Football

A look at Syracuse’s incoming Class of 2013 as National Signing Day looms

Kendall Moore
OT 6-5 250
Simeon Vocational High School
Chicago, Ill.
***
Moore flipped his commitment from Western Michigan. He runs a 4.9-second 40-yard dash, according to Scout.com.

Malik Brown
DE 6-3 253
William T. Dwyer High School
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
**
Brown originally committed when Doug Marrone was still at Syracuse, but has weakened to a soft verbal with the coaching changes and interest from other schools.

Brisly Estime
WR/DB 5-9 185
Atlantic Community High School
Delray Beach, Fla.
**
Estime starred as a defensive back, wide receiver and return man for Atlantic with his 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed.

Mitch Kimble
QB 6-2.5 190
Jersey Community High School
Jerseyville, Ill.
**
Kimble has a strong arm and played in an up-tempo system in high school that’s much like the one Syracuse runs. He’ll join the competition to be the Orange’s starting quarterback.

Aaron Batten
TE 6-4 220
Dade Christian School
Miami, Fla.
**
Like many of Syracuse’s recent commits, Batten flipped his commitment from another school. The tight end was originally committed to Kent State.

Corey Cooper
WR 6-0 185
Millbrook High School
Raleigh, N.C.
***
So far, Cooper is the prized recruit of George McDonald’s tenure as offensive coordinator. The talented receiver has good hands, and does a good job of making catches away from his body.

Alex Hayes
G 6-4 275
Tucker High School
Tucker, Ga.
**
Former offensive line coach Greg Adkins originally recruited Hayes. After Adkins’ departure, wide receivers coach Rob Moore took over and locked up the offensive guard.

Chauncey Scissum
CB 6-1 195
Rush–Henrietta Senior High School
Henrietta, N.Y.
***
A high school teammate of running back Ashton Broyld, Scissum shared the field with him during the Rush-Henrietta’s 2010 state championship season.

Corey Winfield
WR 6-2 185
Riverview Gardens High School
St. Louis, Mo.
***
Another of offensive coordinator George McDonald’s early prized recruits, Winfield flipped his commitment from Missouri to Syracuse at the end of January.

Jonathan Burton
T 6-8 310
Fork Union Military Academy
Fork Union, Va.
**
The massive Burton excelled as a run blocker when playing for Courtland (Va.) High School, a skill he continued to work on at Fork Union.

Luke Arciniega
MLB 6-4 245
Sierra College
Rocklin, Calif.
**
Arciniega played at Sierra for two years after starring at Spanish Springs (Nev.) High School, where he was All-4A Defensive Player of the Year.

Darius Kelly
S 5-11 190
Pima Community College
Tucson, Ariz.
* * *
Kelly’s been clocked as fast at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash. When Doug Marrone left SU, assistant coaches from Missouri and Marshall called Pima head coach Pat Nugent in search of a Kelly defection.

Josh Kirkland
OLB 6-3 211
Butler County Community College
El Dorado, Kan.
* *
Kirkland’s profile picture on Facebook featured Doug Marrone when the former Orange head coach left for the Buffalo Bills. He still remains firm to Syracuse, though.

Trevon Trejo
DE 6-5 240
Golden West College
Huntington Beach, Calif.
* * *
Trejo recorded three sacks in nine games last season for JUCO Golden West.

John Miller
C 6-4 310
Los Angeles Harbor Community College
Wilmington, Calif.
* *
Miller is a strong candidate to directly replace NFL Draft entry Zack Chibane as left guard. He was the 10th player to commit in this class.

Isaiah Johnson
DE 6-4 270
Tri-State Christian Academy
Elkton, Md.
* *
Johnson also received offers from Hawaii, Temple, Massachusetts and Marist.

Marqez Hodge
OLB 6-1 210
Miami Central High School
Miami, Fla.
* * *
Hodge signed last June and is not part of the wave of Miami-area recruits that’s flowed in since George McDonald’s hiring as offensive coordinator.

Austin Wilson
QB 6-3 205
East Pennsboro Area High School
Enola, Pa.
* *
Largely overshadowed by Zach Allen before Allen de-comitted, Wilson comes to SU as one of seven possible starting quarterbacks for next fall.

Wayne Williams
DT 6-6 335
ASA College for Excellence
Brooklyn, N.Y.
* * *
Williams is one of six JUCO recruits, five of whom play defense.

Tyler Provo
TE 6-3 235
American Heritage School
Delray Beach, Fla.
* * *
The first commit in the Class of 2013, he is the younger brother of Nick Provo, who finished his SU career in 2011 before signing with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent. Nick was cut last May.

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