It is the time of year when football recruiting is in full swing and finally, finally it seems that the Orange are in joining in on the party after the verbal commitment of QB Rex Culpepper. Among the recruits who the Orange are going after is Cornerback Martin Mangram, who took his unofficial visit to the Hill on Monday.
While he was far from the only recruit to make the trip to Central New York this week, the aftermath of his visit is a positive sign for the Orange. The 5-11, 180 pound DB from Buford High School in Georgia is rated three stars and very good things to say about his visit.
He told Syracuse.com:
I was very impressed. They’ve definitely made an impression. They stand pretty good with me.
Obviously, that’s far from a verbal commitment, but it is a step in the right direction. The Orange can use all the help they can get in the Defensive backfield. As of now, they do not have any DBs in the class of 2016 and that is, needless to say, a big problem.
The Orange will most likely continue to rely on their defense as their offense is overhauled and reshaped under Tim Lester. If the Orange don’t pick up recruits in the defensive backfield, that could spell big trouble.
According to 247 Sports, Martin Mangram has offers from Wake Forest, Iowa, Iowa State, Northwestern, Illinois and Colorado State. The good news on that front is that none of those schools jump out at you as a much superior program.
This means the visit, and the way the Orange recruit Mangram, all the more important. Mangram said that he is still looking and has not set a date for his verbal commitment.
If Martin Mangram’s comments after his visit to Syracuse are any indication, Orange fans should keep an eye on the DB as he could be a member of the Syracuse recruiting class of 2016.
Posted: Logan Grossman