So far it’s been a quiet July for Syracuse football recruiting. New Jersey linebacker Dymelle Parker committed to SU in late June and since then there has not been too much recruiting news coming from the Hill.
The Orange already has eleven players in its 2016 class. The program has room for about six more before February’s National Signing Day.
Three players have been heavily linked to Syracuse lately: North Carolina running back Moe Neal, New Jersey defensive end Jamal Holloway and Florida safety Cycoby Burch.
Neal named Syracuse as one of his top five schools in May. He announced on Twitter that he plans to take a second visit to the Hill July 16th.
Syracuse is recruiting Neal for the hybrid running back/receiver position that Tim Lester’s offense uses. Former 2016 SU target Tre Bryant committed to Kansas State over SU because he also was being recruited as a hybrid but wanted to be a feature back. This most likely won’t be an issue with Neal because he is a lot smaller than Bryant (160 lbs to 200 lbs) and the feature back in the 2016 class, Robert Washington is one of Neal’s friends.
Like Neal, Holloway also plans to visit Syracuse for a second time in July. He has a connection to the Orange as well; he is high school teammates with Dymelle Parker. Defensive line is an area of need for Syracuse in the 2016 class. The only other lineman in the class is 2015 holdover Brandon Ginnetti (who tweeted yesterday that his foot is completely healed and he’ll join the Orange in January.) SU will face stiff competition from Virginia, North Carolina and Rutgers for Holloway’s signature.
Finally, the Daily Orange reported Friday that Florida safety Cycoby Burch is planning to visit Syracuse after decomitting from Wisconsin earlier this summer. Burch’s other Power 5 offers are from North Carolina and West Virginia.
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Posted: Connor Morrissette