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Complete Guide to SU Football’s 2019 Class

Syracuse added four signees on National Signing Day, rounding off the class at 21 players. For details on the new commits, check out this piece. Time to break down the 2019 class in full.

By Position:

Defense: 13

  • Six DLs
  • ¬†Four DBs
  • Three LBs

Offense: 8

  • Three OLs
  • Two RBs
  • One QB
  • One TE
  • One WR

SU did a nice job filling needs. The biggest concern was at the linebacker position after graduating starting linebackers Kielan Whitner and Ryan Guthrie. Although Syracuse only landed three linebackers, it’s by far their strongest position quality-wise. SU’s highest rated recruit Mikel Jones is a linebacker and so is four-star Lee Kpogba.

On the offensive side, Syracuse had one glaring issue after the early signing period. The class of ’19 had no quarterback. Chance Amie’s transfer made it even more alarming. One of the big victories on Wednesday was signing Connecticut QB David Summers, who verbally committed last week. A team should never welcome in a class without a gunslinger, so landing Summers capped off a positionally sound recruiting season for SU.

By Stars:

Easiest to do this with a graph.


Five-star Four-star Three-star Two-star
ESPN 0 1 20 0
247Sports 0 0 20 0
Rivals 0 2 12 6


This class is pretty similar to last year’s class, with predominantly three-stars to go along with one or two four stars. By’s account SU is down one spot nationally in the class rankings compared to last season. The Orange dropped to 51st. It’s a negligible difference that shows head coach Dino Babers is yet to turn Syracuse into the recruiting power he hopes it will be soon. On a more positive note, it shows the consistency necessary to make a leap in the future.


By State:

  • Florida: 5
  • North Carolina: 3
  • Canada: 2
  • Connecticut: 2
  • New Jersey:2
  • Pennsylvania: 2
  • District of Columbia: 1
  • Georgia: 1
  • New York: 1
  • South Carolina: 1
  • Texas: 1

The program continues its love affair with the state of Florida. Who can blame them? Meanwhile, New York continues to lack in top tier talent committed to the Orange.

By Player:

The entire class in alphabetical order: click the hyperlinks for more!

Luke Benson TE 6-3 210 Doylestown, Pa. (Central Bucks West)

Matthew Bergeron OL 6-5 295 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (Cégep de Thetford)

Geoff Cantin LB 6-3 210 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (Cégep Garneau)

Adrian Cole  DB 5-10 170 Plantation, Fla. (Plantation)

Cooper Dawson DL 6-5 245 Hanahan, S.C. (Hanahan)

Ishmael Goulbourne DL 6-3 205 Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (Dwyer)

Aman Greenwood DB 5-10 180 Washington, D.C. (St. John’s College HS)

Courtney Jackson WR 5-10 165 Monroeville, Pa. (Gateway)

Garrison Johnson RB 5-11 210 Manvel, Texas (Manvel)

Mikel Jones LB 6-0 215 Miami, Fla. (IMG Academy)

Jawhar Jordan RB 5-9 165 Long Island, N.Y. (Hamilton (Ariz.))

Lee Kpogba LB 6-1 215 Winston-Salem, N.C. (Parkland)

Steve Linton DL 6-5 215 Dublin, Ga. (Dublin)

Jason Muñoz DL 6-4 276 Hollywood, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Cornelius Nunn DB 5-11 170 Miami, Fla. (Miami Palmetto)

Anthony Red OL 6-5 285 Bloomfield, Conn. (St. Thomas More)

Joe Rondi DL 6-3 265 Wayne, N.J. (Wayne Hills)

David Summers QB 6-3 205 Fairfield, Conn. (St. Joseph)

Darius Tisdale OL 6-4 275 South Brunswick, N.J. (South Brunswick/Lackawanna CC)

Drew Tuazama DL 6-5 215 Knightdale, N.C. (Jireh Prep)

Garrett Williams DB 5-11 175 Harrisburg, N.C. (Hickory Ridge)


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