Syracuse picked up a surprise flip, won a recruiting battle for a kicker, and lost out on an offensive line target during 2022’s National Signing Day.
The Orange made a late push for FIU offensive line commit Naeer Jackson, a two-star recruit from Killian (Fla.) High. But Jackson ultimately stuck with his commitment to FIU, selecting them over finalists Syracuse and Delaware State around 10:15 a.m. Jackson was on the Syracuse campus last week.
But an hour later, Syracuse won a recruiting battle for kicker Brady Denaburg, who had taken an official visit to Syracuse this past weekend. The Merritt (Fla.) Island prospect is rated the No. 12 kicker in 2022, and a five-star recruit by Kohl’s Kicking. He chose the Orange over finalists Air Force, Rhode Island and Florida (as a preferred walk-on). Sports Illustrated’s Mike McAllister spoke with him after the announcement, and Denaburg said Syracuse just felt ‘like home.’
Denaburg will be joined on special teams by long snapper Ethan Stangle, who signed as a preferred walk-on after committing to the Orange in December. The Maryland native is the No. 13 long snapper according to Kohl’s Kicking, and held a five-star rating.
The biggest surprise came around lunch time, when the Orange picked up a flipped commitment from three-star defensive back Greg Delaine from Fort Myers (Fla.) High. Rated three-stars by 247 Sports, he had committed to Georgia Tech back in October, and also held offers from Iowa State, Wake Forest and Utah, among others.
Syracuse also officially added Buffalo native Kevin Jobity Jr., who signed a letter of intent after he committed to SU during an official visit last weekend. While currently unrated by the major recruiting services, Jobity is a 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive lineman that picked up a slew of mid-major offers in the past few months.