Syracuse continued its recruiting momentum on Monday evening, picking up a commitment from four-star offensive lineman Enrique Cruz Jr., he announced on Twitter.
COMMITTED!! SYRACRUZ! I would like to thank everyone who has helped me the Syracuse coaches @CoachLynch @CoachCavCuseOL @CoachBabersCuse and all my coaches coach Hildreth! Coach p! And coach Madison thank you all you’ve all helped me and inspired me thank you for everything! pic.twitter.com/xZqbIAYLkA
— Enrique A Cruz Jr (@Enriquecruzz1) September 7, 2020
247 Sports lists Cruz as the No. 202 prospect regardless of position in the 2021 class, which makes him one of the top ranked recruits that Syracuse had had in the past decade, and highest since Qadir White (187) in 2018.
The Villa Park (Ill.) prospect selected the Orange over offers from West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Kansas, Arizona State and Arizona, among other schools.
Syracuse has had several high-profile commitments recently, starting with four-star New Jersey defensive back Duce Chestnut, who committed in early August. Last week, the Orange also received a commitment from three-star wide receive Umari Hatcher (Va.), who selected SU over offers from Michigan State, Indiana and Maryland.
Cruz’s commitment vaults Syracuse’s team ranking in the 2021 cycle to 45th in the country, which would be its highest finish since 2007 in the 247 rankings.
Cruz is SU’s 20th commit in the 2021 class, and is the fifth offensive lineman. He joins Austyn Kauhi, Kalan Ellis, Wes Hoeh and Tyler Magnuson.
Syracuse begins its 2020 season on Saturday on the road against North Carolina.