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Syracuse Football Recruiting Class 2017

Syracuse Football Recruiting Class 2017

Commitments:23ACC Rank:11National Rank:55
Commitments
PLAYERPOSHTWTSCHOOLSTRANKNATSTATENOTES
Brandon BerryDE6-4230Highland Community CollegeKS***Top 175 (JUCO)Top 25 (JUCO)Late prospect who emerged on Syracuse's radar after a solid season at Highland Community College; also considered late offers from Minnesota and Colorado State;
Eric ColeyDB6-1185Fayetteville-ManilusNY***Top 950Top 10Son of Syracuse defensive line coach Vinson Reynolds; capable of playing either safety or cornerback
Dakota DavisOL6-5310GlenelgMD***Top 1,150Top 20Former prep teammate of Florida State lineman David Robbins; one of several late June Syracuse pledges
Patrick DavisOL6-5300Champlain Regional CollegeQuebec, Canada***Top 1,950No. 1 (Canada)Part of Syracuse's new aggressive approach to recruiting Canada; pledged to the Orange in early Orange after impressing the Syracuse coaches in a June camp appearance; one of two offensive linemen in Syracuse's class
Tommy DevitoQB6-2195Don Bosco PrepNJ***Top 350Top 10Earned prestigious invitations to Elite 11 finals and The Opening; former NFL QB Trent Dilfer compares him to Aaron Rodgers
Chris ElmoreDT6-0280Phillips AcademyIL***Top 1,350Top 50Longtime Western Michigan commitment who backed away from that pledge when Syracuse came calling in January; committed on late January official visit to Syracuse; huge addition to Orange class as the only projected defensive tackle
Nadarius FaganLB6-2200Miami SouthridgeFL***Top 675Top 100Claimed offers from the likes of Alabama and LSU; intends on enrolling at Syracuse in January
Ryan GuthrieLB6-2215Ellsworth Community CollegeIA***Top 175 (JUCO)Top 10 (JUCO)Led all Junior College defenders nationally in solo tackles, with 107, and was third in total tackles, with 139, to earn JUCO All-American honorable mention honors; initially committed to Tulane during the fall before switching to Syracuse in mid-December
Aaron HackettTE6-3225VeniceFL***Top 1,625Top 250Projected as a pass-catching tight end in Syracuse's offense; could see early playing time given Cuse's anticipated losses at TE after 2016
Curtis HarperDT6-2290McKeesportPA***Top 1,800Top 40First defensive tackle to join Syracuse's 2017 class; chose Orange over ACC Atlantic rivals Boston College and Wake Forest
Nykeim JohnsonWR5-9170Friendship AcademyDC***Top 1,000Top 10Projected as a slot receiver with the Orange; reportedly ran a 4.42 40-yard dash this spring
Sharod JohnsonWR5-11175Booker T. WashingtonFL***Top 1,150Top 175Family friend of former Orange standout Durell Eskridge; named third-team All-Dade County as a junior; claims to be solidly committed
Cameron JordanWR6-4190Half Hollow Hills WestNY***Top 1,525Top 15Produced over 850 receiving yards as a junior, earning second-team All-Long Island honors by New York Newsday
Jonathan KingsleyDE6-4220St. FrancesMD***Top 600URNative of Nigeria; transferred from Eastern Alamance HS in Mebane, NC to St. Frances in Baltimore after transcript/eligibility issue. Initially projected as 2019 recruit, "reclassified" to 2017 class
Ifeatu MelifonwuDB6-3185Grafton Memorial SeniorMA***Top 1,575Top 5His older brother, Obi Melifonwu, currently plays at UConn; one of three SU pledges over Fourth of July weekend
Zach MortonDE6-4225Cass TechnicalMI***Top 725Top 15Former prep teammate of Syracuse incoming freshman Tim Walton; has played mostly LB in high school, but projected as a DE in college
Ravian PierceTE6-4225Southwest Mississippi Community CollegeMS***Top 25 (JUCO)Top 10 (JUCO)Initially committed to Mississippi State but back away from that pledge in November; took official visits to Mississippi State and LSU before signing with Syracuse; second projected TE in this class for the Orange
Markenzy PierreRB5-11200St. Thomas AquinasFL***Top 1,700Top 275Committed in July to Western Kentucky, but decommitted from Hilltoppers and recommitted to Syracuse two days after receiving a scholarship offer from the Orange in late October
Tyrell RichardsLB6-3220Central PeelOntario***Top 1,775No. 2 (Ontario)Comes to Syracuse from Ontario, Canada; plans to major in Syracuse’s storied Communications program
Allen StritzingerRB6-0185De La Salle CollegiateMI***Top 750Top 20While most schools recruited him as a defensive back, Syracuse won out by recruiting Stritzinger as a running back; friends with fellow Cuse pledge Eric Coley
Russell Thompson-BishopWR6-2200BloomfieldCT***Top 1,850Top 10Became the fifth projected wide receiver to join Syracuse’s class; also excels in basketball and track and field at Bloomfield High School
Kadeem TrotterDB/LB6-3195McKinleyOH***Top 1,200Top 50Capable of playing outside linebacker or strong safety for the Orange; looking for a healthy senior season after missing much of sophomore and junior seasons with injuries
Mykelti WilliamsDB6-0180Iowa WesternIA***Top 80 (JUCO)Top 5 (JUCO)Signed with Notre Dame out of Warren Central High School in Indianapolis; elected to transfer from South Bend, and signed with Syracuse after spending a season at Iowa Western Community College; will have three years of eligibility with Orange starting in 2017

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