Recruiting Roundup: Syracuse hires Kirk Martin, in lead for 2019 lineman Willie Hepburn

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As if Syracuse didn’t have any depth problems, out goes Howard Washington. On to today’s recruiting links…

2019 Georgia linebacker Allen Smith tweeted on Tuesday that had received an offer from Syracuse. He also has offers from Florida Atlantic and Louisville. Take a look at his HUDL highlights here.

2019 Florida defensive lineman Malcolm Ray originally committed to Louisville in October, but late Monday, he tweeted that he was reopening his commitment. Syracuse, UAB, USF and Wake Forest had been among the schools to offer him.

» Related: Syracuse lands commitment from 2018 RB Jarveon Howard

247 Sports’ Corey Bender writes that 2019 defensive lineman Willie Hepburn picked up an offer from Kansas on Tuesday. The 2019 Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) prospect also holds offers from Boston College, Syracuse and Bowling Green, and says the Orange is in the lead. “Every time I talk to (defensive backs) coach (Nick Monroe), he generally shows that he cares.”

Syracuse hired Manvel (Tex.) High head coach Kirk Martin, 247 Sports’ Mike McAllister reported on Tuesday. He will assume the role of quarterbacks coach at SU, previously vacated by Sean Lewis, who took the head coaching job at Kent State. SU has had several Texas prospects since Dino Babers took over as head coach, and Martin will help continue that pipeline.

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