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Thursday, February 3, 2011
Syracuse recruiting analysis

By Brian Bennett

SYRACUSE ORANGE

The class

2011 signees: 27

Top prospects: Tight end Louie Addazio has good bloodlines; he's the son of former Florida and Syracuse assistant and current Temple coach Steve Addazio. Linebacker Cameron Lynch is a tackling machine who had a whopping 188 stops as a senior in Georgia. Ashton Broyld was a star quarterback in Rochester, N.Y., who has the athletic ability to switch to a different position if needed.

Needs met: Syracuse badly needed offensive playmakers and added some guys with speed at wideout and running back. The program also needed more depth, especially after losing a large senior class; the 27-man class should help in that area.

Analysis: This looks like Doug Marrone's best class in his three years at Syracuse. The Orange disappointingly missed on a couple of superstars they had a chance of landing in Ishaq Williams (Notre Dame) and Kevin McReynolds (UCLA). Getting a player of that caliber must be the goal going forward. But Marrone has made inroads in keeping more talented New York players home and should be able to build on 2010's breakthrough season with this class.

What Marrone said: "Our goal going into this season with this recruiting class, which I think is important, is speed first. That’s the number one thing I wanted to bring into our program. The second thing that we were looking for was we wanted a bigger team. We wanted to get more range in the athletes that we were bringing in. We think we accomplished that with the height and weight of a lot of the players we’ve brought in."

Scouts Inc. grade: C