Syracuse gains another player who believes he can have an immediate impact, remaining with Syracuse…
Orange go deep into Florida
Syracuse has been dipping into the state of Florida for recruits for many years now. They seemed to be even more active in the Sunshine State this year. Four players are currently committed to the Orangemen from the state of Florida. Malik Brown (6-3/215) has been a Syracuse commitment for awhile now. Despite taking recent trips to Minnesota and South Florida and flirting with Tennessee lately, Brown is still on track to ink with Syracuse next week. Playing at Dwyer High -- one of the top programs in south Florida -- Brown is a very skilled pass rusher. It's what he does best. Actually, it's what he does. He really gets after opposing quarterbacks, and should carve a role early in his career on pass-rushing downs. Tyler Provo is going to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Nick, who played tight end at Syracuse recently. The younger Provo (6-2/235) is a talented pass-catcher and brings some toughness and football IQ to the position. He helped lead his team to a state title as a junior and then battled some injuries as a senior. While he might not be as big or athletic as his older brother, he's still a quality prospect. Syracuse didn't stop their with their tight end recruiting efforts. The new staff evaluated and made an offer to Aaron Batten, who committed to Syracuse just this week. At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Batten played small school football at Dade Christian High but has ideal size and some athleticism that leads you to believe he could see the field early in his career as a pass-catching specialist. Marqez Hodge committed to Syracuse over the summer and never looked back. At 6-feet and 205 pounds, Hodge is a bit undersized but he made a lot of plays for Miami Central -- one of the state's premier prep programs. He has a nose for the football, he runs well, and can make a lot of plays in space. Syracuse isn't done quite yet, either. Miami Carol City quarterback Akeem Jones visited the school last weekend and landed a scholarship offer. At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Jones has plus size, a strong arm, and he's very athletic. New offensive coordinator George McDonald knew all about Jones from his days at Miami but was never in position to offer the talented signal-caller. That has changed now, and there's a good chance Jones will be in this class. A teammate of Jones, Simeon Thomas, is scheduled to visit this coming weekend. At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, Thomas played a lot of cornerback at the prep level but projects better as a free safety in college. He is long and covers a lot of ground. He lacks good top end speed but does a nice job in coverage, especially for someone his size. Thomas has taken recent visits to Hawaii and Louisiana-Lafayette but Syracuse will be in good position to turn him this weekend. Jones and Thomas have expressed interest in playing together in college, so that could be playing a role on why Syracuse is also actively recruiting Thomas down the stretch.
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