Syracuse has done a great job in closing a large portion of their 2015 class early. Those efforts have allowed the Orange to get an early focus on the 2016 cycle. They have a bunch of offers out, but some prospects are already starting to emerge as priorities.
Quarterback is going to be an important position in 2016. Four hold offers from Syracuse, but two are emerging as the top targets. Three-star Sonny Abramson is one of the top signal callers in New Jersey. The Orange are in touch with Abramson on a regular basis. Syracuse should be considered one of the favorites right now, along with Duke.
A local quarterback is also a big priority. Jack Brotzki, whose father Bob works in the athletics department, impressed during one of the summer camps. This was not simply an offer to help out someone that works for the university. Brotzki was offered because Syracuse loves what he brings to the table. Don’t be surprised if he has a huge junior season at CBA and becomes a more well-known prospect.
Of the two, Abramson is more likely to commit early.
Wide receiver is also a position that should receive some attention, especially with the loss of Corey Cooper and K.J. Williams reopening his recruitment. Brad Hawkins and Jovani Haskins are two of the top wideouts in the northeast and both hail from New Jersey. Syracuse has offered both, but Hawkins will be a much more difficult recruitment. He is a four-star talent who will be nationally recruited. Haskins impressed during a summer camp and has ideal size for what Syracuse looks for in a wide receiver.
Syracuse is also high on the list of two four-star prospects currently ranked in the Scout-300 for the 2016 cycle. Running back Robert Washington has the Orange in his top five. They are the only school high on his list that he has not visited. He is scheduled to be on campus during the weekend of the Florida State game.
Offensive tackle Liam Smith has already visited Syracuse and loved what he saw. He has a good relationship with his primary recruiter, Bobby Acosta. He says he will not make a decision before the spring, but Syracuse is in a good spot right now.
Syracuse is also in on several other talented prospects who have visited. Defensive tackle Bo Keep is high on the Orange and put them on top after his summer trip. Connecticut prospects Isaiah Wright and Koby Quansah are talented players who will have multiple offers when it is all said and done. But Syracuse got in early and will continue to develop their relationship with each.
Defensive backs Patrice Rene and Antone Williams have both visited. Rene has done so multiple times, but his recruitment has predictably blown up. The Orange will be involved until the end, but he may be difficult to pull away from an elite program. Williams had a visit over the summer and raved about his experience on campus. He is someone to watch going forward.
Rochester (N.Y.) talent Jamir Jones is one of the top players in Western New York. He was offered over the summer and is high on Syracuse. He also has the potential to earn more attention with a strong junior year and spring semester. But Jones is a talent that Syracuse wants to keep at home.
With all of the players Syracuse is involved with early in the 2016 cycle, don’t be surprised if they continue to receive tangible results quicker than normal. The Orange have done a great job closing on prospects at a historically early pace in 2015 and will look to continue that trend in the next class.
CuseNation.com breaks down the top 2016 priorities for Syracuse football recruiting, including some of the nation' stop prospects.