Murray: Syracuse in the mix for top prospect Thomas Holley

Holley has SU in his top five

Ryan Murray from calls in to talk Syracuse football and basketball recruiting with host Wesley Cheng on The Juice on the Cuse podcast hosted by Murray talks about football recruits Thomas Holley and Nile Sykes, and also basketball recruits Moustapha Diagne and Isaiah Briscoe. Wes also sounds off on Syracuse’s blowout win against Tulane over the weekend and the upcoming Clemson game.

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The Juice Online: How good of a prospect is New York City defensive tackle Thomas Holley? And how is Syracuse looking to land someone of his caliber?

Holley has SU in his top five

Ryan Murray: Thomas Holley is definitely deserving of his rank and the notoriety that he’s getting this year. He’s got great size at around 6’4″, 6’5″, and he’s a defensive tackle that is under 300 pounds, coming in around the 280 mark. He’s a big body, high motor guy and he’s got great footwork. He used to play basketball and at one time he was one of the top basketball recruits, then he switched to football and saw a brighter future there. He’s bringing all of his work ethic and enthusiasm into the defensive tackle position and he is one of the top defensive tackles in the east coast, if not overall in the country. Syracuse is sitting in the top five range. They’re working out an official visit in the next few weeks.

The Juice Online: Switching to basketball, tell us about 2015 recruit Moustapha Diagne.

RM: Diagne is one of the highest rising players in his class. Last year when he first got to America, he was a borderline top 150 guy, maybe on the outside looking in, and then he moved up after the basketball season last year. He just continues to move up and he’s in the top 25 range. He’s just two or three spots from being in the five star range. He’s got a very good upside.


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1. Intro
2. Ryan Murray from calls in
3. Talking recruiting – football and basketball
4. The state of the football team
5. Wins over Wagner and Tulane
6. Looking ahead to ACC action against Clemson.
7. Closing Thoughts and Wrap Up

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Wes has worked for covering the New York Knicks, as well as for covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, 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 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]