Yesterday, I put together a rundown of how the rest of the recruiting cycle could play out for the Syracuse University football team. Today, some new names could be emerging and added to the list of potential targets for Dino Babers and his staff as they make this final spring toward National Signing Day.
Two of the names come from the same California high school, Narbonne, and both are currently committed to Arizona: Sean Riley, and DeVaughn Cooper. Riley is a 5-foot-9 all purpose back who is rated as a 3-star recruit, while Cooper is a 5-foot-11 wide receiver who also has a 3-star rating. Both have recently been followed on Twitter by members of the Syracuse coaching staff, and have reciprocated by following Sean Lewis, Mike Lynch, and Kim McCloud.
Sticking in California, another name to keep an eye on is Keanu Saleapaga, a 6-foot-5, 270 pound defensive end who decommitted from USC yesterday. Like Riley and Cooper, Saleapaga’s recent Twitter follow activity suggests he’s on Syracuse’s radar. Heading across the country to Florida, one more name to monitor is Jawon Hamilton, who like Saleapaga decommitted yesterday, with Hamilton backing off of his pledge to Miami. Hamilton is a 5-foot-9 running back who is rated by 247Sports as a 3-star prospect and boasts a strong offer sheet.
The common thread here, of course, is Twitter, and the fact that all of these players represent positions the new Syracuse coaching staff is clearly targeting. Riley and Cooper are both still firmly committed to Arizona and appear to be a package deal, not unlike the current package deal Syracuse is looking to flip in Anthony Julmisse and Johnny Huntley, the teammates from Florida committed to Colorado.
Saleapaga is an intriguing prospect, as he’s got great size at a position of serious need, while Hamilton, like Riley, is a dynamic athlete whose size (both players are around 170 pounds) suggests they could be viewed as potential slot players.
There’s obviously no guarantee that any of these players will ever find their way to Syracuse or even seriously consider joining the Orange, but for now as the home stretch in recruiting approaches, it’s worth keeping an eye on all four talented prospects over the coming days and weeks.