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Defensive tackle prospect and priority Syracuse University target Christian Colon won’t decide on a school until November, but the 3-star talent from North Carolina released his top five this afternoon and, as I think most of us expected, the Orange made the cut. Colon – who is a good friend and former teammate of Robert Washington – is arguably the most highly sought after interior defensive lineman in his home state.

Colon has seen his stock soar of late, particularly after a strong showing at The Opening Charlotte Regional, where he was one of the standouts on the defensive line. While he’s listed as a 3-star prospect, the 6-foot-3 beast has been mentioned as being at the high end of that scale, bordering on being considered a 4-star talent. With a strong senior campaign, it’s certainly not a stretch to think he’ll get that fourth star by the time his high school career is over.

Syracuse brought in a good defensive line haul last year, headlined by defensive tackle Steven Clark and defensive end Jake Pickard, who selected the Orange over Florida and Michigan, respectively. Adding Colon would go a long way toward giving Syracuse one of its strongest defensive lines in recent memory, at least on paper.

Right now, and I’m just speculating here, I feel that Penn State is the leader for Colon. That could obviously change in a hurry if Moe Neal commits to the Orange, as Colon has previously expressed an interest in playing for Syracuse in particular if both Washington and Neal are on board. If Neal goes elsewhere, I would expect Colon to follow suit. However, if Neal chooses the Orange I think that Syracuse jumps to the front of the line for the extremely talented defensive tackle.

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