It’s no secret that addressing the running game is becoming a priority for the Syracuse football coaching staff. The Orange already have Allen Stritzinger in the fold, but they’re continuing to cast a wide net for additional help at the position. Today, the staff extended an offer to Western Kentucky commit Markenzy Pierre.

Pierre is a 6-foot, 210 pound back from Kissimee, Florida, who chose WKU over offers from East Carolina, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, and Florida International, among others. Last season, he was a first team All-State selection as a junior following a campaign in which he rushed for 1,677 yards with an average of 9.1 yards-per-carry. He scored 19 touchdowns on the ground and four through the air, hauling in 17 receptions for 325 yards.

Earlier this year, Pierre attended The Opening in Orlando, running a 4.75 time in the 40 and a 4.36 shuttle. He posted an overall rating of 98.85, the 23rd best score at the event (and 7th best among running back prospects) out of 310 participants.

While Pierre doesn’t haveĀ blazingĀ speed, he’s certainly a good, strong runner with plenty of shiftiness and agility in the open field. He’s also strong enough to break tackles and get a few extra yards after contact. He catches the ball well out of the backfield, and has solid acceleration to get the ball into the second level of the defense. Syracuse is his biggest offer to date, and Dino Babers and his staff showed last year how adept they are at flipping commitments. Expect Syracuse to get right into the mix despite Pierre’s current commitment.

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