Recruiting Roundup: 2016 star Tyus Battle signs LOI with Syracuse

Battle committed to Syracuse

A big sigh of relief comes from Syracuse fans today, as Mike Hopkins finally won his personal battle with his neck brace. On to today’s recruiting links…

Tyus Battle is officially Orange. The five-star prospect signed his LOI on Tuesday, according to Syracuse. He joins Matt Moyer, who signed his LOI last week, in SU’s 2016 class. Battle is ranked 24th overall in his class, and eighth at his position according to Scout.

2016 defensive back KJ Sails has changed course in his recruitment. Sails announced his decommitment from Iowa on Tuesday afternoon via Twitter after he had committed to them on Nov. 2. Sails had previously drawn interest from Syracuse, and holds offers from Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple and Utah, among others, according to 24/7 Sports.

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USF and Bowling Green are the two schools standing out for Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola safety Devon Clarke, writes’s Corey Bender. Clarke visited USF over the weekend and called his visit “legit.” He also holds offers from Syracuse, Oregon State, Bowling Green, Marshall, Temple, Memphis, South Alabama and Tulane among others.

And in women’s basketball recruiting news, Syracuse signed the No. 25 class according to the Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. Among the class includes guards Gabrielle CooperDesiree ElmoreAlisha Kebbe and Kiara Smith. “We definitely have players that can step in for us right away,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said.

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

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