Wow, it is a busy time for Syracuse sports. SU fans have been busy watching their basketball team make a Sweet 16 run and then get dismantled with players entering the transfer portal or testing the NBA waters. With all of that going on, you may have missed this– Syracuse Football has racked up four commits in the class of 2022 already.
LeQuint Allen – RB
Location: Millville, NJ
Weight: 180 lbs.
Roster Outlook: LeQuint Allen is going to have to battle for snaps early in his SU career. The running back room is pretty full with Sean Tucker, Cooper Lutz, and Josh Hough. All of which are young guys that will most likely hold onto their top spots of the depth chart.
Belizaire Bassette – DT
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Weight: 270 lbs.
Roster Outlook: Belizaire Bassette actually has a pretty good chance at making an impact on the defensive line. By the time he gets to CNY, the Orange won’t have d-line vets like McKinley Williams, Kingsley Jonathan, and Josh Black. Then one can assume Caleb Okechukwu and Drew Tuazama will be the big names to know. Maybe incoming freshmen Terry Lockett, Elijah Fuentes, or Jaelin Moss will fill a starting spot too. But, overall, the defensive line has a lot of gaps and opportunities for younger players in the coming years.
Cornell Perry – DB
Location: Flat Rock, MI
Weight: 175 lbs.
Roster Outlook: Cornell Perry is listed as an athlete, but will most likely play defensive back in college. Lucky for the Michigan-native, a good amount of DB’s are leaving SU this year. The Orange still have plenty of talent at the position that Perry will have to battle with like Garrett Williams, Ja’Had Carter, Aman Greenwood, and Duce Chestnut. However, if we know one thing about Syracuse defensively, it’s that SU loves to use young defensive backs and is great at maximizing their potential.
Malachi Davis – SDE
Location: Holt, MI
Weight: 245 lbs.
Roster Outlook: Malachi Davis is in a similar position as Bassette– there are openings on the defensive line in the coming years. One tough thing for Davis, however, is Jatius Geer, who is a recruit in the class of 2021. Geer has a slightly better rating than Davis and has some impressive tape. If Davis can earn a spot in the rotation, he should be set, but at some point there is going to be a log-jam on the defensive line due to all of the younger guys and incoming commits.
This isn’t a horrible start of the class of 2022 for Syracuse, but a lot of work is still needed. Good thing for the Orange? There is still plenty of time.