McAllister: Syracuse football still recruiting Alijah Clark, William Wells

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Syracuse coach Dino Babers waits in the tunnel of the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.

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With Syracuse football struggling on the field in 2020, it always helps to look forward toward next year. And in SU’s case, the future looks bright. The Orange currently has a top 50 recruiting class in 2021 according to the major recruiting services, and we spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Mike McAllister to get his take on recruiting, and how he ended up at Sports Illustrated.

“The depth of the class is the best we’ve seen, at least under the Dino Babers era,” McAllister says. “They’ve got four wide receivers who are 6 foot 3 or taller, they’ve got five offensive lineman, they’ve got a highly regarded quarterback early. It gives you a nice, well-rounded class.”

And Syracuse isn’t done yet. With a handful of scholarships still left, the Orange still has two major names on its recruiting board.

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The first is William Wells, a 3-star defensive back from Florida. In April, he named Syracuse his leader among a list of offers that includes UCF, Utah and Washington State. SU is also still pursuing Rutgers commit Alijah Clark, a three-star defensive back who is high school teammates with current Orange commit Duce Chestnut.

McAllister adds that Syracuse will likely look to hold on to some scholarships to test the grad transfer market.

Editor in chief Brad Bierman then joins me to talk about the football team’s bad luck with injuries. Andre Cisco is now out for the year and has declared for the NFL draft. Jawhar Jordan hasn’t appeared since week 3. It seems like Tommy DeVito suffered a season-ending lower body injury in the loss to Duke.

Brad closes the show by talking about the coming Syracuse basketball season, while I talk about a Dion Waiters becoming just the second Orangemen alumnus to win an NBA title.

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Wes has worked for covering the New York Knicks, as well as for covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]