The Syracuse University football staff is looking to add at least one running back in the class of 2016, and the latest name to emerge as a strong possibility is 6-foot-1, 220 pound bruiser Jo-El Shaw. Shaw got an in home visit from the Orange staff Monday, and’s Mike McAllister reported that he’ll be taking his official visit to upstate New York this weekend.

Shaw is a 3-star talent from Pennsylvania power Woodland Hills High, the same school that produced the likes of Rob Gronkowski and Jason Taylor. Woodland Hills is perhaps the best program, traditionally, in Pittsburgh and one of the top football programs in the Keystone State. Getting a foot in the door there with Shaw would be big for the Orange.

I just talked a bit about Shaw the other day, and he’d being the type of style that Syracuse is currently lacking on its roster. Shaw has enough speed (4.59) to break out a big gain here and there, but where he’d be most effective is serving as the thunder to a player like, for instance, Erv Philips or Moe Neal’s lightning. He’d also complement starting tailback Jordan Fredericks well, and be a great asset in short yardage situations.

Shaw had a big season last year alongside Miles Sanders, the top rated running back in the country and prize recruit in Penn State’s class, scoring more than 20 touchdowns. Right now, Shaw lists his top three as Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Western Michigan (where he was, until recently, committed). He’s also getting from a few other schools, such as Kansas and Tennessee, per’s Stephen Bailey.

Syracuse is looking to lock up a running back soon, and Shaw seems to have climbed the staff’s board to be right alongside Sam Brodner and Dee Eskridge. Brodner is more than likely headed to Wisconsin, while Eskridge is looking less and less likely to flip from WMU. If the Orange can grab Shaw, it’d be a great pickup, especially this late in the cycle.

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