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Syracuse Football Recruiting 2020 Complete Guide

Syracuse currently has 11 commits in the 2020 football cycle. Here you will find the complete list of SU commits and other high-priority targets they’ve offered of note.

RB: Sean Tucker (Calvert Hall College, Towson, MD)

Size: 5-10, 190

Ranking: 774th, 3-Star, 86 overall rating (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Air Force, Kent State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Maryland-based back with speed for days (HS track star). Reported 4.28 40-yard dash. Needs to develop strength. Committed early on April 13th, 2019. Complementary style to Jarveon Howard.

FULL TUCKER PROFILE:

RB: Marlowe Wax (Mount Saint Joseph, Baltimore, MD)

Size: 6-0, 219

Ranking: 1534th, 3-star, 82 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: East Carolina, Marshall, Pittsburgh, Kent State, Temple, Toledo

Another Maryland-back that committed the day after Tucker did. If Tucker is lightning, he’s more of a thunder. Known for breaking tackles. With lower ratings than Tucker, will need to prove his agility and vision translates at next level. HIGHLIGHTS

FULL WAX PROFILE:

WR/TE/LB/DB: Justin Barron (Suffield Academy, Suffield, CT)

Size: 6-4, 210

Ranking: 1221st, 3-star, 83.6 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Air Force, FIU, Fordham

Same HS as 2020 targets WR Jaden Dottin and QB Tyler Van Dyke (Miami commit). Classified as an athlete and plays both ways. Coaching staff apparently fighting for him because he could play so many different positions. Best guess at this point would be tight end, assuming he adds weight. Questions about his speed as a wideout for Babers offense. Linebacker is also definitely in the running and some talks of safety. Committed on June 16th, 2019 after camp visit.

OG/DL: Josh Ilaoa (Mallard Creek, Charlotte, NC)

Size: 6-3, 280

Ranking: 1480th, 3-star, 83 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: ECU, Hawaii, Elon, Illinois, Colorado State, James Madison, Kent State

Unlike some of the other targets and commits in this cycle, Ilaoa has a college ready body right away. At 280 pounds, he is strong and relatively quick for his size. He even told Orange Fizz he had talks with coaching staff about playing some Tight End. He plays all positions of the line both ways in HS. His most realistic fit is offensive guard.

OT: Garth Barclay (York Suburban, York, PA)

Size: 6-7, 250

Ranking: 1838th, 3-star, 81 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: UVA, Temple, UMass, Buffalo, Bowling Green, Central Mich.

Offered after attending Syracuse camp on June 8th, 2019. Super tall tackle with size that projects great. Height seems to be a point of emphasis for linemen with staff. Played both ways in HS, being recruited as OT. Committed on June 18th, 2019 shortly after camp visit.

P/K James Williams (Athens Academy, Athens, GA)

Size: 6-1, 182

Ranking: 5th overall punter and 12th overall kicker in class (via Kohl’s)

Other Offers: Hawaii, Air Force, Army

With Sterling Hofrichter out of eligibility next year, Syracuse needed a punter in this class and went out and got one of the best in the class. Williams also had interest from Alabama (no reported offer). He should be ready to fill the vacant hole next year and add to the growing tradition of strong special-teamers at Syracuse #DixonforHeisman.

DE: Kevin Lemieux (The Governors Academy, Ashburnham, MA)

Size: 6-4, 235

Ranking: 1239th, 3-star, 83.5 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Boston College, Army, Dartmouth, UCONN, Rutgers, Tulane, Maine

Strong side end with great height (6-4 like Alton Robinson). Likely needs to add strength, develop technique and finesse to prove he can make the leap from Massachusetts ball to D1. First commit of 2020 cycle. HIGHLIGHTS

FULL LEMIEUX PROFILE:

DE: Leon Lowery (North Brunswick, North Brunswick, NJ)

Size: 6-3, 205

Ranking: 1603rd, three-star, 82.7 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Indiana, UMASS, Rutgers, Temple

Lowery committed to the ‘Cuse after a great showing at SU’s camp on June 16th, 2019. He passed up Rutgers, despite going to HS roughly eighth miles from the campus. As you might notice in the tweet below from CuseNation.com, this guy has a lot of speed coming off the line of scrimmage. Lowery’s main task will be bulking up to get ready for the size of ACC offensive lineman. There’s plenty to like about Lowery’s potential.

S: Robert Hanna (Miami Palmetto, Miami, FL)

Size: 6-0,170

Ranking: 1275th, 3-star, 83 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Miami, Louisville, Liberty, Pitt, UCF, USF, UAB

He came up for a visit with HS teammate and fellow target, WR Kentron Poitier, this past weekend after unofficially visiting SU back on April 13th. One of his only other visits was hometown Miami. Play-making safety from Miami Palmetto, same HS as Cornellius Nunn. Like Nunn, Syracuse beat out Miami for him. HIGHLIGHTS

ATH/S: Charles Bell (Quince Orchard, Gaithersburg, MD)

Size: 5-11.5, 195

Ranking:1006th, 3-star, 84 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Maryland, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech

Explosive safety with solid instincts. Unofficially visited campus in March and then OV this past weekend. Orange beat out nearby Maryland for Bell. One of the stronger recruits ratings wise in this 2020 class so far. Adds to an ever-growing secondary.

BELL HIGHLIGHTS

LB/ATH: Stefon Thompson (Zebulon B. Vance, Charlotte, NC)

Size: 6-0, 222

Ranking: 1862nd, 3-star, 81.5 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Wisconsin, Akron, App State, Coastal Carolina, Charlotte

Syracuse offered Thompson in early May, he came up and camped for an unofficial visit on June 14th and verbally committed just seven days later on Friday, June 21st. Not a crazy offer sheet, but has good speed for his size. Will almost certainly play linebacker for the Orange. Second straight year Syracuse has grabbed a backer from NC (Kpogba in ’19).

2020 Targets

QB: Christian Veilleux (Canisius HS, Buffalo, NY) (RECLASSIFIED TO 2021)

Size: 6-3.5, 190

Ranking: 241st, 4-star, 90 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Michigan, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina

As some expected Veilluex is now officially a 2021 prospect. His ratings are really, really good. Like Tommy DeVito neighborhood. Late-bloomer originally from Ottawa, garnering a lot of buzz lately. Alabama, Clemson, Penn State have shown interest. The Canadian prospect visited the Syracuse campus for two days in Mid-May 2019 and called it “amazing.” Would be one of the biggest gets of Dino era and is still a huge priority going forward just not a 2020 guy anymore. 

QB: Mason Garcia (Carolina Forest, Myrtle Beach, SC) (COMMITTED TO ECU)

Size: 6-4, 205

Ranking: 797th, 3-star, 86 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: East Carolina, Mizzou, App State, Akron, Bowling Green

Pro-style QB with great size. Received interest from Clemson, South Carolina and Georgia, no reported offers. Syracuse, Missouri and East Carolina seemed to be front-runners. Originally planned visit to SU but never came. Staying nearby at ECU.  HIGHLIGHTS

QB: Will Howard (Downingtown West, Downington, PA)

Size: 6-4, 205

Ranking: 1019th, 3 star, 86 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Maryland, Kansas St, Bowling Green, Minnesota, Cincy, Harvard

Already made three trips to CNY: Unofficial in October ‘18, SU Camp in summer ‘18 and came for Junior day in March ‘19. Has been linked to Maryland and Kansas State of late, though. Good build. Strong arm and poise in pocket. HIGHLIGHTS

QB: Brett Nezat (Saraland, Saraland, AL)

Size: 6-4.5, 225

Ranking: 1350th, 3-star, 83.6 overall (via 247sports.com)

Offers: Arkansas State, Central Mich, East Illinois, No Power 5

Nezat, a Three-star quarterback from Alabama, visited Syracuse recently and was told he was at “the top of their board”, according to Syracuse.com. He has yet to receive an offer though.

Ratings are pretty solid, 83.6 on 247sports.com, but not a lot of great offers. His high school plays a similar up-tempo like system. Likely between him and Case (below) for offer and coaching staff is gonna wait and see who they like more.

QB: Casey Case (Winter Park HS, Winter Park, FL)

Size: 6-6, 195

Ranking: NR on 247sports.com, considered 2-star prospect

Offers: Wagner, Steston, Buffalo, Southern Miss, Troy

Case, a tall lanky Florida based QB target, also visited the campus in Mid-June and left with interest but no reported offer. It appears the Orange are going to wait and see more from Nezat and Case and decide which one deserves an offer more.

At 6-6, 195, Case has some potential. He is an accurate passer. However, his ratings are much lower than Nezat. He isn’t rated at all on any major recruiting sites. Feels like a plan B at the position after missing out on Garcia and Veilluex reclassifying, but Nezat (above) or Case would likely commit with offer and both have potential.

RB: Lamy Constant (Canarsie, Brooklyn, NY)

Size: 6-0, 186

Ranking: 195th in ESPN300, 4-star, 91 overall on 247sports.com

Other Offers: West Virginia, Boston College, Florida, Michigan, LSU, Tennessee, Texas A&M

Top NY back in 2020 class that would be one of, if not, the best recruiting get in Dino Babers era. Syracuse has geographical advantage but Constant hasn’t taken a visit yet. West Virginia appears to be the front-runners, one of his two coach visits (Rutgers is other).

RB: Jalen Berger (Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, NJ)

Size: 6-0, 187

Ranking: 151 on ESPN300, 4-star, 97 overall on 247sports.com

Other Offers: Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Oregon, VT, Michigan, Florida, etc

Former Teammate of Tommy DeVito at Don Bosco Prep. ESPN lists him as 13th best back in 2020 class. Got offers from everyone under the sun. Elite speed and athleticism. Would be instant playmaker.

FULL BERGER PROFILE:

WR: Bryce Gowdy (Deerfield Beach, Deerfield Beach, FL)

Size: 6-2, 180

Ranking: 342nd, 4-star, 89 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Florida State, Florida, Arkansas, Oregon, Tennessee, Penn State

Fringe ESPN300 receiver. Toured campus on June 20th as part of that big weekend. Also visits with West Virginia and Georgia Tech. Syracuse was his very first offer. He’s really risen since then and SU now has to compete with offers from elite level schools across the nation.

WR: Kentron Poitier (Miami Palmetto, Miami, FL)

Size: 6-3.5, 205

Ranking: 607th, 3-star, 87 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Oregon, Florida, Miami, Michigan

Syracuse was on him early. Official visit on June 20th-22nd, 2019. Fringe 4-star with great athleticism and speed. Could basically go anywhere he wants. Feels like SU has realistic shot because of mutual interest early on. Main recruiter, Nick Monroe, visited him on May 18th 2019. Same HS as S Cornelius Nunn and fellow 2020 target Robert Hanna.

WR: Malick Meiga (Cegep du Vieux, Montreal, QC)

Size: 6-4, 190

Ranking: 855th, 3-star, 85.6 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Louisville, West Virginia, Penn State, Baylor

About as good as it gets measurables wise for a wide receiver. Tall but also super speedy with estimated 4.42 40 yard dash. Could be a major red zone threat. Camped with Syracuse on June 8th. Also has visited Louisville, camped with Penn State and even camped with Alabama (no reported offer). Major priority in this recruiting cycle. Included Syracuse along with WVU, Penn State and Louisville in his top schools in an Instagram Q&A.

WR: Jaden Dottin (Suffield Academy, Suffield, CT) -(COMMITTED TO PENN STATE)

Size: 6-3, 167

Ranking: 169 on ESPN300, 4-star, 91 overall by 247sports.com

Other Offers: Penn State, Michigan, BC, UCONN, Michigan St, Pittsburgh

Came for Syracuse’s junior day in March ‘19. Tall-lanky receiver that is rising up rankings. SU was on him early. Has been linked to Penn State heavily lately though. Same HS as former Orange QB target and Miami commit Tyler Van Dyke and 2020 commit Justin Barron. 

WR: Ricky White (Wheeler, Marietta, GA)

Size: 6-1, 175

Ranking: 885th, 3-star, 85 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Michigan St, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Pittsburgh, West Virginia

Placed Syracuse in his top 6 (along with the other five schools listed above) on May 19th, 2019. Touchdown-machine (13 in 10 games LY) from a football power state in Georgia. Michigan State appears to be front-runner, according to recruiting experts. HIGHLIGHTS

WR/RB: Eamonn Dennis (St John’s, Worcester, MA) (COMMITTED TO MICHIGAN)

Size: 5-10, 173

Ranking: 469th, 3-star, 88 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Michigan, Miss St, Rutgers, UCONN, Duke, Georgia Tech

Electric spark plug with unreal speed. Undersized as both a running back and wide receiver. Think Sean Riley. Visited SU campus twice, including once for junior day in March ‘19 but chose Michigan. HIGHLIGHTS.

ATH: Jordan Addison (Tuscarora, Frederick, MD) (COMMITTED TO PITTSBURGH)

Size: 5-11, 161

Ranking: 1252th, 3-star, 83.6 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Pittsburgh, ECU, Maryland, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech

Skinny, super athletic wide-out/defensive back. Most likely will be a wide receiver. State champion in the long jump for Maryland in HS. Another guy that chose Pittsburgh over SU.

TE/WR: Jalen Williams (Wekiva, Apopka, FL)

Size: 6-6, 200

Ranking: 790th, 3-star, no overall rating yet on 247sports.com

Other Offers: Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Tennessee, Troy, FIU

Big-bodied receiver with tons of size, some sites even list him at 6-7. Projects as a TE once he adds some mass. Toured SU campus during junior day in early March ‘19. Offered in December ‘18. Tweets about Syracuse relatively often. HIGHLIGHTS

TE: Joshua Rawlings (Woodland Hills, Pittsburgh, PA) (COMMITTED TO VIRGINIA)

Size: 6-5, 220

Ranking: 1348th, 3-star, 83 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Pittsburgh, ECU, Vandy, UVA, Iowa State, Minnesota, Indiana

Syracuse made top 8 (along with 7 other schools above). Called city “beautiful” on tour and likes Orange’s offensive style. Virginia, not even in his original top 8, swooped in late to land verbal though. 

OT: James Pogorelc (Chantilly, Chantilly, VA)

Size: 6-7, 280

Ranking: NR on 247sports.com

Other Offers: Villanova, Wake Forest, ODU, Bryant, Fordham, UMass

Incredibly tall tackle with potential based on size alone. Even 6-8 on some sites. Late bloomer of sorts. Syracuse offered after attending satellite camp on June 4th. Based on the prestige of program, SU is his biggest offer.

OT: Jeremiah Banks-Wall (Montini Catholic, Lombard, IL)

Size: 6-6, 250

Ranking: 1923th, 2-star, 79 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Eastern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Arkansas State, Bowling Green

Syracuse was his very first offer back in January ‘19. Visited the campus for junior day in March ‘19. Only 2-stars. Slim, tall tackle from a powerhouse HS program. Quick hands and feet. Feels like SU is the front-runners.

OL/C: Jake Renfro (Providence Catholic, New Lenox, IL) (COMMITTED TO CINCY)

Size: 6-3, 290

Ranking: 1716th, 2-star, 80 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Cincinnati, Ball State, Columbia, Dartmouth

Orange became first power-five school to offer him on May 29th, 2019. Just two-stars, would need to develop instincts overtime. Based on prestige of program, Syracuse has great shot.

 

DL: Akheem Mesidor (Clearwater Academy International, Clearwater, FL)

Size: 6-3, 255

Ranking: 625th, 3-star, 86.5 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Ole Miss, Buffalo, UCF, Washington State

Canadian prospect that moved south to Florida and is gaining steam. Syracuse was very first offer back in July of 2018. Used to be viewed as LB/DE tweener type but gained weight. Now most see him as an explosive 3-technique. Quick hands. Syracuse appears to be one of the favorites.  

DE: Amin Vanover (St Joseph’s Regional, Montvale, NJ)

Size: 64, 260

Ranking: 330th, 4-star, 89.5 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Alabama, Clemson, Penn State, Ohio State, WVU, VT, Georgia

SU made cut for top 10 in early May ‘19. He came to visit campus with HS teammate Elijuwan Mack (also pictured above) for junior day in early March ‘19. Dynamic strong-side edge rusher with similar size and athleticism to Alton Robinson. HIGHLIGHTS

DL: Dayon Hayes (Westinghouse, Pittsburgh, PA) (COMMITTED TO PITTSBURGH)

Size: 6-3, 250

Ranking: 568th, 3-star, 87 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Pittsburgh, Ball State, Bowling Green, Illinois, Kent St, UMass

Quick DT that burst onto the scene his junior year. Hometown Pittsburgh seems to be toughest competition. He came to Syracuse for junior day in early March ‘19 and received an offer then. HIGHLIGHTS

DT: Sammy Solomon (Wyoming, Plymouth, PA)

Size: 6-3, 295

Ranking: 1047th, 3-star, 84 overall (via 247sports.com)
Other Offers: BC, Rutgers, Temple, Virginia

Toured Syracuse during junior day in early March ‘19. Received offer shortly after. Late-bloomer of sorts. Impressive athlete and quickness for 295. Plays basketball as well and Syracuse sent someone to watch him play basketball this year, according to Syracuse.com. HIGHLIGHTS

DE/LB: Latarie Kinsler (Pahokee, Pahokee, FL)

Size: 6-2, 204

Ranking: 382th, 3-star, 88 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Miami, LSU, Oregon, Louisville, Texas A&M, Penn State

4-star on some sites. Edge-rusher who committed to Louisville really early (April ‘18) and then decommitted in October ‘18. Small but dynamic and disruptive. Came to Syracuse in late March ‘19. Official visit on June 20th (part of that big weekend).

DE: Khaya Wright (South Miami Senior, Miami, FL)

Size: 6-3, 195

Ranking: NR on 247sports.com (3-star on Rivals)

Other Offers: Miami, Louisville, USF, Georgia Tech, Virginia

No rankings yet, but clearly would be ranked based on list of offers. Hometown Miami in the mix. Main recruiter is Nick Monroe. Super quick hands and instincts for an edge rusher. Tall and lanky.

DE/TE: Claude Larkins (Chaminade-Madonna Prep, Hollywood, FL) (COMMITTED TO MINNESOTA)

Size: 6-4, 215

Ranking: 1218th, 3-star, 84 overall (via 247sports.com)
Other Offers: Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Baylor, Kent State, FIU

Tall defensive end that also projects potentially as a tight end. 52nd best defensive end in class, according to 247sports.com. Another Florida guy. HIGHLIGHTS

OLB: Tirek Austin-Cave (Camden, Camden, NJ) (COMMITTED TO MIAMI)

Size: 6-1, 203

Ranking: 539th, 3-star, 87 overall (Via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Miami, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kentucky, Pitt, Rutgers, Temple, WVU

Super athletic and quick NJ linebacker. Also runs track. SU made the cut for his “Top 9” along with the other 8 schools listed above. Came for Junior day on March 3rd ‘19. OV at Miami in early June, called it “perfect.” Shortly after touring there and West Virginia, he cancelled his originally scheduled OV with Syracuse in late June ’19 and committed with Miami. 

ATH: Jecoryan Davis-Hamilton (Apopka, Apopka, FL)

Size: 6-1, 185

Ranking: 872nd, 3-star, 85 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Auburn, Georgia Tech, UCF, Virginia, Miami, North Carolina, OSU

Received an offer from SU early in June of ‘18. Same HS as fellow target Jalen Williams. He often throws to him because Davis-Hamilton, although listed as an ATH, is a QB for Apopka. Mainly being recruited as a running back though it appears. HIGHLIGHTS

ATH: Israel Abanikanda (Abraham Lincoln, Brooklyn, NY) (COMMITTED TO PITT)

Size: 5-11, 197

Ranking: 1115th, 3-star, 84 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Pittsburgh, BC, Buffalo, Vandy, Duke, Cal

Committed to Pitt right after OV weekend with Syracuse on June 21st. Athlete that many see as a slot wide receiver and/or shifty running back. Also has some potential at defensive back, according to scouts. HIGHLIGHTS

S/OLB: Elijuwan Mack (St Joseph’s Regional, Montvale, NJ)

Size: 6-0, 185

Ranking: 1355th, 3-star, 83 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Rutgers, Boston College, Buffalo, ECU, Louisville

Same HS as 4-star target Amin Vanover. Both came for junior day in early March ‘19. SU offered him in January ‘19. Also toured Rutgers (seems to be two-horse race between Rutgers and Syracuse). HIGHLIGHTS

S: Jared Greenfield (Narbonne, Harbor City, CA) (COMMITTED TO OREGON)

Size: 6-0, 180

Ranking:478th, 3-star, 87.7 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Oregon, Cal, Arizona State, USC

Fringe 4-star safety from California. Syracuse made cut for “Top 5” with other four schools above. Reports indicate he never made it out for a visit though and is set to announce on June 10th, 2019. Seems like a long shot but impressive SU made list, considering geography and talent-level. Oregon is heavy favorite.

WR: Jahvante Royal (St Thomas Aquina, Fort Lauderdale, FL) (COMMITTED TO PITT)

Size: 6-3, 185

Ranking: 298 on ESPN100, 4-star, 90 overall on 247sports.com

Other Offers: Penn State, Georgia, Kentucky, Florida State, Ohio State, Tennessee

Plays both ways. More hype as WR right now it appears. Same HS as 2019 DL commit Jason Munoz. Another Florida athlete with Nick Monroe on the trail. Penn State early favorite.

 

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