The Syracuse University coaching staff certainly isn’t wasting its bye week, as members of the coaching staff are hitting the recruiting trail hard, trying to make inroads in the classes of 2017 and 2018 as well as shore up some talent in the 2016 class. Today, the Orange extended numerous offers, primarily down in Florida.

The headliner is probably Tyler Dunning, a 6-foot-1, 225 pound linebacker from St. Thomas Aquinas, the school that most recently gave the Orange Sam Clausman and Colin Byrne. Dunning is rated among the top 300 players in the class of 2017 by ESPN, and is currently pledged to Miami.

Another St. Thomas Aquinas player received an offer from the Orange: offensive lineman Zack Sweeney. Syracuse is the first offer for Sweeney, a 6-foot-3, 260 pound prospect who is also in the class of 2017. Considering Syracuse’s recent success with offensive lineman from STA, it’s no surprise they’d go back to the well and keep that pipeline alive and well.

One more 2017 prospect from Florida received an offer, as Chris Whittaker, a 6-foot-4, 235 pound defensive end from Chaminade-Madonna Prep, got the good news from the Orange. He’s also got an offer from Bowling Green so far.

Two more Florida recruits also got offers, albeit in the class of 2018. Both play alongside Whittaker at Chaminade-Madonna. The first is 5-foot-7 athlete Shaun Shivers, a speedy player who would probably wind up as a return specialist and running back (though that can obviously change) for the Orange, and who holds offers from West Virginia, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, and Florida A&M. The final Florida prospect to receive an offer today (so far) is Davoan Hawkins, a defensive end who measures in at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds. In case you couldn’t tell, that’s pretty outstanding size for a sophomore in high school.

The Orange also extended an offer to linebacker prospect KJ Britt, a 2017 prospect from Oxford, Alabama. The 6-foot-1, 215 pounder only has one other offer, from Jacksonville State, but the word is Auburn is taking a hard look and is likely to extend an offer soon. It’s certainly good for the Orange to get in the door early with the physical, athletic linebacker.

More offers could be coming soon as the coaching staff continues to utilize the bye week and build on the buzz surrounding the program after getting huge TV ratings for a competitive game against LSU.

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