Recruiting Roundup: 2020 wide receiver Damien Alford commits to Syracuse football

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Congratulations to Matthew Bergeron, Luke Benson and Mikel Jones for being named to the PFF College All-Freshman Teams! On to today’s recruiting links…

Syracuse football received its 16th commitment of the 2020 class over the weekend, getting a verbal from McArthur (Fla.) High wide receiver Damien Alford reports 247 Sports’ Mike McAllister. The Orange landed their first pure wide receiver of the class during his official visit over the weekend, and nabbed the three-star prospect from a crowded offer field that included Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee, among others.

He was not the only wide receiver taking a visit to Syracuse. Fellow prospect Ja’vontae Williams from Glades (Fla.) Central also joined Alford on campus. Williams is a three-star prospect, currently ranked 171st among wide receivers in 2020 according to 247. Aside from Syracuse, he holds offers from Indiana, Miami, Oregon and USF, among others. Williams tweeted a photo with him and Syracuse head coach Dino Babers and assistant coach Nick Monroe during his official visit.

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The Orange looked ahead to 2021 as well, offering Atlantic (Fla.) Coast wide receiver Pat Bryant, he tweeted on Friday. He has a rating of three-stars from, and Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Nebraska and Rutgers are among the other schools to have offered him.

Class of 2020 cornerback Elijah Gaines tweeted on Friday that he had decommitted from Penn State. Syracuse was among the schools in his final seven. He was also considering Virginia, North Carolina Duke, Notre Dame and Michigan at the time of his commitment. The three-star defensive back is originally from Virginia.

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

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