The Syracuse University football staff continued its recruiting hot streak, picking up a verbal commitment from linebacker Dymelle Parker on Monday night. The pledge from the 3-star talent from Camden, New Jersey gives Syracuse 11 commitments in the class of 2016, and its second verbal of the day (along with 2017 commit Daewood Davis). Parker was the highest rated outside linebacker left on the board for Syracuse, so this is a big pickup for the Orange.

The 6-foo-2, 210 pound weak side linebacker chose the Orange over offers from Indiana, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Temple, among others. He was also receiving heavy interest from Michigan State in recent weeks.

Parker is the second New Jersey commitment of the 2016 recruiting class, joining wide receiver Sadiq Palmer, and either the second or third linebacker, depending on how you look at Will Harper. Taylor Riggins is the only other pure linebacker, while Harper could wind up playing safety for the Orange. Parker has visited Syracuse several times, most recently on June 20, and it was thought that his commitment was only a matter of time.

Knowing how highly rated he was by the staff, this is a terrific addition to the current recruiting class, which is sailing beyond last year’s pace. This time last year the Orange had filled 14 of 28 eventual spots, while Parker gives the Orange 11 commits out of around 18-20 probable spots in this year’s class.

Picking up Parker could also provide in roads for defensive end prospect Jamal Holloway, who plays alongside the talented outside linebacker at Camden. Holloway, a 3-star defensive end prospect, is one of the top defensive linemen on the board for Scott Shafer and his staff. Syracuse could possibly receive one more linebacker commitment in Colby Reeder, but if Reeder chooses to play elsewhere the Orange more than likely will not pursue another prospect at the position.

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