In the past 10 days, Syracuse has added two of its three 2021 football commits. Right now, the class ranks 12th in the ACC, but it’s still very early in the recruiting process. Last month, the Orange picked up its first commit when Terry Lockett decided to start the trend. Now, safety Malcolm Folk and running back Josh Hough have joined him.
Folk is a 6-foot-1, 191 pound safety from Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Besides Syracuse, Folk’s only other power-five offer was from Northwestern. But he was also being recruited by Army, Buffalo, Central Michigan and others. He plays on both sides of the ball, and has a highlight of a long touchdown catch. On defense, he seems comfortable playing in “the box”, close to the line of scrimmage. While he doesn’t actually tackle the offensive playmaker in his tape, he consistently eats up blocks and makes it easier for his teammates to make plays.
Hough is another Pennsylvania native. He’s a really big running back at 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds. That has to be very intriguing for Dino Babers and staff. Hough is simply bigger, faster and stronger than the guys trying to tackle him. In his tape guys literally jump on his back to bring him down. He plays like the biggest guy in backyard football who nobody can bring down.
He’s quick to find a hole and explode through it. Even though he has great physical traits, he has good vision and is patient enough to wait for a hole to appear. He also lines up as a receiver in his high school offense. Against the defenders he’s facing, he doesn’t really have to make a move to create any separation, but it’s still promising to see him comfortable lining up as a pass-catcher. Due to his size, he’s almost like another tight end. It’ll be very intriguing to see how Babers uses the versatile commit.