When Pennsylvania defensive tackle Curtis Harper committed to Syracuse last week, the Orange’s defensive line instantly improved. Harper ranks as a two star tackle, per Scout, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.
The Pennsylvania native chose Syracuse over Maryland, Wake Forest, Iowa State and BC. Harper is a hot commodity in the 2017 class and his decision to join SU over other power-five programs is a definite win for the school.
Defensive coordinator Brian Ward was so happy with the addition he sent out this tweet.
PA is in tha' Loud House! 🍊🍊🍊✈️ Add a difference maker to the Orange D'! #'CuseFamily #DomeDudes'17
— Brian Ward (@BWardDCoord) August 1, 2016
On the offensive side of the ball, Canadian guard Patrick Davis committed to Syracuse Saturday. While Davis doesn’t have a dynamic offer sheet like Harper (Buffalo and North Dakota were the only teams to offer the Canadian), there is one major bright spot.
Davis is a big boy. He already weighs 290 pounds and stands at six foot-five inches.
That’s exactly how the SU staff likes their linemen. All six of the offensive linemen Dino Babers has recruited to SU are 6’4 or taller.
The Canadian Connection
Arizona, Oklahoma and Stanford have all added difference makers from north of the border over the past two seasons. This cycle, Syracuse is making plays there as well.
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Posted: Connor Morrissette