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If you don’t really follow football recruiting, you may not have realized that up until yesterday, we were in a dead period. The dead period – in which no in person contact is permitted – ran from December 12 up until the stroke of midnight last night. So now that we’re out of the dead period: what’s next?

Well, now we’re back into the “contact period”… which is basically exactly what it sounds like. Coaches can get out on the road and visit recruits, so expect to hear about some in-home visits from Syracuse coaches in the next few days. Many of Syracuse’s top targetsĀ andĀ committed players will be getting visits, and coming up shortly, we’ll start to see some of those same players taking their official visits to Syracuse.

CuseNation.com has a list of upcoming visits, with both the January 20 and January 27 weekends looming as huge recruiting weekends. That’s when you’ll see committed guys like BJ Daniels, Markenzy Pierre, Tommy DeVito, and Josh Palmer (among others) take their trips to campus, hopefully sealing the deal once and for all, as well as some of Syracuse’s remaining targets like defensive tackle Chris Elmore and junior college defensive end Brandon Berry.

The Orange currently have 22 players committed, including junior college products Ravian Pierce and Ryan Guthrie. Canadian offensive lineman Patrick Davis and Florida linebacker Nadarius Fagan are enrolling early and have each signed their paperwork, so we can consider those four all locked in. Notre Dame transfer Devin Butler doesn’t count toward this class, but he’s also going to be on campus shortly.

So with that in mind, let’s take a quick look at who else Syracuse has committed for the class of 2017, by position (keeping in mind, some positions may change once the pads go on, and also keeping in mind that I’m not including the four January enrollees in this list since I’ve already mentioned them above):

QB (1): Tommy DeVito
RB (3): Markenzy Pierre, BJ Daniels, Allen Stritzinger
WR (5): Josh Palmer, Cam Jordan, Russell Thompson-Bishop, Nykeim Johnson, Sharod Johnson
TE (1): Aaron Hackett
OL (1): Dakota Davis
DL (3): Jonathan Kingsley, Zach Morton, Curtis Harper
LB (2): Kadeem Trotter, Tyrell Richards
DB (1): Ifeatu Melifonwu
ATH (1): Eric Coley

It’s no secret that moving forward, Syracuse would like to bring in another offensive lineman and, potentially, another tight end (though the need for an additional tight end is at least partly negated by the addition of Holy Cross transfer and new walk-on Jesse Conners, since Ravian Pierce and Aaron Hackett are already in the fold).

Expect Eric Coley to wind up at defensive back, meaning that it’s unlikely the Orange bring in another high school recruit for the secondary. Brandon Berry remains the top remaining priority at defensive end, and the Orange are almost certainly done at linebacker, as well, after the addition of Ryan Guthrie. Which, yes, means that the ship has seemingly sailed on Marquise Blair, so it’s likely best to let go of that pipe dream once and for all.

Syracuse also has an offer out to Georgia Tech commit Joseph Bulovas, one of the top kickers in the nation, and offensive linemen Alex Palczewski and Joshua Fedd-Jackson are priorities for the Orange. Syracuse is in the top three for both of those linemen. Illinois is also in the top three for both, while Palczewski also lists Vanderbilt and Fedd-Jackson has NC State rounding out his final three, per Scout.

The contact period continues until January 29, at which point there’s a one day “quiet period,” followed by a dead period from January 30 through February 2. National signing day is February 1, which means we are firmly in the home stretch.

Time to see how the Orange coaching staff rounds out the class of 2017.

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