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Aug 15, 2011
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Ty Gordon's college plans were set. Then Syracuse beckoned. (; Fawcett)

Ty Gordon figured his college choice was set once he committed to Old Dominion University on July 27. ODU was the first school to offer a scholarship to the Battlefield High School senior defensive lineman and the one who showed the most interest in him from the start.


Gordon also wanted to make his decision before Battlefield opened practice for its 2022 season.

But everything changed for Gordon after two Syracuse University football assistants saw him play one of the best games of his life Oct. 7 against visiting John Champe.

Assistant coach Chip West, who recruits this area for the Orangemen, and defensive line coach Chris Achuff left impressed. The following week, Gordon said Syracuse offered him a scholarship.

The offer left Gordon conflicted. He viewed loyalty as the highest of character traits. And saying no to ODU seemed disloyal after all this time.

But he also felt he had to consider Syracuse. This was a Power Five program in the ACC that pursued Gordon heavily.

“My mom said you don’t want to go through life with a regret,” Gordon said.

SU picks up fifth transfer in ex-Missouri punter Jack Stonehouse (PS; Leiker)

Though most of the focus on Early National Signing Day was on high school and junior college commits, Syracuse football added a fifth transfer to its ranks.

Ex-Missouri punter Jack Stonehouse committed to SU, a tweet from one of the Orange’s recruiting staff members revealed.

Stonehouse comes from a family of punters including his dad, uncle and cousin, Ryan Stonehouse, who’s currently the punter for the Tennessee Titans.

He won the starting job at Missouri mid-season as a walk-on over a veteran teammate. Stonehouse visited the Salt City and received his scholarship offer this past weekend.

After a great official visit with @CuseFootball I am happy to announce that i have received a full-ride scholarship! Thank you coach @Coach_Lig @CoachBabersCuse @Coach_WillRod
— Jack Stonehouse (@_JackStonehouse) December 18, 2022

Stonehouse is from West Hills, California, where he played at Chaminade High School. He was unranked in the class of 2021.

Syracuse leaned on freshman punter Max Von Marburg this season. The team finished 120th nationally in net punting (35.02 yards per attempt) under first-year special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky. Stonehouse will be the third scholarship punter on SU’s roster, joining Marburg and James Williams.


SU lands signing day commitment from linebacker Josiah Jeffrey (PS; Leiker)

Syracuse football picked up another class of 2023 commitment in the midst of Early National Signing Day.

Linebacker Josiah Jeffrey announced his commitment to the Orange on Wednesday morning. His addition is one of two signing day surprises for SU. The Orange also flipped Northern Illinois commit Trevion Mack on Wednesday.

Jeffrey played for Greenwood High School in Greenwood, South Carolina. The Eagles finished 6-7 this season, making it to the Sweet 16 of the South Carolina 4A state tournament before being eliminated.

— Josiah Jeffery (@JosiahJeffery8) December 21, 2022

Jeffrey was the region defensive player of the year, an All-South Carolina pick and a two-time All-Lakelands selection.

He was a team captain at Greenwood High School and made 71 tackles his senior season. Jeffrey also made one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and scored a defensive touchdown.

He is unranked on 247.

Jeffrey (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) is the third linebacker in SU’s current recruiting class, joining Zyian Moultrie-Goddard and Lonnie Rice. Both Moultrie-Goddard and Rice have already signed their letters of intent.

Where does Syracuse’s 2023 recruiting class rank in the ACC, nationally? (PS; $; Leiker)

Syracuse football’s 2023 Early National Signing Day went mostly according to plan.

SU signed 15 high school and JUCO players Wednesday plus added five transfers. Two of those signees and one transfer — linebacker Josiah Jeffrey, offensive lineman Trevion Mack and punter Jack Stonehouse — were new additions to the class and hadn’t been previously committed.

Here are the rankings of Syracuse’s entire 2023 class from the three biggest recruiting sites:

  • 247 Sports: No. 14 ACC; No. 73 nationally
  • On3: No. 14 ACC; No. 78 nationally
  • Rivals: No. 14 ACC; No. 89 nationally
Only one verbal commit to Syracuse ended up flipping elsewhere.

Offensive lineman Vincent Carroll-Jackson, the No. 2 recruit in the class, signed to Nebraska. He committed to SU on Dec. 11 but took an official visit with the Cornhuskers five days later.

The Orange is still awaiting word on whether quarterback LaNorris Sellers, who’s been verbally committed to SU in March, will sign with the program. Sellers has been heavily pursued by South Carolina, his home state’s flagship, thanks to a stellar senior campaign that saw him win his school its first state title.

SU football commit flips to Nebraska on signing day (PS; Leiker)

Syracuse football couldn’t hang on to the No. 2 commit in its 2023 class, despite him verbally committing to the university just 10 days ago.

Vincent Carroll-Jackson, a three-star lineman from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, flipped his commitment during his signing day ceremony Wednesday afternoon, choosing Nebraska by sliding a red hat on his head.

“It’s official,” Carroll-Jackson said at the end of his signing day remarks. “Ya’ll are going to be seeing me a lot more on your TVs next year, I can guarantee that.”

Carroll-Jackson was the second-highest ranked high school player in SU’s class behind four-star quarterback LaNorris Sellers, who also has Orange fans worried about a potential decommitment.

After just one season playing football, Carroll-Jackson attracted a number of high-profile offers but seemingly latched on to the Orange early, announcing he was committing on Dec. 11, just six days after receiving his offer over the phone from defensive line coach Chris Achuff.

Carroll-Jackson (6-foot-5, 285 pounds) made an official visit to Syracuse on Dec. 9.

Sellers is expected to choose between Syracuse and South Carolina on Friday.

Trevion Mack Signs With Syracuse, Flips From Northern Illinois (SI; McAllister)

Syracuse football has flipped another class of 2023 prospect. Saint Paul (MN) Irondale offensive lineman Trevion Mack signed with the Orange after being committed to Northern Illinois since August. Mack officially visited Syracuse this past weekend, and that was enough to earn his signature during the early National Signing Day.

Mack is listed at 6-5, 295 pounds and could play guard or tackle at the next level. Mack is part of a large contingent of offensive lineman Syracuse has added to its roster this cycle. He joins junior college prospects J'Onre Reed and Lysander Moeolo as well as high school prospect Jayden Bass. In addition, Syracuse has hit the transfer portal for additional held, landing a commitment from Richmond transfer Joe More. The Orange could pursue other transfers as well.

It has been an offseason of change for Syracuse, which has lost both of its coordinators in the last week. Robert Anae took the offensive coordinator job at NC State while Tony White left to be Nebraska’s defensive coordinator. The Orange named Jason Beck its new offensive coordinator and Rocky Long its new defensive coordinator.

2022 NLI Signing Day Packet (PDF) - Syracuse University Athletics (

2022 NLI Signing Day Packet

Lincoln High School’s defensive end Jalil Smith signs with Syracuse University (; video; Staff)

It was early Signing Day for high school football players, with some of the biggest stars from New York City locking in their college decisions.
Lincoln High School’s defensive end Jalil Smith signed with Syracuse University.

Wyncote Linebacker Turns Orange, Signs with Syracuse (; Weckerly)

Syracuse University’s football team has obtained Wyncote native Lonnie Rice in an early signing-day acquisition of the linebacker. Emily Leiker reported the school’s new asset for

Rice — a six-foot, 220-pound junior college prospect — graduated from the now-closed Bishop McDevitt High School in 2020.

He originally enrolled at the University of Buffalo but transferred to Lackawanna Community College, where he played for the Falcons.

While at the community college, Rice battled through ten games, amassed 39 total tackles, sacked a QB 4.5 times, forced one fumble, recovered two fumbles forced by teammates, and broke up two passes.

He signed with the Orange on Dec. 12.

He is the third junior-college player (and the second linebacker) that Syracuse University added to its 2023 recruiting class.

More on Montgomery County’s Lonnie Rice is at

On The Block On Demand 12-21-22 (ESPN; radio; Axe)

Brent Axe starts the show with a shocking takeaway from last night’s game that he may not have made public any other season. Later, Brent’s thoughts on Syracuse football on National Signing Day.

Mike McAllister "On The Block" 12-21-22 (ESPN; radio; Axe)

Syracuse on SI’s Mike McAllister joins Brent Axe to give an update on National Signing Day and give insight on LaNorris Sellers who will make his decision on Friday.

Syracuse’s Class of 2023 Early Signing Day Offensive Commits – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; Griffin)

Christmas has come four days early for college football recruiting fanatics. Early signing day is upon us, and you can rest assured SU has already been busy. To help kickstart The Fizz’s coverage today, let’s take a look at the current state of things on the offensive side of the ball.


Boy is Daniels’ commitment timely with a certain Syracuse running back declaring for the NFL Draft a few days ago. The Virginia native has an opportunity to emerge as LeQuint Allen’s primary backup to start next season, and his resume speaks for itself. SU had to beat the likes of Penn State, Michigan State, South Carolina, and Pittsburgh to secure Daniels’ services. That says quite a lot, doesn’t it? But he may not be the only new running back headed for the Salt City.


The question mark sits beside Parkman’s position because he played both running back and safety in high school, and there is currently no clarity on which he will play in the 315. Regardless, the versatility the 3-star from New Jersey has from playing both positions will be invaluable and provide depth at the running back position, especially with Sean Tucker departing.


Similarly to Daniels and Parkman with running backs and Tucker, the importance of offensive tackles only increased as a result of Matthew Bergeron declaring for the NFL Draft. Bass had over 20 offers, including one from Arizona State, but wound up picking the Orange. The Springfield, MA native had a strong performance at a Syracuse camp, which sparked interest in the first place. But he’ll have competition at his position within his own class.


Moeolo’s case is an interesting one. The Washington native spent his 2022 season at Navarro College, a JUCO in Corsicana, Texas about an hour self of the DFW metro. It’s interesting in that Moeolo already has a year of competition that isn’t high school under his belt. It’s not necessarily the highest competition, but it adds a unique background to this team that could help out down the line.

Signing Day 2022: Dino Babers has put together a solid recruiting class at Syracuse (; videos)

Signing Day 2022: Dino Babers has put together a solid recruiting class at Syracuse

Vincent Carroll-Jackson signs with Nebraska (; video)

Vincent Carroll-Jackson signs with Nebraska

Syracuse football: 2022 early signing day (TNIAAM; Staff)

A little late but maybe this will help fans follow the Syracuse Orange football signings during this three-day early signing period.

We’re trying to get profiles of all the 2022 high school and transfers officially signing with the Orange.

Hopefully this helps out to organize things during a pretty busy time.

DEC 21, 2022, 7:30AM EST


ACC News

Football: Jeff Hafley Join ACC PM Live on ACC Network (youtube; video; ACCN)

Football: Jeff Hafley Join ACC PM Live on ACC Network

Duke football signs 26 new Blue Devils to punctuate Elko's first recruiting cycle (dukechroniclel Hurewitz)

Twelve games in the books. A bowl game in the coming days. After seeing unmatched success in the first year of the Elko era, the future leaders of the program put pen to paper Wednesday to commit to the Blue Devils.

Head coach Mike Elko brought in 26 new signees on National Signing Day as he cements his mark on the program with his first complete recruiting cycle. The 2023 class comes in as the No. 51-ranked class in the country and 10th in the ACC as Elko looks to continue Duke’s rise on the national stage.

“It's 26 kids that will forever be very special to me,” Elko said. “This will forever be the class that first committed to me as a head football coach. And so for the rest of my career, these guys will always be first, and all 26 of them committed prior to me ever coaching a football game as a head coach.”

The class includes six defensive backs, six defensive linemen and four wide receivers to go along with three offensive linemen, two linebackers, two tight ends, two running backs and a quarterback. Ten of the 26 are slated to enroll for the spring semester to begin coursework and participate in spring practice.

Nine of the signees also visited Duke in January 2022. Elko pointed out Wednesday that “in our first three weeks on the job, we were able to identify a third of this recruiting class.”

He also took pride in the fact that none of the Blue Devils’ August commits defected: “On August 1, we had 26 kids committed to Duke and today we signed 26 kids, the same 26 kids,” Elko said.

Unpacking NC State football 2023 recruiting class: How much can signees help in near future? (; Thompson)

NC State football’s 2023 early signing day period began Wednesday with little drama but with plenty of potential talent for the future.

The Wolfpack had 18 high school prospects sign letters of intent, giving them the No. 34 recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports Composite rankings, and the seventh-best class in the ACC behind Miami, Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, Louisville and Virginia Tech.

This is coach Dave Doeren’s strongest class since 2019 when the Wolfpack finished with the 33rd-ranked class that included a future first-round pick, left tackle Ikem Ekwonu.

Here are the biggest takeaways from NC State's early signing day.

Pack holds tight to Daemon Fagan

Despite a late push from Ohio State, the Wolfpack were able to sign safety Daemon Fagan, a four-star prospect from American Heritage High School in south Florida. Fagan is the 27th-ranked safety prospect in the country and the 59th overall prospect from the state of Florida.

He was the final player to sign on Wednesday.

His 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame, speed and instincts could allow him to make an early impact as a freshman. He was NC State’s highest-rated recruit from the 2023 class.

Signing Day Central: NC State Football 2023 class live updates (; Clark)

Welcome to the Signing Day Central hub -- your home for NC State football recruiting all day long on Wednesday, college football's early national signing day. Below, we will let you know when NC State receives each Letter of Intent and provide any intel we come across.

It's going to be an action-packed day, so you'll want to hit refresh on this exact page often.

Okay, let's get started ...


Total commits:
17 entering Wednesday.

How many can NC State sign in the 2023 class?: This number is still very fluid, especially with the State focusing heavily on the transfer portal.

How many will sign Wednesday? 17. However, I don't expect Tamarcus Cooley to sign with the Pack. But I believe State is the heavy favorite for Florida offensive line Rico Jackson.

2022 Early Signing Day - Analysis (RX; HM)

2022 Early Signing Day - Analysis

Here are your Early Signing Day results, by ACC-related school:

9-3Notre Dame240204
20-3Florida State16169
26-1North Carolina200614
35-1Virginia Tech260124
43+1NC State170314
47-8Wake Forest200119
54-3Boston College170017
58+4Georgia Tech210018
Miami, Notre Dame and Clemson continue to recruit at a very high level. Florida State had a decent Early Signing Day - but it's supplemented by good mining of the Transfer Portal.
As you can see from the second column, most ACC schools slipped a little in their national rankings since Monday. Exception were NC State, which moved up one spot, Pitt, which moved up 4 spots, and Syracuse, which moved up 14 spots (and almost within the Top 65 - almost).
Here are the changes from Monday in terms of total commits, 5-star, 4-star, and 3-star commits:

Notre Dame-2-1-10
Florida State00-1+1
North Carolina+200+2
Virginia Tech+200+1
NC State+10-1+3
Wake Forest-100-1
Boston College+100+1
Georgia Tech+700+5

The only ACC team to gain a blue-chip player was Miami, who actually gained a pair of 4-star players on Signing Day. Most of the extra players signed were 3-star or less; Pitt and Georgia Tech both signed last-minute hauls of 3-star players, for instance.

Links: ESD Edition 2022 Dec 21 (RX; HM)

Links: ESD Edition 2022 Dec 21

From Rivals: Early Signing Period: Five programs in the spotlight
USC, Texas A&M, Michigan, Colorado, and...


So it seems, whatever head coach Mario Cristobal wanted in the 2023 class he got. The group is impressive with three five-stars and 15 four-stars. In the days leading up to the Early Signing Period, Miami landed four-star end Rueben Bain, five-star offensive tackle Samson Okunlola and Mark Fletcher. The feather in the hat was keeping Okunlola and Fletcher away from in-state rival Florida.
Miami is not finished yet. The Hurricanes' class is slotted at No. 6 with a chance to break into the top five. Signing four-star corner Damari Brown would be yet another big win for this coaching staff.

Note: Miami is currently ranked 3rd in the 247Sports Team Recruiting ranking. - Hokie Mark
From Yahoo! Sports: Former NC State QB Devin Leary transferring to Kentucky

The former NC State QB tweeted Tuesday that he is transferring to Lexington for the 2023 season. Leary, widely considered one of the best quarterbacks looking to transfer this offseason, has one season of eligibility remaining...
Leary was exceptional in 2021 as NC State went 9-3 and earned a Holiday Bowl berth. Leary was 283-of-431 passing for 3,433 yards and threw 35 TDs to just five interceptions.

ACCN 2022-23 Orange Bowl Coverage (RX; HM)

ACCN 2022-23 Orange Bowl Coverage

ACC Network Will Be Live from Miami for Coverage of No. 7 Clemson in the Capital One Orange Bowl

  • ACC Huddle and ACC PM live from Hard Rock Stadium, Dec. 29-30
  • Complete coverage of Clemson and the ACC’s nine Bowl Season teams
  • ACCN to offer Capital One Orange Bowl SkyCast alternate viewing option
ACC Network, the 24/7 national platform dedicated to ACC sports, will be live from Miami for expanded coverage of the Capital One Orange Bowl. ACCN will have more than 10 hours of dedicated programming Thursday, Dec. 29 and Friday, Dec. 30, surrounding the New Year’s Six Bowl, including its signature shows ACC PM and ACC Huddle in advance of the matchup featuring ACC Champion and No. 7 Clemson playing No. 6 Tennessee (Dec. 30, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN).


ACCN’s ACC PM afternoon show will have extensive coverage throughout the week each afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. Mark Packer, Tre Boston and South Florida native Taylor Tannebaum will preview the bowl games and have a bevy of guests, while also highlighting the biggest stats and storylines. ACC PM will be live from Hard Rock Stadium for its show on Thursday, Dec. 29.
Additionally, ACCN will breakdown and have full reaction to Clemson and Tennessee head coaches, coordinators and player press conferences throughout the week leading up to the Orange Bowl.


Dinner from Decir Algo, Syracuse, NY

The carnitas taco on a corn tortilla with salsa verde from Decir Algo, Syracuse, NY (Jared Paventi |

Decir Algo cranks out burritos and tacos from another restaurant’s kitchen (Dining In Review) (PS; $; Paventi)

Decir Algo is a restaurant within a restaurant; a ghost kitchen within Danny’s Steaks in Armory Square that cranks out quesadillas, burritos and tacos for takeout and delivery.

There were plenty of tacos in the delivery order and, I’m happy to say, all of them fared well on the 20-minute delivery ride from downtown to our Onondaga Hill home. Most of them fall under the build-your-own model ($4): pick your protein, tortilla and salsa. Our pork taco with salsa verde on a corn tortilla sat perfectly in the to-go container awaiting its demise, never shifting from its seat from the time it left the restaurant to when it hit our table.

The slow-cooked pork shoulder was tender and stringy with a fatty flavor to it like the traditional preparation of carnitas. The tomatillo- and cilantro-based green salsa was herbaceous and earthy, while a sprinkle of cotija cheese added salty notes. It contrasted the less-traditional smoked brisket taco packaged alongside it; a flour tortilla held a couple of beef brisket slices that were topped with barbecue sauce and red onions. We didn’t get too much smoke from the brisket, but it was juicy and didn’t taste as if it had sat around in a hot hold all day.

The birria tacos ($12 for three) were a highlight, though don’t confuse them with the birria queso taco you might get in Tijuana or Canastota. The traditional birria queso taco starts with birria de res, a savory stew of fatty beef, usually shoulder, smoky chiles, tomatoes and spices. Corn tortillas are grilled and splashed with the cooking liquid, or consommé. Shreds of beef are loaded into the tortilla along with stringy Oaxaca cheese, folded and grilled until the cheese melts and binds everything.

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