Syracuse Recruiting Roundup: Naquil Betrand, Matthew Scicchitano

Dino Babers watches from the sidelines of Syracuse's game against UNC. The Orange won 40-37 in double overtime. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.

Another week with plenty of news on the recruiting front, so let’s get right to it.

Syracuse has made the top 10 for 2023 offensive lineman Naquil Betrand from Northeast (PA) High, he tweeted last week. The three-star prospect committed to Colorado in March, and was offered by Syracuse in April, which led to an unofficial visit in May. Along with the Orange, Betrand’s top schools include Texas A&M, Georgia, Kentucky, Auburn, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Maryland and Boston College.

SU is also continuing to schedule visits for prospects. We start with 2024 linebacker Nick Parisi from Holy (NY) Trinity. He has received an offer from Western Illinois so far, and tweeted that he would be visiting Syracuse this past weekend. He’s also visited Rutgers, Temple and UConn, and is planning on visiting Pitt as well.

Two prospects have locked in official visits for the weekend of June 24. 2023 Mount (PA) Caramel defensive lineman Matthew Scicchitano has already taken official visits to Temple and Coastal Carolina, and puts them as well as SU in his top 3. 2023 Massachusetts offensive lineman Jayden Bass was at Syracuse for camp on June 4 and earned an offer, and will visit with Scicchitano.

News also continues to roll in from Syracuse’s football camp on June 4. Sports Illustrated’s Mike McAllister caught up with one of the camp’s top performers, 2023 defensive back Zion Tracy from St. Thomas (CT) More. He says that the Orange coaching staff viewed him as the best athlete at camp, and he expects an offer to be coming soon. His other offers include UMass and Temple.

I also caught up with 2023 Calvert (MD) Hall defensive lineman Zyir Daniel who recapped his ‘great experience’ at Syracuse’s camp. He said he was impressed with the facilities and will try to return to campus later this summer, or in the fall for a game. Some other athletes who posted about their visits included 2023 Dalbé-Viau (CN) Aigles D’Or Lachine defensive back Geraud Tendongze and 2023 kicker Lucas Patocs Bisazza from Cypress (Fla.) Bay.

Several athletes Syracuse had offered are now off the board. Those include:

» Related: An in-depth recap on Syracuse football’s 2022 prospect camp

And we close on a couple of basketball notes. Syracuse was 2023 big man JP Estrella‘s first college offer after he attended the Orange’s Elite Camp. His recruitment has since taken off, and he was recently offered by Duke. While Syracuse continues to pursue him, he has expanded his horizons, and will take official visits to Duke, Tennessee and Iowa, and has already visited Marquette, McAllister also reports. It’s unclear if he’ll take an official to Syracuse.

In the world of women’s basketball, Syracuse offered 2024 forward Ella Hobbs from Jay M Robinson (NC) High. Other offers for her include Florida State, Miami, Ohio State and Kentucky.

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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]