After reeling in two new commits on Sunday, the Orange picked up two more Wednesday afternoon. The count is now up to seven commits in the class overall. Let’s get to know the latest two.
OT Garth Barclay (York Suburban, York, PA)
With great appreciation and respect for everyone who has helped me along the way, I am very happy to announce my commitment to Syracuse University @CuseFootball @CoachBabersCuse @CoachLynch @CoachCavCuseOL Family-LaFamilia-Ohana #OITNF #JuicedUp 🍊 pic.twitter.com/BnDK37WqNE
— Garth Barclay (@GarthBarclay) June 19, 2019
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 what staff is looking for in linemen. Barclay played both ways in HS, being recruited as OT.
P/K James Williams (Athens Academy, Athens, GA)
— James Williams (@jameswill2020) June 20, 2019
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.
These two aren’t the flashiest commits by any means. However, they are still great adds. Tackle and punter are two of the more underrated positions on the football field every year. You can’t win games without strong play at both.
Syracuse is still behind the curve slightly with seven commits but it’s been a drastic improvement this week. They were due for some and they’re coming in bunches. Not to mention, with seven big name targets taking visits this upcoming weekend, expect the Orange to reel in a couple more before the month-long dead period starts on June 24th.
For a complete look at the 2020 commits and a long list of targets check out our Football Recruiting Guide