A 6’4” defensive end from Camden, NJ, Jamal Holloway put Syracuse on his top 10 list earlier this month. Around the time the list was put together, we took a look at the chances he would come to SU. While Syracuse may sit in that middle to lower tier of schools, they do have an advantage over many other suitors: Location.
Syracuse is close to home for Holloway, Camden, NJ. Only two schools are closer to home for Holloway than SU, and those are Temple and Rutgers. Neither school is exactly known for its football program.
Syracuse also has another advantage that these schools may not have: the Orange has already recruited one of Holloway’s teammates for the class of 2016. Dymelle Parker, a linebacker, is one of the select recruits the Orange has picked up the 2016 recruiting cycle.
Holloway would be a big pickup for the Orange seeing that their defensive line is a little thin. This year there are 5 juniors or seniors on the 2-deep depth chart along the defensive line. So the Orange are and will be in desperate need to bring in some reinforcements for Ron Thompson and the others potentially staying past this upcoming season.
On the field, Holloway has produced as well. In 19 games over his sophomore and junior seasons at Camden High School, Holloway has 99 tackles and 13 sacks. These numbers figure to grow as he gets more playing time in his senior season.