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National Signing Day II: What to Expect From Syracuse

National Signing Day two is upon us Wednesday. Three Syracuse commits are expected to sign and one target is set to make his decision. Here’s what you need to know about the big day for the Orange. Let’s start with the three set to sign. 

QB: Dillon Markiewicz (McKinney North, McKinney, TX)

Size: 6-4.5, 215

Ranking: 1967th, 3-star, 82.5 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Boise State, Stephen F. Austin 

Dallas area QB lacks ratings and an impressive offer sheet, but presents plenty of upside based on his size and arm strength. Late bloomer who put up record numbers in one of high school footballs hotbed areas of the country as part of an air-raid style offense in his only year as starter. Committed to Syracuse right after visiting on Jan. 22nd. New OC/QB coach Sterlin Gilbert is a big reason why he chose SU, according to Mike McAlister of 247sports.com. Has solid mobility for his size as well. Baylor expressed interest late. Syracuse the only reported P5 offer. 

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QB: Jacobian Morgan (Canton, Canton, MS)

Size: 6-4, 200 

Ranking: 2276th, 3-star, 81.5 (via 247sports.com) 

Other Offers: Jackson State, Austin Peay 

Morgan, like Markiewicz, is an upside prospect based on his height and frame of 6’4, 200. He also lacked an impressive offer sheet with no P5 offers. Committed on Jan 26th. Dino said he wanted to be more stealthy about who they were going after at the quarterback position. Virtually no one, according to reports out there, was going after Morgan at P5 level. But, his highlight tape and size, like Markiewicz, suggests he has potential. 

S: Chase Atkinson (Blythewood, Blythewood, SC) 

Size: 5-11, 180

Ranking: 1728th, 3-star, 82.8 overall (via 247sports.com)

Other Offers: Coastal Carolina

Told Orange Fizz he was waiting till he goes on OV in January and that’s why he waited despite committing well before the early period. Confirmed to Orange Fizz recently he plans to sign Wednesday. From the same HS that Robert Braswell finished his HS career at in Blythewood, SC, Atkinson is yet another DB in this class. His ratings didn’t come out till later. Relatively late-bloomer. Runs a reported solid 4.4 40 yard dash.

So those three all plan to sign, that would make 21 signees and one transfer in Chris Bleich from Florida in this class. For more on the complete class, view our football recruiting guide with profiles on every signee. 

Then there is at least one target who Syracuse will be waiting on for a decision Wednesday. As always we could see some surprise signees again too. 

DB: Jahad Carter (Henrico, Richmond, VA) 

Size: 6-0, 185 

Ranking: 84.25, 3-star (via 247sports.com) 

Other Offers: Virginia Tech (originally committed there), Florida Atlantic, Texas Tech 

Carter is an interesting prospect. He actually committed to VT way back in 2017. After de-commiting there Carter went to prep school in Matthews, N.C. and is now a member of the 2020 class instead of 2019. His prep school coach told Syracuse.com, that Carter plans to announce his decision Wednesday. He mentioned three schools to Syracuse.com: FAU, Texas Tech and ‘Cuse. He recently visited and is a very athletic prospect who once was very highly sought after before prep school. His rating used to be an 86 overall on 247sports.com. No reported time for his decision, but keep an eye out for this talented athletes decision Wednesday. 

Also follow our audio content by searching “Orange Fizz” wherever you get your podcasts for interviews with signees and complete coverage of the 2020 football class.

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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