Syracuse Recruiting Roundup: Richard Young, Anthony Birsa

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Another busy week in the Syracuse recruiting world, so let’s get right to it…

Syracuse has entered the sweepstakes for one of the elite talents in the 2023 class. Lehigh (Fla.) Acres running back Richard Young is ranked a five-star talent by 247 Sports and the No. 18 overall prospect in the class. His offer list is a who’s-who of college athletics, including Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State and Texas, among others.

Young was the headliner of several offers the Orange handed out on Feb. 16. The list also includes 2024 Christ (N.C.) School linebacker Cayden Jones, whose offer list also includes Duke, Kentucky, UNC and Ole Miss, and Reagan (N.C.) High offensive lineman Sam Pendleton, a 2023 prospect with a four-star rating. Pendleton’s offer list includes Clemson, Michigan, NC State, Penn State Va. Tech, and now, Syracuse.

Another 2023 offensive lineman that SU is pursuing is Anthony Birsa, a three-star prospect from Joliet (Ill.) Catholic. The Orange offered him last week, and he spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Mike McAllister. “I’m definitely very interested,” he said.

Syracuse will be getting an official visit from 2023 defensive lineman Gensley Auguste on the weekend of Mar. 5 for Junior Day according to 247 Sports’ Brian Dohn. The West Orange (NJ) High prospect current holds offers from Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Maryland and West Virginia, among others.

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Sticking with the defensive side of the ball, the Orange offered safety Casey Etienne Jr., a 2024 prospect on Feb. 14. It is the second offer for the Cardinal (Fla.) Gibbons prospect, the other being from Iowa State.

We close out this week’s roundup in the class of 2025. Syracuse offered Homstead (Fla.) High wide receiver Cortez Mills over the weekend. Tulane and FAMU are his other two offers at the moment.

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