There’s never a bad time to talk about Syracuse recruiting in both the football and basketball worlds, and we did just that this week with Sports Illustrated’s Mike McAllister on The Juice on the Cuse Podcast, presented by SNY.tv.
Though Syracuse has signed five recruits in the 2022 class (Quadir Copeland, Justin Taylor, Chris Bunch, Maliq Brown and Peter Carey), the Orange are pursuing a sixth recruit in Oak Hill (Va.) Academy’s Judah Mintz. The four star combo guard is ranked 53rd nationally according to 247 Sports and 35th according to ESPN, and Syracuse has been heavily involved in his process since he decommitted from Pittsburgh in November.
Mintz will officially visit Syracuse, DePaul, Wake Forest and NC State before announcing a decision in March. He will be on the SU campus the weekend of Feb. 26, which also happens to fall on the same weekend as Duke visiting.
“I have to believe that the best atmosphere he’s going to see is going to be at Syracuse,” Mike says.
Though Syracuse could theoretically have five guards on the roster next year (Buddy Boeheim, Joe Girard III and Symir Torrence all have remaining eligibility), Mintz brings an aspect to the Orange it has been lacking this season.
“His strength is attacking downhill, playing in transition, and creating his own shot,” Mike says. “He can do all of that at a very high level. He’s a highly rated recruit for a reason.”
Of course, the main question is whether the Orange can land Mintz.
“There is absolutely a possibility he picks Syracuse,” Mike says.
I chatted with Mike about a variety of football topics as well. The Orange recently finished their 2022 recruiting cycle, and Mike tells me who he believes will be the impact player of that class.
Still, there is more work to be done, especially with the live transfer portal. Syracuse will be looking to fill several other spots with players that are immediately ready to contribute, including at offensive line, defensive line and tight end.
Even if Syracuse doesn’t add to those positions, Mike grades the offseason a B+ to an A.
Afterward, TJO Senior Columnist Jim Stechschulte calls in to discuss Syracuse’s road win over Boston College, its fourth win in a row. And we look to the rest of the regular season as the Orange tries to finish above .500 and avoid its first losing season under Jim Boeheim.