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Shoring Up the Syracuse: Recruiting for the Defensive Line Becomes Priority

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With Zeek Rodney heading to Wake Forest, the pressure is on for Syracuse to bolster its defensive line in the 2014 class. Chris Slayton is the only DL commit for the Orange right now. In the final weekend of official visits, can SU snag other recruits at the last minute?

Kayton Samuels could be one of those guys. Samuels decommitted from Georgia State last week and has stated that SU and Ball State are now his top two schools. He will visit the Hill for the Duke game with 12 other recruits. At 6’1” and over 300 lbs., Samuels could be a solid addition at a time when SU needs commitments.

A commitment from the 2-star recruit would stop the bleeding from the recent pessimistic recruiting news from this past weekend. Not only is Rodney on his way to Winston-Salem, but Mikale Wilbon pledged to Nebraska and Adly Enoicy gave a verbal to FIU, though Enoicy may still be visiting this weekend despite the late pledge.

Another name that surfaced this week is Darrius Sapp. The Georgia product has great size at 320 pounds and is planning to visit this weekend. Sapp also has offers from Louisville and Cincinnati. He played at a very competitive high school in Valdosta. The 3-star recruit is a late name to the list, but Shafer and company need some big bodies to join Chris Slayton on the defensive line.

The common theme from both potential recruits is where they are from. When Syracuse moved to the ACC, it opened up a hotbed of recruiting in southern states. Syracuse has been recruiting the state of Georgia more and more since the conference move. There are currently five players from the Peach State on the SU roster. It is important to look out for potential pipelines, especially in areas with tremendous football talent.

As National Signing Day approaches, Syracuse looks to especially improve its offensive and defensive lines. Can the Orange get the help it needs to have a successful 2014 class?

Let the countdown begin.

Posted by: Zephan Mayell 

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