Knox shows him to have a similar "style" to Reggie Bush. He attended camp at the same time as Pa. standout Robbie Frey. The staff chose to offer Knox over Frey, so that should tell you what type of player he projects to be.Hogue is the kind of premier in-state player that Syracuse has to start landing more often to be a Big East Championship contender on a year to year basis. Because of his size, his running style is reminiscent of Eddie George. There are many analysts that feel he would make an even better outside backer. Only time will tell if Syracuse got an outstanding defensive or offensive talent. Clearly Hogue has a lot of tools to work with on either side of the ball. Max Suter was primarily recruited as a safety, but the door remains open for the possibility of him playing on the offensive side of the ball.

Whats Next?
I would expect that they would definitely look to bring a true fullback into the fold. Kevin Hahn is a player that could earn an offer at the fullback position. With Hogue's defensive prowess and potential they should seriously be looking to bring in another player.

Wide Receiver:
Commits- Andrey Baskin

Synopsis: Baskin, who is spending the year at Milford Prep, has re-committed to the Orange. Baskin was a four-star recruit when he originally committed to the Orange last year. He will add one more excellent receiver to a group that is steadily becoming very solid.

Whats Next?
The staff would like to bring in a couple of receivers, Baskin not withstanding. As it stands now, there are a few players that the Orange currently may be in the lead for. Van Chew is an explosive player with good speed and he has reported that Syracuse has a firm lead for his services. The top uncommitted players that Syracuse remains most involved with are Brandon Clear and Maurice Williams, two players who have been difficult for many to get good read on. Also, don't be surprised to see Syracuse get a visit from Scout.com four-star prospect Toney Clemons. He was thought to be a Pittsburgh or Michigan lean, but the Orange are getting involved and it appears that Clemons wants to schedule an official visit. As it stands, there are a number of other top receivers like Kaunda Hancock, Cory McManus, and O.J. Woodward who have offers in hand. Syracuse will most definitely pick up a couple of nice recruits at this position. It is just a matter of which ones. Baskin and any two of the above would make for a great haul. It looks like the quarterbacks will have a talented group to work with in the near future.

Tight End:
Commits- Nick Provo

Synopsis: Provo polished runner and receiver who is a solid target that plays hard to the whistle on every play. On the high school level he is too fast for the linebackers and too strong for the defensive backs, and hopefully his game transfers well to the next level.

Whats Next?
There are offers still pending to a number of top prospects like Danny Parker, Zach Furlong, and Matt Boyer, but the clear cut top target is undoubtedly Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski has been the subject of much speculation, and has been rumored to have Maryland, Clemson, and Ohio State all leading at one point or another. Could all of the recent turmoil keep him closer to home? He had a great time at Syracuse's camp this summer and there are some that feel they still have a good shot. He is the type of talent that would start from day one for Syracuse.

Offensive Line:
Commits- None

Whats Next?
With all of the signees from a year ago the staff has been quiet with offensive line offers, and they may at best only take one or two offensive linemen this year. As it stands, the only reported offers are to legacy recruit Mark Spinney, whose father played and N.J. standout Sean Berry, two prospects that could have a legit shot to sign with the Orange on signing day. The one player to watch in-state is Josh Cary. Cary has received plenty of attention from the Syracuse staff and could only need to prove that he is 100 percent healthy coming off of a knee injury.


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