Earlier this week the Syracuse football program added a potential steal with junior college defensive back Michael Moore, giving Dino Babers immediate help this fall in the secondary, and the Orange are still trying to build the future of the defensive backfield in 2017 and beyond.

The big name on the radar right now is Brian Edwards, a 6-foot-2 DB from Miramar, Florida, who reports could be closing in on a decision in the very near future. Right now Syracuse is high on the list of the talented, lanky athlete who is being looked at as a corner but could also play safety if needed.

The 3-star talent has a long, impressive offer sheet that includes USC, Clemson, Kentucky, Miami, North Carolina, and Louisville, and would be a big-time get for Syracuse.

Moore, meanwhile, picked Syracuse on Tuesday and will be joining the program over the summer. He’s a 6-foot-2, 180 pound defensive back with a lot of talent and athleticism, and heads to Syracuse out of Palomar College in California. He’ll have three years of eligibility and should compete for immediate playing time, given that he’s already one of the longer athletes in the secondary, and length at the corner position is big for the Tampa 2 defense.

Syracuse is obviously still recruiting plenty more defensive back prospects, including Damani Neal out of Maryland, and Latavious Brini and Naytron Culpepper out of Florida among others. Moore makes a strong late addition to the 2016 recruiting class, and is the second late addition in the past week after defensive end Gabe Sherrod. Edwards, meanwhile, would be an outstanding addition to the class of 2017, and would become the third member of that class for Syracuse, along with Daewood Davis and Isaiah McDuffie, were he to choose the Orange.

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