Recruiting Roundup: DeVaughn Cooper to choose between Syracuse, Arizona, Arizona State

Syracuse's defense tightened up in the second half against Wake Forest

Hope everyone is recovering from that basketball game last night as we dive into today’s recruiting links…

Narbonne (Ca.) athlete DeVaughn Cooper will choose between Syracuse, Arizona and Arizona State in a press conference at 1:30 p.m. on signing day, reports’s Greg Biggins. He has previously verbaled to Arizona.

2018 quarterback DeJuan Ellis tweeted on Monday evening that he had received an offer from Syracuse. The Bishop (Va.) O’Connell prospect also has offers from Maryland and Temple.

With defensive end Jaquwan Nelson’s commitment with Syracuse in limbo and the Orange losing out on Josh White to Georgia Tech on Monday, the staff is turning to other options.’s Stephen Bailey reports that 2016 defensive end Dirion Hutchins spoke with defensive coordinator Brian Ward earlier in the week. SU didn’t extend an offer, but that may change. Hutchins also has offers from Purdue, Toledo and Bowling Green.

» Related: Syracuse loses out on Stewart Reese, Josh White’s very own, Adam Zagoria, has several tidbits from the Syracuse basketball recruiting world. Coach-in-waiting Mike Hopkins will be on hand to see 2018 big man Naz Reid on Wednesday. Reid is being pursued by Maryland, LSU and Villanova, among others.

Speaking of Autry, he will be on hand to watch 2018 wing Louis King on Friday. He is a former teammate of Reid’s at Roselle Catholic and holds offers from Seton Hall and St. John’s, among others.

Finally, Pope John (NJ) sophomore guard Aaron Clarke is also getting a look from the Orange. Zagoria reports that Seton Hall is another school that is pursuing Clarke.

That’s all for today, everyone. Enjoy your NLI day!

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