It had already been a great week for Dino Babers and his staff and things just got a whole lot better. Syracuse got a commitment from former four-star tight end, and Junior College standout Ravian Pierce on Thursday night. Pierce was rated four stars by Scout.com when he was coming out of high school in Florida and he originally committed to Mississippi State. He remained committed to the Bulldogs all the way through last month. He visited Syracuse on November 18th and committed on Thursday.
The Orange have been busy in the transfer market this week. Syracuse first landed another JUCO standout on Wednesday when linebacker Ryan Guthrie flipped his commitment from Tulane to the Orange. Syracuse also got so much needed help in the secondary, this time from a Division I transfer. Former Notre Dame corner back Devin Butler announced that he was transferring to the Hill on Thursday.
Pierce is listed at 6-4, 230, a decent size for a college tight end, and he led his JUCO team in receptions, yards and touchdowns this past season. The Orange are losing three of their tight ends from last season due to graduation and transfers and could desperately use help at the position. Arguably the most impressive part about landing Pierce is that he had some pretty big time offers.
He obviously had a standing offer from Mississippi State but he also had offers from Ole Miss, Louisville, Miami and Ohio State, according to Scout. While playing time surely played a factor in his decision to come to Syracuse over the bigger programs, one has to think that Dino Babers offense is a big appeal. Though he is a tight end and not a wide receiver, Pierce surely took notice of what Amba Etta-Tawo did in just one year in this offense and will look to endear himself to Babers and the Syracuse faithful in a similar matter.
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