Doug Marrone has added a respectable amount of girth to the recruiting class¬†of ‚Äô11 recently, and it looks like that weight will mostly impact the offensive side of¬†the ball.
With the additions of offensive linemen Rob Trudo (who plays both ways but by¬†my judgment seems like a better offensive prospect) and Kristofer Curtis,¬†Syracuse football now has all the makings of a deep 2011 class.
Let‚Äôs take a brief look at who Doug Marrone has convinced to join his program.
- Marrone has added to his growing list of young quarterbacks with Terrell¬†Hunt.
- Secured verbal commitments from the aforementioned offensive¬†linemen.
- Brought in DBs to compete for spots that will be vacated by the three¬†seniors starting this year, in Dale Peterman and¬†Jaston George.
- Landed a trio of three-star linebacking prospects: Cameron Lynch,¬†Oliver Vigille, and Myles Davis.
- Grabbed some lengthy wide receivers, including Dyshawn Davis and¬†Jeremiah Kobena.
Hell, he‚Äôs even found his Rob Long replacement ‚Äì albeit with a far less¬†impressive name for a punter than ‚ÄúLong‚Äù – Zachary Fisher.
What‚Äôs missing from that list? Defensive linemen. Syracuse looks like it will have¬†a reasonable amount of depth at every position next year, except for defensive¬†tackle.
The Orange gets juniors Chandler Jones and Mikhail Marinovich back for one¬†more year to play the ends, but Marrone has to be concerned about the interior. Bud Tribbey, Andrew Lewis, and Anthony Perkins, who constitute¬†the top three guys in the tackle rotation, will graduate after the season. Beyond¬†them, there‚Äôs not much.
Their presumed replacements for¬†next fall have made a combined eight tackles so far this season.
Regardless of how much faith you have in Torrey Ball to singlehandedly clog¬†the gaps against backs like Ray Graham and Jordan Todman in 2011, you‚Äôd¬†have to think that Syracuse needs reinforcements.
So far, the load would fall on Eric Crume, a middle-of-the-road defensive lineman recruit from Detroit. With respect to Crume, if the¬†Orange can only manage to sign him and no other DLs, that would be borderline¬†disastrous. Not only would SU be lacking talent up front, there would be a¬†shortage of bodies period.
There‚Äôs still time left for Doug Marrone to land some more linemen, though.
Reportedly, Syracuse is in serious contention for Kevin¬†McReynolds,¬†a run-stopping defensive lineman from Washington, D.C.,¬†with the strength and agility to ‚Äúsee some playing time early.‚Äù He‚Äôs rated four¬†stars by Rivals and would be a huge get.
Otherwise, SU has offers out to a bunch of other DLs, but the¬†Orange is competing with other top-tier schools. While Crume¬†had his sights set on Syracuse the entire time, SU doesn‚Äôt enjoy¬†that advantage with its remaining DL recruits.
The good thing is, maybe Syracuse isn‚Äôt fighting such an uphill battle anymore. With last weekend’s¬†upset of #20 West Virginia, a 5-2 record, and 2nd place in the¬†Big East, Doug Marrone and his staff should find it easier to sell the program.
The attitude and honesty of the SU coaching staff was already enough to¬†convince Rob Trudo to commit and peak the interest of Adonis Ameen-Moore.
Just imagine what a few more W‚Äôs could do.
Posted: Andrew Kanell