The good news continued for the Syracuse football program tonight, and Dino Babers added another weapon to his offense with the signing of junior college tight end Ravian Pierce. Pierce picked the Orange over Mississippi State, Oregon, and LSU, among others.
This is a huge addition to the Orange offense, with the 6-foot-4 Pierce expected to come in and compete immediately for the starting job. Syracuse wasn’t able to use the tight end much this past year in a pass catching capacity due to some limitations at the position in terms of playmaking ability, but that figures to change with Pierce.
The Southwest Mississippi Community College product has two years of eligibility left, and is considered a 4-star recruit by Scout.com. He was recently ranked by Scout as the 30th best prospect in all of the JUCO ranks. He was an honorable mention NJCAA All-America pick this year, catching 50 passes for 426 yards with a pair of touchdowns in nine games played.
By the way, as a side note, follow that link and you’ll see that yesterday’s JUCO signee, Ryan Guthrie, was a first team All-America pick at linebacker.
Pierce joins Florida high school talent Aaron Hackett among incoming tight ends, though obviously Pierce will have a leg up both in terms of his physical maturity and getting in for spring ball. Pierce will most certainly see plenty of action next year, though Hackett has a chance to get on the field as well, since the tight end position is so thin – particularly with the transfer of Trey Dunkelberger from to Western Illinois.
This is a huge get for Dino Babers and his staff, as Pierce provides immediate help and should be a terrific weapon to utilize in the passing game. It could also potentially help the Orange snag one of the team’s top 2018 targets, as well. Pierce formed a strong bond with Canadian linebacker Jesse Luketa when the two took visits to Syracuse on the same weekend a few weeks ago. Luketa will likely turn into one of the top linebacker prospects in the East over the course of the next year.