Christmas has come four days early for college football recruiting fanatics. Early signing day is upon us, and you can rest assured SU has already been busy. To help kickstart The Fizz’s coverage today, let’s take a look at the current state of things on the offensive side of the ball.
RB IKE DANIELS
Boy is Daniels’ commitment timely with a certain Syracuse running back declaring for the NFL Draft a few days ago. The Virginia native has an opportunity to emerge as LeQuint Allen’s primary backup to start next season, and his resume speaks for itself. SU had to beat the likes of Penn State, Michigan State, South Carolina, and Pittsburgh to secure Daniels’ services. That says quite a lot, doesn’t it? But he may not be the only new running back headed for the Salt City.
RB(?) MUWAFFAQ PARKMAN
The question mark sits beside Parkman’s position because he played both running back and safety in high school, and there is currently no clarity on which he will play in the 315. Regardless, the versatility the 3-star from New Jersey has from playing both positions will be invaluable and provide depth at the running back position, especially with Sean Tucker departing.
OT JAYDEN BASS
Similarly to Daniels and Parkman with running backs and Tucker, the importance of offensive tackles only increased as a result of Matthew Bergeron declaring for the NFL Draft. Bass had over 20 offers, including one from Arizona State, but wound up picking the Orange. The Springfield, MA native had a strong performance at a Syracuse camp, which sparked interest in the first place. But he’ll have competition at his position within his own class.
OT LYSANDER MOEOLO
Moeolo’s case is an interesting one. The Washington native spent his 2022 season at Navarro College, a JUCO in Corsicana, Texas about an hour self of the DFW metro. It’s interesting in that Moeolo already has a year of competition that isn’t high school under his belt. It’s not necessarily the highest competition, but it adds a unique background to this team that could help out down the line.
TE DAVID CLEMENT
Oronde Gadsden rewrote the offensive playbook thanks to his receiving from the tight end position this year. Now, those are tough expectations for Clement to live up to, and some external factors are not in his favor. The 3-star missed his senior season at Christian Brothers Academy in Albany due to a knee injury. That certainly raises eyebrows. But he does have a strong relationship with Dino Babers, the only question is whether or not that will translate onto the field of play.
WR BRYCE COHOON
Syracuse was the only Power Five school outside of Cohoon’s home state of Kansas to extend an offer to him. One man’s trash is another’s treasure. Syracuse is getting a versatile receiver that was just awarded the Wichita Large School Postseason Player of the Year. He’s also super fast. Cohoon posted a 10.57-second 100-meter dash during track season, which brought him a state championship. You can never have enough speed or options at the receiving position.
QB LANORRIS SELLERS
There’s a reason why the most highly-touted of SU’s recruits so far is the last one we’re talking about. The threat of Sellers flipping his commitment looms larger than ever, with Georgia Tech offering him a few days ago and South Carolina pushing hard for him over the last few months. With Garrett Shrader likely done after next season (at the latest) and Carlos Del Rio-Wilson looking less than impressive, Sellers staying true to his commitment feels imperative.
So this is where things stand so far. Based on this, you would hope that SU brass has a backup plan in case Sellers flips his commitment. Some interior linemen would be nice too. And you can never ever have enough skill-position players (particularly receivers).