Recruiting Roundup: Major Syracuse storylines heading into NLI Day

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Syracuse head coach Dino Babers looks on from the sidelines. Mandatory Photo Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports.


Let’s jump right into the recruiting roundup as NLI Day has arrived…’s Stephen Bailey reports that 2018 running back commit Jawhar Jordan won’t be signing with the Orange on NLI day because of academic concerns. He has a ranking of three-stars from 247 Sports, and had offers from schools such as Kansas, Rutgers, and Arizona.

JUCO transfer Duwayne Johnson will also not sign with anyone on NLI day, Bailey also reports. The defensive back is being pursued by Mizzou, Arkansas, Iowa State and Syracuse.

One prospect that will be making an NLI day decision will be 2018 running back Mychale Salahuddin. He is down to Syracuse and Pitt, Adam Friedman from is predicting that the four-star athlete, ranked in the 247 Sports’ top 250, will head to the Panthers.

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The other name to keep in mind will be 2018 defensive end Caleb Okechukwu. The three-star Washington DC prospect is down to Syracuse, Texas and Arkansas and will make his decision on signing day.

Syracuse was the first school to offer 2020 Florida defensive lineman Decorri Brown, he tweeted. Check out his HUDL highlights here.

Our ending note will be on the hardwood. Syracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara was on hand to watch elite 2019 big man Isaiah Stewart on Tuesday night, reports 247 Sports’ Mike McAllister. Rated 5-stars by 247, Stewart has no shortage of suitors, with Duke, Georgetown, Maryland and Michigan State among the 36 offers he’s received.

That’s all for today. Enjoy NLI Day!

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