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2017 Syracuse Orange Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

2017 Syracuse Orange Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

The 2017 Syracuse Orange Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.

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Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1

Syracuse Orange Recruiting Class Overview

Now that head coach Dino Babers has shown his offense can have a whole lot of fun, he’s able to go after the guys he needs. Is Tommy DeVito the quarterback who can make it all go? He’s got the talent to eventually be the one who bombs away to the deep group of receivers coming in, while JUCO transfer Ravian Pierce is being brought in for the right now. However, most of the team’s best recruits are for the defensive side, with Allen Stritzinger a good-looking corner out of Michigan, and the main emphasis overall on the …

The Syracuse Orange Class Is Heavy On …

Defensive linemen. The Orange might have done a nice job with the receiving corps, but it’s the defensive front that received the most attention. Jonathan Kingsley is the best defensive end prospect of the bunch, but he needs a few years to beef up a bit. He’s joined by Zach Morton, another good pass rusher who just needs to add a little weight. The tackles weren’t ignored, with Chris Elmore out of Chicago a potential interior pass rusher. He might not be all that tall, but he’s quick.

The Star of the Syracuse Orange Class Is …

QB Tommy DeVito, 6-2, 190, Ramsey, NJ – He came into the mix early in the process, with the deep ball, pure passing skills who fits everything Babers wants to do with the offense – almost. He’s not huge, and he’s not a runner, but he’s got the talent to put up big-time numbers once he gets the system down. Eventually, this has to be his offense.

The Syracuse Orange Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …

Amba Etta-Tawo. Syracuse has Ervin Phillips and his 90 catches returning, and Steve Ishmael helps keep the cupboard from going bare, but considering Syracuse gets just about everyone back, losing a No. 1 target in Etta-Tawo is one of the few concerns. Bristly Estime is also gone after finishing tied for third on the team with 48 grabs, but Etta-Tawo was the difference-maker, catching 94 passes for 1,482 yards and 14 scores.