The Syracuse Orange football program's National Signing Day 2012 is over, as Syracuse and head coach Doug Marrone has snagged 22 commitments for the Class of 2012-13, reports the athletic department. Currently, Syracuse's recruiting class is ranked No. 49 by Scout.com and No. 51 by 247sports.com. This is an improvement over a few days ago when Syracuse was ranked No. 57 by Scout.com.
Last season, Scout.com ranked SU has the 50th-best recruiting class, while in '10 the Orange ranked No. 53.
The big names in this year's recruiting class are: tight end Ron Thompson Jr (Southfield, MI), a Rivals' three-star recruit, and defensive back Wayne Morgan (Brooklyn, N.Y), a three-star prospect, Markus Pierce-Brewster (San Francisco, CA), a three-star defensive end, and Myles Hilliard (Bedford, OH) who's a three-star defensive lineman recruit.
Thompson and Morgan have also been rated as four-star players by Scout.com and other recruiting services. Thompson was a strong verbal commit coming into Wednesday, while Morgan made his announcement official this Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, Markus Pierce-Brewster is a JUCO transfer from San Francisco, CA who earned All-American and California Defensive Player of the Year honors from its coaches association. Hilliard had originally committed to Pittsburgh but changed his mind to Syracuse Tuesday.
At 3 p.m., Marrone will hold a press conference about Syracuse football's recruiting class of 2012.
Here's a breakdown of the Syracuse recruiting class of 2012 via SUathletics.com:
|Full Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Cl.||Hometown / Highschool|
|Ben Barrett||OL||255||Fr.||Manlius, N.Y. / Christian Brothers Academy|
|Ashton Broyld||QB||229||Fr.||Rochester, NY / Rush Henrietta HS/Milford Academy|
|Marcus Coleman||DT||275||Fr.||Voorhees, N.J. / Camden Catholic|
|Alvin Cornelius||WR||190||Fr.||Staten Island, N.Y. / Tottenville|
|Myles Davis||LB||232||Fr.||Verona, Pa. / Penn Hills HS/Milford Academy|
|Jason Emerich||OL||275||Fr.||New Ringgold, Pa. / Blue Mountain|
|Dontez Ford||S||190||Fr.||McKees Rock, Pa. / Sto-Rox|
|Myles Hilliard||DE||250||Fr.||Oakwood Village, Ohio / Bedford|
|Zian Jones||DT||310||Jr.||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|Kyle Knapp||OL||265||Fr.||Kalamazoo, Mich. / Portage Central|
|Ben Lewis||WR||194||Fr.||Middletown, Md. / Middletown|
|Josh Manley||DT||245||Fr.||College Park, Ga. / Milton|
|Devante McFarlane||ATH||190||Fr.||Wheatley Heights, N.Y. / Half Hollow Hills West|
|Wayne Morgan||CB||191||Fr.||Brooklyn, N.Y. / Erasmus Hall Campus|
|George Morris Jr.||RB||192||Fr.||Lawrenceville, Ga. / Central Gwinnett|
|Ryan Norton||K||170||Fr.||Garden City, N.Y. / Garden City|
|Omari Palmer||OL||300||Fr.||Coram, N.Y. / Longwood|
|Josh Parris||TE||240||Fr.||Stone Mountain, Ga. / Stephenson|
|Markus Pierce-Brewster||DE||230||Jr.||Dale City, Calif. City College of San Francisco|
|Ron Thompson Jr.||TE||225||Fr.||Southfield, Mich. / Southfield|
|James Washington Jr.||DE||225||Fr.|
|Julian Whigham||S||175||Fr.||West Palm Beach, Fla. / Dwyer|
For more on Syracuse football recruiting, check back to this StoryStream. Meanwhile, SB Nation's blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician will be discussing the 2012 recruiting class of Syracuse for the next few days.