Syracuse had maybe the biggest recruiting weekend of the 2015 cycle to date, with several priority targets visiting the campus. The weekend started early for the Orange, with a Thursday visit from Norwalk (Conn.) offensive tackle Evan Adams.
Adams put the Orange at the top, and said he wants to commit. However, he will take a visit to Maryland before giving Syracuse a verbal. It seems like it is a mere formality at this point, and it would be a surprise if Evans ends up anywhere else.
On Friday, wide receiver Frank Battle arrived to kick-off the rest of the busy weekend. He loved his trip as well, and is one of two prospects Syracuse is after for one slot. He and Alex Parkinson are both being recruited as wide receiver/tight end hybrids. The Orange won't take both, but may like Parkinson better who does not appear to be close to a decision. Stay tuned.
Saturday was the busiest day with multiple prospects checking out Syracuse. Battle wrapped up his visit on that day and the Orange got big news. New Jersey running back Dontae Strickland gave a verbal commitment to Syracuse. It was the first tangible evidence of new assistant Bobby Acosta's recruiting efforts in the talent-rich state.
The news was heard by several other talented Jersey prospects who looked at Syracuse as a better option as a result.
Also visiting on Saturday was offensive line commit Sam Clausman. It was his first trip to Central New York and everything went according to play. It solidified his status with the Orange and he says he is shutting down his recruitment after the visit.
A 2016 target, in-state offensive tackle prospect Noah DeHond visited for the second time. It allowed him to get a better feel for the program. He is camping on Friday and hopes to grab an offer at that point.
On Sunday, two more big targets were on campus, both from New Jersey. Three-star Jordan Fox "fell in love with Syracuse" according to a source. It gave him a whole new view of the Orange, which had a big impact on where they stand with him.
His high school teammate, D'won Walker, who will be visiting next weekend, told CuseNation.com that "he said he loved it. He said they moved up a lot."
Also taking a trip is Daivon Ellison, a close friend of new Syracuse commit Dontae Strickland. According to a source, the visit went very well. He continued to build on his relationship with the staff, and more should be known in the coming months. Originally, Ellison wanted to announce his commitment in August on his mom's birthday. That plan may still be in effect.
There may have only been one commitment, but the weekend was a rousing success. Syracuse made an impact on key targets and may have inched closer to a commitment from at least one.