Bailey: 2017 Syracuse commit Aaron Hackett ‘versatile’ and 2016 predictions

How will Syracuse fare this season?

Syracuse football beat writer from, Stephen Bailey, calls in to chat about Syracuse’s recent recruiting wins and the 2016 football season with Wes Cheng on The Juice on the Cuse Podcast hosted by The Juice Online Editor in Chief Brad Bierman also calls in to discuss his thoughts for the upcoming season.

Here are the highlights from the show:

Wes Cheng: 2017 three-star tight end Aaron Hackett announced his commitment to Syracuse over the weekend. What kind of player is the Orange getting?

Stephen Bailey: Syracuse is getting a pretty versatile tight end from Venice high school in Florida. The most interesting thing about him might be that his positional coach down in Venice is Beckett Wales, former SU tight end. On the field, Aaron’s comfortable catching passes over the middle, pretty good hands, good in traffic. This year, he’s going to be moving around more in the offense, lining up in the backfield, the wing, out in the trip set, so he’ll be more comfortable if they ask him to do those things at Syracuse.

WC: Syracuse has been picked at the bottom of the ACC by most publications, but what do you think about the possibility of six wins and a bowl game?

SB: I would say an outside chance. Maybe 15 percent. It’s hard to say this far in advancce, but they have a really difficult schedule. […] I think 4-8 is a pretty reasonable expectation. Five wins and a bowl is certainly do-able. And obviously they get to six wins, that would be a heck of an accomplishment in year one for Dino Babers.


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1. Syracuse football beat writer from, Stephen Bailey, calls in
2. Scouting report on tight end commit Aaron Hackett
3. Scouting report on defensive tackle commit Curtis Harper
4. How is the offense/defense shaping up?
5. Predictions
6. Editor in chief Brad Bierman calls in
7. What to look for in preseason practices?
8. Predictions
9. Closing Thoughts and Wrap Up

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Wes has worked for covering the New York Knicks, as well as for covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]