National Signing Day is less than two weeks away. On February 1st, thousands of young men across the country will put pen to paper and officially commit to playing football at an institution for the 2017 season. As of this moment, four players have enrolled early at Syracuse and 16 more have verbally committed to the Orange and are expected to sign on the first. However, Babers is still hoping to add more names to the list.
One of those late additions to the Syracuse Class of 2017 may be JUCO Defensive Tackle Shaquille Grosvenor. Stephen Bailey of Syracuse.com reports that Grosvenor, who has three years of eligibility remaining is set to visit the Syracuse campus this weekend. Grosvenor is unrated by the major recruiting sites and played his high school football in West Orange, New Jersey.
The other DT set to visit the Hill this weekend is already committed to a different school but he is keeping his options open as National Signing Day nears. Chris Elmore is a three-star recruit who verbally committed to Western Michigan (who went undefeated in the regular season this year) but reopened his recruitment after Western Michigan Head Coach P.J. Fleck was swooped up by former Syracuse A.D. Mark Coyle at Minnesota. The Orange are also recruiting Elmore as a h-back, a position which would have him line up as a fullback or tight end.
The late push for defensive linemen shouldn’t come as a surprise to fans who followed last year’s recruiting cycle. Dino Babers made it clear that he believes that good teams, on both sides of the ball, begin in the trenches. He focused his attention there during his first, shortened, recruiting cycle. However, this year, he only has two offensive linemen and three defensive linemen committed. The only defensive tackle in the class of 2017 is Curtis Harper.
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