Three recruits to watch out for

Watch out for these players next year

1. Ron Thompson, TE, 6-4/215

Thompson is arguably one of Syracuse’s top recruits. The 6-foot-4-inch tight end from Southfield High School in Michigan is the one the Orange’s three 4-star recruits, and he is a matchup nightmare waiting to happen. Thompson is a massive receiving tight end with tremendous hands and ball skills. However, Thompson needs to improve his blocking and strength if he wants to become a true tight end. This should be no problem for Thompson, who weighs a good 215 pounds. Since Thompson has only been playing football for a little over a year, it will be interesting to see how he learns and develops his raw skills.

2. Wayne Morgan, DB, 5-11/190

Hailing from Brooklyn, N.Y., Morgan will bring some physicality to the Orange secondary that has been lacking in recent years. While the hard-hitting safety from Erasmus Hall High School is smaller for his position at 5-foot-11-inches, his nose for the ball and strength makes Morgan Syracuse’s most dynamic and impactful recruit. Morgan was split 50/50 between SU and UConn, but eventually chose Syracuse.

3. Markus Pierce-Brewster, DE, 6-4, 235

With the departure of Chandler Jones to the NFL Draft, Syracuse was left with a void to fill at defensive end. Enter Pierce-Brewster, the 6-foot-4-inch lineman from National City, CA, who is a junior college transfer from The City College of San Francisco. While Pierce-Brewster also played wide receiver and returned kicks while at junor college, he also earned the California Defensive Player of the Year award. According to's John Garcia Jr. Pierce-Brewster is "a versatile speed rusher with the ability to play linebacker as well…”

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School
Ben Barrett OL 6'5'' 255 Manlius, NY Christian Brother Academy
Ashton Broyld QB 6'4'' 229 Henrietta, NY Rush Henrietta*
Marcus Coleman DT 6'3'' 275 Voorhees, NJ Camden Catholic
Alvin Cornelius WR 6'2'' 190 Staten Island, NY Tottenville
Myles Davis FB 6'2'' 232 Verona, Pa. Penn Hills*
Jason Emerich OL 6'4'' 275 New Ringgold, Pa. Blue Mountain
Dontez Ford DB 6'2'' 190 McKees Rock, Pa. Sto-Rox
Myles Hilliard DE 6'5'' 250 Oakwood Village, Ohio Bedford
Zian Jones DT 6'5'' 310 Los Angeles, Calif. West Los Angeles CC**
Kyle Knapp OL 6'4'' 265 Kalamazoo, Mich. Portage Central
Ben Lewis WR 6'3'' 194 Middletown, Md. Middletown
Josh Manley DE 6'3'' 245 College Park, Ga. Milton
Devante McFarlane ATH 6'1'' 190 Wheatley Heights, NY Half Hollow Hills West
Wayne Morgan DB 5'11'' 191 Brooklyn, NY Erasmus Hall Campus
George Morris RB 6'1'' 192 Lawrenceville, Ga. Central Gwinnet
Ryan Norton K 5'11'' 170 Garden City, NY Garden City
Omari Palmer OL 6'3'' 300 Coram, NY Longwood
Josh Parris TE 6'3'' 240 Stone Mountain, Ga. Stephenson
Markus Pierce-Brewster DE 6'3'' 230 National City, Calif. City College of San Fran.**
Ron Thompson TE 6'4'' 225 Southfiel, Mich. Southfield
James Washingotn LB 6'3'' 225 Winter Park, Fla. Winter Park
Julian Whigham CB 6'1'' 175 Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. William T. Dwyer

*Student is currently enrolled at SU and spent the past semester at the Milford Academy

** Junior college transfer

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