Recruiting Roundup: Syracuse picks up pair of commits in Carl Jones, Liam O’Sullivan

A tip of the hat goes to former Syracuse star Jerami Grant for this ridiculous rim protecting block against the Bulls. On to today’s recruiting links…

Offensive lineman Cam DeGeorge is the latest Syracuse recruit to decommit. The 2016 prospect announced his decision on Twitter, and hours later, announced that he had accepted a scholarship at UConn. DeGeorge was a three-star recruit according to 247 Sports, and was originally SU’s first commit in the 2016 class.

The DeGeorge news came on the heels of offensive tackle Noel Brouse also announcing his decommitment on Twitter. Citing the firing of Scott Shafer as a motivating factor, Brouse wanted to “explore more options.” The two-star lineman holds offers from Old Dominion, Colgate and Cornell, among others.

The loss of those two linemen was lessened by Syracuse picking up Park Ridge (IL) Maine South OG Liam O’Sullivan, reports Scout.com’s Mike McAllister. The 2016 prospect was originally committed to Cincinnati, but the Orange coaching staff was able to flip him.

Later on Monday, Syracuse received more good news, with 2016 Ohio athlete Carl Jones tweeting his commitment to the Orange. Jones is the high school teammate of current SU linebacker Troy Henderson, and chose Syracuse over offers from Army and Air Force.

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2016 athlete Marquis Smith picked up an offer from the Orange, he announced on Twitter. Syracuse will be competing with Iowa State, Indiana and Toledo, among others, for his services. He is considered a 3-star recruit, and hails from Ypsilanti (Mich.).

One time Syracuse QB recruit Sawyer Smith committed to Central Florida over the summer, but will now sign with Troy. “As of January 6th, I will be a full-on student-athlete at Troy,” said Smith to PNJ.com. Mississippi State, Syracuse, Appalachian State, South Florida and Southern Miss had also offered Smith.

Another one-time Syracuse recruit, Cycoby Burch, announced his commitment to UMass on Twitter. The three-star safety from Florida picked the Minutemen over offers from USF, West Virginia, Temple and Syracuse. He had originally committed to Wisconsin.

2017 center Mohamed Bamba impressed Scout.com’s Evan Daniels and Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi at the Bullis Holiday Classic. Both writers think he could eventually be named the No. 1 prospect in the 2017 class. It is a rapid rise for Bamba, who was barely on anyone’s radar at this time last year. Among the high-majors that are actively recruiting him include Kentucky, Georgetown, Connecticut, Indiana and Syracuse.

SNY.tv’s very own, Adam Zagoria, writes that elite 2017 guard Hamidou Diallo has been in touch with Kentucky, and has a long list of suitors. “Schools such as Maryland, N.C. State, Kansas, Indiana and Syracuse are the schools who reached out recently to get me up to a game,” Diallo tells Zagoria.

That’s all for today. Have a great Tuesday, everyone!

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Wes Cheng

About Wes Cheng

Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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