ESPN.com has released its latest iteration of its football recruiting Top 300 for the class of 2016, and a few names should stick out to Syracuse University fans. The Orange aren’t heavily involved with many players in the Top 300, but there are at least three names that the staff has been connected to in recent weeks.
The most familiar name to Orange fans is Robert Washington, the 4-star running back many of the Syracuse faithful will restore the number 44 and help turn the program back into a consistent winner. Washington, who is slowly announcing his top six and just this past weekend added Alabama to a list of finalists that includes Syracuse, North Carolina, and TCU, comes in at number 123 on ESPN’s junior rankings.
Another high priority for the Orange is Koby Quansah, a linebacker from Connecticut with a 3-star rating who finds himself ranked number 288 in the Top 300. Quansah has recently added offers from Vanderbilt and Wisconsin, to go along with previous offers from Syracuse, UConn, BC, Duke, Northwestern, Maryland, Michigan, Pitt, Rutgers, and Yale. Quansah is one of the top defensive prospects on the board for Syracuse.
While Washington and Quansah are both prospects that Syracuse is clearly pursuing hard in this recruiting cycle, two other members of the Top 300 have scholarship offers, but have different levels of mutual interest at the moment. Binjimen Victor is a guy we’ve talked about before at the wide receiver spot, and is ranked number 286 in the Top 300. At this point, it’s hard to say how interested he is in Syracuse, and vice versa. At this point, it seems pretty unlikely that Victor will be a legitimate option for the Orange.
One final name is Jordan Fuller, an athlete from New Jersey who holds an offer from Syracuse but, at this point, is not really an option. Fuller is ranked number 187 in the Top 300, but hasn’t mentioned the Orange as a possible destination.
Another interesting note is that one more player that the Orange are definitely still interested in, Moe Neal, dropped out of the Top 300. Neal had previously been rated on the list, but the 3-star running back from North Carolina – who could wind up being a package with Washington – no longer finds himself listed in ESPN.com’s rankings.