Obviously, most of the excitement in the 2017 recruiting cycle has been centered on Elite 11 quarterback Tommy DeVito and a plethora of speedy receiver commits. When you’re putting together an offense as exciting as the one Dino Babers has become famous for, you need as many skilled pieces as possible to make it fly, after all. But an offense is only as good as its offensive line.
Syracuse has taken a large number of offensive linemen over the past two recruiting cycles, so this year’s crop will likely wind up being pretty small. Two years ago, the Orange brought in Evan Adams, Sam Clausman, Colin Byrne, Andrejas Duerig, and Cody Conway. Last year, Syracuse brought Airon Servais, Liam O’Sullivan, Sam Heckel, and Michael Clark into the fold.
With nine linemen brought into the program over the last two years, depth certainly isn’t an issue. Now, obviously the 2015 class was recruited for a different offense but the buzz I’ve been hearing is that the new coaching staff is overall pretty happy with that group, which would indicate they’ll transition to the Babers offense well.
That in mind, how many offensive linemen will Syracuse take in this year’s class? One lineman is already on board in the 6-foot-5, 310 pound Dakota Davis, but chances are Syracuse will wind up taking 2-3 more in the class of 2017, with three more being likely.
The Orange are in on some good targets, as well. Right now, let’s take a look at four names on the board who are all highly regarded, and who Syracuse has a very real chance of landing.
The 6-foot-3, 275 pounder from Illinois recently played on Team USA (alongside wide receiver target Eddie Lewis), and is high on Syracuse. At this point, Minnesota may be the top competition to land Green, though it should be noted the Gophers are recruiting Green to play defensive tackle. Syracuse, meanwhile, wants him as an interior lineman.
The 6-foot-6, 275 pounder from Virginia has Syracuse among his finalists, and is rated by Scout as the second best offensive tackle in his home state. The schools currently under consideration by Hunt are Syracuse, Maryland, NC State, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. At this point, it feels like Virginia Tech may be the team to beat here, though the Orange are definitely under strong consideration.
The 6-foot-2, 300 pounder from Maryland is rated by Scout as the top center prospect in the East region, and as one of the best centers in the class of 2017 overall. This is going to be a tough one for Syracuse to win, though Jordan is certainly taking the Orange very seriously. Maryland is probably the team to beat at the moment, and Jordan also has offers from the likes of North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Kentucky, Pitt, and Boston College, among others.
The 6-foot-4, 270 pounder from Ohio is actually currently committed to Miami (OH), but is still strongly considering the Orange. He’s definitely a candidate to flip, and visited Syracuse not too long ago. The Syracuse coaching staff is very high on Glaser, who also has offers from Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Army, Air Force, Navy, and Toledo. The Orange are currently Glaser’s only Power 5 offer, which certainly has to make them attractive to the talented offensive guard.
Obviously, other names could emerge and become real targets for Syracuse, but right now, these are among the names at the top of the list for Syracuse on the offensive line. The Orange would happily take 2-3 pledges out of this group and call it a day.