Recruiting Roundup: Syracuse adds commitments from safties Robert Hanna, Charles Bell

Syracuse coach Dino Babers looks on from the sidelines. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.

If you haven’t seen Syracuse football’s new uniforms, I suggest you take a look! On today’s recruiting links…

A basketball note before we move on to football. Syracuse and UConn are in the lead for the services for 2020 forward Noah Collier from Westtown School (Pa.) and Team Final, reports Adam Zagoria from “Hurley and Boeheim, UConn and Syracuse are definitely people who keep in a touch a lot,” Collier said of his recruitment. His offer list also includes Maryland, Villanova, GW and Seton Hall.

And now on to football. Over the past weekend, Syracuse football hosted six recruits on official visits, and two of the ended up committing. Both commits occurred on Saturday, starting with Miami (Fla.) Palmetto safety Robert Hanna‘s Twitter announcement in the afternoon. Rated three stars by 247 Sports, the 2020 prospect picked the Orange over offers from Boston College, Miami, UNC and UCF, among others.

Several hours later, the Orange also secured a commitment via Twitter from another 2020 safety, Charles Bell. Also rated three stars by 247 Sports, the Maryland native also had offers from Boston College, Temple, Pitt and Virginia Tech.

The news came only a few days after 2020 linebacker Stefon Thompson announced his commitment to Syracuse on Twitter on Friday. Other schools to have offered Thompson included Charlotte, Southern Miss and Wisconsin. He had this to say to 247 Sports’ Mike McAllister: “I know I can develop as a player and become a great person there. Also, it has great academics and the major (sports marketing) that I want to study is very good at Syracuse.”

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Syracuse is also in the final five for North Stafford (Va.) athlete Javon Swinton, he announced on Twitter. The 2020 prospect is rated three stars by 247 Sports, and Rutgers, Wake Forest, South Carolina and Indiana round out his top 5.

The Orange lost out on a 2020 target on Friday, with Buffalo quarterback Christian Veilleux tweeting that he was reclassifying to 2021. He will transfer to The Bullis School in Potomac, Md., presumably to get more national exposure. With Veilleux off the 2020 board, Syracuse has turned its attention to Alabama quarterback Brett Nezat. “He informed me that right now I’m their top guy, but there’s another guy that’s close so they may decide to wait until a couple of games into the season before they offer one of us,” Nezat said to’s Stephen Bailey.

Moving into the class of 2021, Syracuse was the second school to offer Greer (SC) offensive lineman Jaydon Collins, he tweeted on Sunday. Duke was the first school to offer earlier in the weekend. Check out the 6’6″, 260 pound lineman’s HUDL highlights.

Another 2021 prospect that Syracuse offered was Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins, a defensive end from Gaffney (SC), he announced on Twitter. West Virginia is the other school to have offered.

That’s all for today. Have a great start to your week, everyone!

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