Syracuse added one of the top players in the northeast to their 2015 recruiting class on Sunday as Coatesville (Pa.) High tight end/defensive end Amir Ealey verbally committed to Syracuse, a source told CuseNation.com. Ealey took his official visit during the weekend of December 5th, and just returned from a trip to Maryland over this past weekend. After returning home, he decided Syracuse was the place for him.
Trevon Duval, a 2017 point guard from Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict’s Prep, picked up an offer from Syracuse on Thursday, he reported via Twitter. Duval is one of the top point guards in the 2017 class, rated No. 2 at his position by 247Sports and the No. 8 point guard in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Boys’ Latin 6-foot-7 junior forward Kodye Pugh has seen a spike in his recruitment since spending his summer with WE-R1. His Baltimore-area high school has been a popular destination for college coaches the past few months. 247Sports.com’s No. 147-rated recruit in the Class of 2016 has taken trips to Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Temple and Syracuse and also has visited local schools such as Maryland and Georgetown multiple times. He made his latest visit to College Park for the Terps’ game aginst Virginia at Xfinity Center.
Syracuse commit Keivonnis Davis had two sacks, and FIU commit Fermin Silva and Marshall commit Marquis Couch each had one. Davis’ first sack jarred the ball loose from Armwood quarterback Noah Johnson, allowing junior Keir Thomas to recover with 3:35 left in the third quarter. The momentum-changing play led to Beymar Piraquive’s game-tying 35-yard field goal. “This is a priceless moment,” Davis said. “This is something I’ll remember 10 years from now. We had to come up big for our team and that’s what it’s about. Moments like this live on for 10 or 15 years. I just want to break down in tears right now.”
As a five-star guard and elite Class of 2016 prospect, Canadian guard Jamal Murray has a lot of expectations for the season. The 6-foot-3 guard went for 31 points in an Orangeville Prep win over Malik Newman and Jackson Callaway. The No. 19 prospect in the 2016 class, according to Rivals, Murray is hitting tough pull-up jumpers and getting a lot of complicated baskets this high school season and looks like every bit of a five-star prospect. Murray mentioned to Rivals‘ Eric Bossi that Illinois, Louisville, Michigan and Michigan State have been involved, as well as many other schools.
For nearly 30 minutes Saturday night, the Paul VI Catholic boys’ basketball team sat within a makeshift locker room and listened to Coach Glenn Farello. That the Panthers had just suffered a 70-54 loss to Oak Hill Academy, a perennial powerhouse ranked No. 2 in the nation by one national outlet, was not the issue. It was the manner in which they went down that needed to be addressed. Though new addition V.J. King finished with a team-high 18 points and guard Franklin Howard added 13, the duo combined for eight turnovers. At one point in the fourth quarter, Farello called three timeouts in a one-minute span, unhappy with his team’s disjointed play and poor body language.
South Brunswick’s Dontae Strickland is a freak athlete and teams in the Greater Middlesex Conference are undoubtedly happy he’s graduating in June and won’t return next season. The 5-11, 185-pounder put up monsters numbers in 2014, rushing for 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns. He added 136 receiving yards and another score through the air. As good as he was on offense, though, he was equally impressive on the defensive end. The senior recorded 61 tackles, 7 interceptions and four sacks. With his quick speed, Strickland would often fly into the backfield to apply pressure on quarterbacks, which would result in pulverizing hits.