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Syracuse football just finished off a great summer of recruiting. It started on July 3 when California quarterback Justin Lamson picked Syracuse over finalist Louisville. The momentum continued through September, with the Orange landing Virginia wide receiver Umari Hatcher and Illinois offensive lineman Enrique Cruz Jr.
Sports Illustrated’s director of football recruiting, John Garcia Jr., joined me on The Juice on the Cuse podcast to break down the commitment of all three prospects.
He said that he impressed by Cruz’s athleticism and explosiveness, while noting that Hatcher was a physical wide receiver that would work well with Dino Babers’ up-tempo offense. He added that while Lamson was a project, he had the potential to have a similar impact that Eric Dungey did.
All together, the 20 prospects that Syracuse has committed so far in 2021 are “one of the best” classes that the Orange have ever had since rankings first starting being compiled. Garcia also looks forward at what’s remaining for SU in the 2021 class, including American (Fla.) Heritage receiver Oronde Gadsden.
TJO associate editor Jim Stechschulte then calls in and we chat about some unusual additions in Syracuse’s latest depth chart, especially on SU’s offensive line and freshmen that dot the chart in the new 3-3-5 defense.
Jim’s closing thought centers on how Syracuse’s offense will look under Sterlin Gilbert, while I talk about former Syracuse linebacker Zaire Franklin being named a captain of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.