Happy Monday to all as we get to all of the news from a busy week in the Syracuse recruiting world.
Without any commitments in the 2023 or 2024 cycle so far, Syracuse basketball has been active on the recruiting circuits lately. As we mentioned last week, Syracuse offered 2023 four-star big man Drew Fielder from Southern California Academy. After he took a visit to USC, Stockrisers Jake Weingarten reports that Syracuse’s coaching staff was in SoCal to get a first-hand look at Fielder, who is currently ranked 111th in his class. Of course, SU wasn’t the only ones, as Creighton, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon State, St. Mary’s, Alabama, TCU and Iowa, among others, were also there.
Ian Jackson, the No. 2 prospect in the class of 2024, has a who’s who of offers, including Kentucky, North Carolina, and Kansas. The five-star prospect plays for Cardinal (NY) Hayes, and will have a slew of high-majors, including Syracuse, in to see him this week, Weingarten also reports. Other schools visiting include Duke, Kentucky, UNC, Auburn, UCLA, LSU, Kansas, Texas and Pittsburgh. Syracuse offered Jackson in April.
Of course, Jackson isn’t the only high-major prospect who plays for Cardinal Hayes. His teammate, 2024 guard Elijah Moore, will also have a large group of schools in to see him, according to Pro Insight’s Andrew Slater. Rivals rates him a three stars and the 104th prospect in 2024. Among the schools to meet with him include California, Pitt, Maryland, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Syracuse and UConn. Moore attended Syracuse’s Elite Camp in August and was offered in April.
One 2024 guard who is already off the board is Robert Wright, a 6-foot point guard from Neumann-Goretti (PA). He announced his commitment to Baylor last week, choosing them over an offer list that included Louisville, Miami, Syracuse and Wake Forest. He attends the same high school as former Syracuse players Rick Jackson and Scoop Jardine.
Staying in basketball, but switching over to the women’s side, Syracuse offered 2024 McDonogh (MD) High forward Ava McKennie. Maryland, Pitt and Kentucky are some of the other schools to have offered so far.
Moving over to football, 2023 defensive back Zion Tracy committed to Penn State over the weekend. The Long Island (NY) Lutheran three-star prospect took an official visit to Penn State on Sept. 9, and had originally scheduled an official visit to Syracuse on the weekend of Oct. 28. His final four schools included Buffalo, Penn State, Rutgers and Syracuse.
Syracuse continues to pursue 2023 defensive lineman Will Norman from Woodrow (NJ) Wilson. Norman committed to the Florida Gators in June, but Syracuse hosted the four-star prospect, ranked 205th in his class, for its season opener against Louisville. Syracuse officially extended him an offer last week.