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The Syracuse University football staff made defensive end Jamal Holloway a priority early on, and today the 6-foot-4, 215 pound athlete rewarded Scott Shafer and his crew with a commitment. Holloway is the second Camden, New Jersey commit in the class of 2016, alongside teammate Dymelle Parker. The weakside pass rusher chose the Orange over Pittsburgh, Temple, and Old Dominion, and also had offers from the likes of Michigan State, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Holloway adds terrific athleticism to the Orange, though he’ll need to pack on some weight in order to play on the defensive line at the next level. The long, rangy edge rusher is a basketball player still making the transition, and has actually scored more than 1,200 points so far in his high school hoops career. Holloway is an explosive athlete and will no doubt improve on his 4.98 time in the 40 now that he’s dedicating himself to getting into football shape moving forward.

Last season, Holloway made 45 tackles with 6.0 sacks and added one defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery, which he scooped up and scored from 43 years away. In his junior year, 33 of his tackles were solo stops, and in his two seasons playing football he’s recorded a total of 99 tackles and 13.0 sacks, according to MaxPreps.com.

At this point, Holloway will likely be the only defensive end in the class of 2016 and could wind up being the only defensive lineman in general. Syracuse will still work on flipping defensive tackles Bo Peek and Christian Colon, but at this point the staff doesn’t seem to have any additional prospects on the d-line. Obviously that could change, considering last season Steven Clark was a prospect the staff found late and then had to hold onto as Florida came calling. There’s no reason that Syracuse couldn’t find another talent currently sailing under the radar in similar fashion.

Holloway is a terrific get for the Orange and could be the second of three priority targets to select Syracuse this week, with hybrid Moe Neal set to make his decision on Saturday. This is the second commitment in two days for the Orange, after the addition of cornerback Monquavion Brinson last night.

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