Recruiting Roundup: Syracuse football receives seven verbal pledges over weekend

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What an incredible weekend in Syracuse recruiting! Let’s dive right into it…

The Orange received a pledge from Frederick Douglass (Md.) athlete Devin Butler on Sunday, he posted on Twitter. He had previously committed to Maryland last summer. Butler has a rating of three-stars and could play safety or wide receiver.

Syracuse flipped safety/OLB Rashad Smith from Florida Atlantic to Syracuse, he announced on Twitter. Smith had taken a visit to FAU on the weekend of the 15th and his official to Syracuse this past weekend. The Homestead (Fla.) prospect has a two-star rating from Scout.

He joined another Florida prospect, three-star defensive end Jaquwan Nelson in committing to Syracuse, writes’s Mike McAllister. Nelson was previously committed to Miami, and been pursued recently by Georgia. He was also on his official visit to Syracuse this weekend.

The third Florida prospect to commit this weekend was defensive tackle McKinley Williams, reports 247 Sports’ Ryan Bartlow. Williams, from Dillard (Fla.) joins high school teammate Kenneth Ruff as Syracuse commits.

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Syracuse was also able to work the midwest, with a trio of prospects committing. West Bloomfield (Mich.) three-star safety Evan Foster announced his commitment to SU via Twitter on Saturday.  He had previously been committed to Bowling Green.

Downingtown East (Pa.) offensive tackle Michael Clark also announced his commitment via Twitter. He had previously been committed to Maryland, and held offers from Rutgers, Pitt, South Carolina and Wake Forest.

He was joined by three-star running back Jo-El Shaw in his pledge to Syracuse. The Woodland Hills (Pa.)  prospect visited Syracuse this weekend with a visit scheduled to Pitt the following weekend, but announced his commitment on twitter on Saturday to SU.

Syracuse did, however, lose out on brothers Elijah and Elisha Daniels, who committed to Maryland over the weekend. The Sunshine State defensive back prospects were reportedly high on Syracuse after their decommitments from Minnesota last year, but they will now play for former Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer.

Syracuse also appears out of the hunt for three-star athlete Malik Harrison of Columbus (OH) Walnut Ridge.’s Marc Givler reports that Harrison cancelled both his Syracuse and Michigan State visits, and will likely be choosing from the schools he had originally visited, which includes Indiana, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.

Rutgers is coming after Syracuse commit Jamal Holloway from Camden (NJ), reports Holloway committed to Syracuse under Shafer and had his pledge honored by the new staff. But the Scarlet Knights have been making a push for Holloway under new coach Chris Ash.

That’s all from the recruiting world for today. Just one more reminder to donate to Pearl Washington’s GoFundMe page if you can. See you all tomorrow.

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