It’s been a busy week in the world of Syracuse recruiting, and we start with the football team as we head into mid-August.
Syracuse will host 2023 defensive back Zion Tracy on an official visit from Oct. 28 – 30, he tweeted. Tracy, a three-star prospect from Long Island (NY) Lutheran, will also be taking an official visit to Penn State on the weekend of Sept. 9. His offer list includes Rutgers, UMass and Temple, among others.
Syracuse was the latest school to offer 2024 offensive lineman Colin Cubberly from Arlington (NY) High. He holds offers from Texas, Rutgers, Pitt, Duke and Boston College, among others.
Two prospects Syracuse had been finalists for chose other schools. 2023 three-star offensive lineman Naquil Betrand committed to Texas A&M over fellow finalists Auburn, Kentucky, Georgia, Penn State and Syracuse. Syracuse was also in the final five for 2023 three-star defensive lineman Ted Gregoire, but he ultimately committed to Vanderbilt. Rutgers, Tulane, and Penn were the other finalists.
The Syracuse coaching staff was also busy over the past week inviting prospects for unofficial visits for the 2022 season opener against Louisville. The Orange will be hosting more than 15 players that weekend, including 2023 athlete Ibrahim Barry of North (MD) County High, he tweeted. He also announced his list of top eight schools, and Syracuse made the cut along with Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Pitt, Toledo, JMU, West Virginia and South Dakota.
Two other prospects on campus I wanted to highlight are William Love, a four-star wide receiver from Woodrow (NJ) Wilson High, and Dyrell Howard-Dolson a 2024 running back from Canisius (NY) High. Love, a 2024 prospect, holds offers from a slew of blue bloods that includes Georgia, Michigan State, Ole Miss, and Penn State. As for Howard-Dolson, this will be his third visit to campus, having previously visited in April and May. Howard-Dolson currently holds an offer from UMass, and has also visited West Virginia and Pitt. He is the cousin of current Syracuse defensive back Duce Chestnut.
Here’s a list of some other prospects who will be at the JMA Wireless Dome on Sept. 3:
- Jamari Hough, a 2023 wide receiver from Buford (SC) High
- Amir Jones, a 2023 wide receiver from Harrisburg (PA) High
- Marleo Neolien, a 2023 offensive lineman from St. Francis (NY) Prep
- James Muller, a 2024 offensive lineman from The Hun (NJ) School
- Christopher Peralta, a 2024 offensive lineman from Seton (NJ) Hall Prep
- Marshall Washington Jr., a 2024 defensive back from Eastside (NJ) High
- Terron Loyd, a 2024 wide receiver from Woodrow (NJ) Wilson High
- AJ Miller, a 2024 quarterback from Rye (NY) High
- Jamier Handford, a 2024 running back from Syracuse (NY) Christian Brothers Academy
- Armani Cabrera, a 2025 defensive back from Canarsie (NY) High
- Daunte Bacheyie, a 2025 wide receiver from Syracuse (NY) Christian Brothers Academy
- Ja-Khi Chance, a 2025 defensive back from Montclair (NJ) High
- Monte Krkuti, a 2025 quarterback from St. Joseph (NJ) Regional
- Kahden Davis, a 2027 quarterback from St. Jerome (NJ) School
Over in the basketball world, Syracuse recently got involved in the recruitment for 2023 Hudson Catholic combo guard Elijah Gertrude. The three-star guard is rated 126th in his class by 247 Sports, and as of last week, was interested in getting up to Syracuse for a visit. But when he released his top five last week, Syracuse did not make the cut. His current top five is Seton Hall, St. John’s, Kansas, Virginia and Rutgers.
Syracuse also hosted JP Estrella for an official visit last week. The Brewster (NH) Academy four-star center, ranked 54th in the class of 2023, caught up with ZagsBlog’s Adam Zagoria, and said that the visit to Central New York “went great.” However, he has not set a commitment date, adding that he’s going to “assess my options” before announcing a timeline. He also visited Iowa before SU, and after the visit, 247 analyst David Eickholt from Iowa Insider made a Crystal Ball prediction for the Hawkeyes.