It may be Super Bowl week, but it will be SU Football that will take over the conversation in the mid-week. Wednesday is National Letter of Intent signing day, and SU Head Football Coach Doug Marrone and his staff will more than likely have added over 20 new players to the team before the day is through. SU's verbal commitments include some local flavor too, as Ben Barrett from Christian Brothers Academy is expected to sign on as a 6-foot-4 offensive lineman. The Orange have also already added quarterback Ashton Broyld and linebacker Myles Davis in January.
Ryan Murray of Cuseconfidential.com, part of the Rivals.com network, has been tracking SU's verbal commitments all year long, and says this one has a great potential of making a big impact.
"This Syracuse class that should sign tomorrow is probably one of the best SU has landed in over 10 years," says Murray, "Syracuse is bringing in some big time players. They have a great tight end class with Ron Thompson and Joshua Parris, Thompson is almost a four star type kid, there's a lot of potential there. They have a great running back coming in in George Morris, and the defensive line seems to be getting stronger and stronger by the day."
Cuseconfidential.com was tracking verbal commitments that were still coming in on Tuesday afternoon, including defensive end Marcus Pierce-Brewster from San Francisco City College. Murray says the 2011 Community College All-American and the defensive player of the year is a hot commodity.
" Brewster is a relentless outside pass rusher that Syracuse beat out Kansas, Indiana for. Several late charging SEC schools came in too, but it was too little too late. This is an absolutely huge get for Syracuse. Especially because of the lack of depth at the defensive end position. "
SU's annual Spring practice begins on March 20 and will conclude with the annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 21 at the Carrier Dome.