Syracuse signed 20 new players on 2022 Early Signing Day that had more than its fair share of surprise and delight (along with some disappointment). Here are five key takeaways from a topsy-turvy day:
1. Flipping giveth
Syracuse offered 2023 Ironside (MN) High offensive lineman Trevion Mack last week, and recruited him heavily since then. Though he committed to Northern Illinois in August, the Orange made a successful late push and he changed his commitment on signing day. Mack is a three-star interior line prospect according to 247 Sports and was Syracuse’s fifth OL of the cycle.
2. Flipping taketh away
As one offensive lineman signed, another OL Syracuse had a commitment from departed. A week and a half ago, Pennsylvania offensive lineman Vincent Carroll-Jackson committed to the Orange over a slew of high-major offers that included Georgia and Florida. But Carroll-Jackson took an official visit to Nebraska, and that was enough to change his commitment. Nebraska plans on using him as a defensive lineman, and he will play for former Syracuse defensive coordinator Tony White.
3. There’s always a surprise
In the 2022 cycle, Syracuse announced a surprise commitment from Australian punter Max Von Marburg, who earned the team’s starting spot in his true freshman season. In the 2023 cycle, Syracuse had three surprise commitments. Aside from the aforementioned Mack, the Orange also added Missouri transfer punter Jack Stonehouse, who comes from punter royalty, as his brother (who currently plays for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans), father and uncle all punted at the college level. Syracuse also added 2023 linebacker Josiah Jeffery, who picked the Orange over offers from Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina.
4. LaNorris keeps us in suspense
Syracuse’s highest commit of the cycle is four-star South Carolina quarterback LaNorris Sellers. Though he committed to the Orange over the summer, South Carolina offered him in October and the Gamecocks have been making a strong push since then. Originally, he was supposed to sign on Wednesday and make his announcement on Friday. Instead, he’s pushing signing his NLI to Friday as well. Reading the tea leaves here, Sellers still can’t decide between the two schools, and needs extra time to think about it. Recruiting his a fickle game, and there’s a lot that can change between now and then.
5. Let’s hear it for New York
These new recruits will make you feel brand-new
The JMA Wireless Dome lights will inspire you
Let’s hear it for New York
Those are how the lyrics go, right? No? Oh. Well, if not, that’s how they should go for this signing class. The Empire State led all states in SU’s class with four commits: Tight end David Clement (Albany), Zyian Mloutrie-Goddard (Bronx), Rashard Perry (Buffalo) and Jalil Smith (Brooklyn. The next largest state was New Jersey with a pair of DB incoming transfers (Jayden Bellamy and Jaeden Gould), and running back Muwaffaq Parkman.