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Syracuse’s 2018 recruiting class got a major boost today when the Orange landed a commitment from wide receiver Edward Hendrix, one of the top prospects in the Washington DC area and a former teammate of linebacker pledge Juan Wallace.

Hendrix picked Syracuse over offers from the likes of North Carolina, Maryland, Wisconsin, Pitt, West Virginia, and Louisville, among others. The 6-foot-4, 185 pounder claims a 40 time in the 4.4 range and has been atop the Syracuse coaching staff’s wish list at wideout throughout this recruiting cycle. For the coaches to land one of their top targets at any position, let alone a highly coveted player at a skill position in this high octane offense, is a major win.

Hendrix, as noted, is also a former teammate of Juan Wallace, who recently transferred to IMG Academy in Florida. Wallace has been considered a player who may be a flip candidate, as he’s gotten plenty of interest from other schools as one of the top linebackers in the Mid-Atlantic region, but picking up Hendrix could wind up helping solidify Wallace’s commitment.

This gives Syracuse four receivers in this year’s class, with outside receiver Anthony Queeley and Taj Harris already on board and slot receiver Cooper Lutz also in the fold. The Orange are almost certainly done at wideout, and in addition to perhaps another linebacker (perhaps Keshon Artis) and defensive back (hopefully Cam Jonas), the focus turns to the trenches and the quarterback position.

Look for Syracuse to round out this year’s class with another offensive lineman (most likely Qadir White), and then go hard after some defensive line prospects. Yesterday the Orange offered junior college prospect Isaiah Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 300 pounder with big-time potential at defensive tackle, and Bam Charlton remains a high priority at defensive end.

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