Fresh off a weekend commitment from Rashard Perry, a 3-star, 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive lineman from Buffalo, recruiting momentum appears to be on Syracuse’s side.
The Class of 2023 got off to a roaring start with the commitment of quarterback LaNorris Sellers. Once Robert Anae and Jason Beck were hired, Sellers flipping to Syracuse from Virginia seemed inevitable.
Another critical hire for Dino Babers and Syracuse was Khalil Ahmad, the new Director High School Relations.
Ahmad was hired away from Rutgers. He served as the Player Development Assistant while on Greg Schiano’s staff so jumping to Syracuse was a no-brainer given the upgrade in title and responsibility. Though I’m sure some Rutgers fans will tell you that Ahmad simply “wasn’t a take.” But I digress.
Prior to joining Rutgers, Ahmad was an offensive/recruiting coordinator at Paterson Eastside High School in New Jersey according to Mike McAllister of SI.
Amhad should serve to be a crucial player helping Syracuse land more New Jersey recruits. New Jersey has long been a football hotbed in the Northeast. ACC contemporaries such as Boston College and Pittsburgh regularly mine the Garden State for talented players. And the Big Ten regularly takes the top talent as schools like Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, and Michigan State choose from the cream of the crop.
Ahmad is already having an effect based on the New Jersey recruits Syracuse has offered and the ones who have recently visited the campus.
Muller is a Class of 2024 offensive lineman who plays at the Hun School in Princeton, NJ. He discussed his recent visit with Mike McAllister and sounds very excited about the Orange.
Richardson had quite the trip to Syracuse last week. Not only did he see the campus and meet some of the coaches, but he was also offered. Richardson plays safety for St. Peter’s Prep. He also has offers from BC, Maryland, and Penn State.
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Dorilas, a Class of 2025 cornerback, recently received his first Division 1 offer from the Orange. He is from Union, NJ.
Another Class of 2025 recruit, Matthews already has offers from Boston College and Rutgers. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle from Tom River, NJ also visited Syracuse last week.
Like Dorilas and Matthews, McClary is a Class of 2025 prospect who’s already attracting plenty of attention. Besides the Orange, McClary has offers from Ole Miss (his first), Rutgers, and BC. McClary is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete from Jersey City, NJ.
While it is too soon to tell if any of these recruits will play for Syracuse, the Orange is getting them to campus early in their recruitment. Planting those seeds and establishing relationships is critical to securing verbal commitments.