Recruiting Roundup: Syracuse makes final eight for TJ Moore, offers Marcus Valdez, Aaron Hackett

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Syracuse just finished 19th in the Director’s Cup, which is the best finish in school history! On to today’s recruiting links…

TJ Moore, a 2017 offensive lineman from Charlotte (NC) tweeted out his top 8 schools on Tuesday evening, and Syracuse made the cut. Rated four stars by 247 Sports, he also has South Carolina, Va. Tech, Tennessee, UNC, NC State, Louisville and Maryland among his finalists.

2017 defensive lineman Marcus Valdez from Don Bosco (NJ) tweeted that he received an offer from Syracuse on Tuesday. He is teammates with current Syracuse commit Tommy DeVito and holds offers from Rutgers, Bowling Green and Kent State.

Syracuse also extended an offer to 2017 tight end Aaron Hackett from Venice (Fla.), he tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. Other offers include Wake Forest, Cincinnati, ECU and Kentucky. Scout has him as a three-star prospect.

» Related: Syracuse to get visit from Florida LB Shanon Reid’s Brian Dohn caught up with four-star athlete CJ Holmes after he named his top seven schools earlier in the week. “Syracuse has been on Holmes a while, but recent history shows it will be an incredibly hard battle to beat out the other schools on the list,” Dohn writes.

2017 guard Nate Pierre-Louis led Sports U to Rumble in the Bronx title over the weekend, and also talked with’s Dennis Chambers about his recruitment. Among the schools pursuing him include Vanderbilt, Purdue, Seton Hall, UConn, Rutgers, SMU, Creighton, Tulsa, Temple and Syracuse.’s Donna Ditota writes that Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim is chairing USA Basketball U18 team, which has several Orange targets. Among them include 2017 prospects Hamidou Diallo, Quade Green, Jordan Tucker, Lonnie Walker, Mohamed Bamba and Michael Porter, Jr.

That’s all for today. See you tomorrow!

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