Syracuse Recruiting Roundup: JJ Starling, Peter Carey, Jabriel Mac, Jalil Smith

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It was a key weekend for Syracuse recruiting in both the basketball and football worlds as the football team had its open homer against Rutgers. Here’s the latest from the Orange recruiting world…

JJ Starling

Syracuse hosted Baldwinsville native JJ Starling on an official visit this past weekend. The timing of the visit comes as Starling announced his Top 5 schools, he tells Joe Tipton of On3 Sports.

The 6-4 guard from La Lumiere (Ind.) School is also considering Duke, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Stanford. A decision is likely coming in October.

Starling is currently rated four-stars by 247 Sports, and is ranked 27th in the 2022 class by ESPN.

Peter Carey

Later this month, big man Peter Carey will take an official visit to Syracuse, according to Sports Illustrated’s Mike McAllister.

Carey, a 7-footer in the 2022 class, attends Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon and also holds a scholarship offer from Rutgers.

He’ll be on campus from Sept. 24-25. It’s his second visit to Syracuse, after he attended Syracuse’s Elite Camp earlier in the summer.

Jabriel Mac & Jalil Smith

Moving over to the football side, McAllister also reported that Syracuse hosted multiple prospects in the 2022, 2023, and 2024 classes in SU’s home opener against Rutgers on Saturday.

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Two prospects that Syracuse has offered in the 2023 class who attended are defensive end Jalil Smith from Lincoln (NY) High and running back Jabriel Mac from Mainland (NJ) Regional.

Syracuse was Smith’s first offer, though he has also drawn Power 5 interest from Indiana. The Orange was also first to offer Mac, though since then, Mac has picked up offers from Rutgers and West Virginia, among others.

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