Recruiting Roundup: Syracuse offers Rayshard Ashby; Amba Etta-Tawo commits

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Today is National Orange Day! Go Orange! On to today’s recruiting links…’s very own, Adam Zagoria, writes that Kentucky head coach John Calipari was in New Jersey earlier in the week watching 2017 St. Patrick’s big man Nick Richards and 2018 Roselle Catholic big man Naz Reid. “[Calipari] just wanted to let me know he’s interested in me improving,” Richards said. Both have offers from Syracuse.

Syracuse landed a commitment from Maryland wide receiver and graduate transfer Amba Etta-Tawo, writes’s Mike McAllister. In three seasons at Maryland, he caught 61 passes for 938 yards and three touchdowns.

He will be joined by Ohio linebacker Zack Lesko, who tweeted on Wednesday that he has committed to Syracuse. Lesko will join the team this summer as a preferred walk-on.

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2017 Virginia linebacker Rayshard Ashby received an offer from Syracuse, he tweeted on Wednesday. He is rated three stars by Scout and holds offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and East Carolina.’s Josh Helmholdt writes that River Rouge (Mich.) quarterback Jairus Grissom nearly ended his recruiting process last month when he visited Syracuse. Central Michigan, Rutgers, Purdue, NC State are among the other schools who have extended offers.

Judge Culpepper, brother of Syracuse quarterback Rex, will be visiting Syracuse for its spring game on April 2, writes’s Corey Bender. The 2018 tight end prospect already holds offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Minnesota, Kentucky, Iowa State and Purdue.

That’s all for today. See you tomorrow.

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