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Syracuse Football Recruiting: National Signing Day Commitments 2012

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 and No. 51 by This is an improvement over a few days ago when Syracuse was ranked No. 57 by

Last season, 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 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

Full Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown / Highschool

Ben Barrett OL 6-5 255 Fr. Manlius, N.Y. / Christian Brothers Academy

Ashton Broyld QB 6-4 229 Fr. Rochester, NY / Rush Henrietta HS/Milford Academy

Marcus Coleman DT 6-3 275 Fr. Voorhees, N.J. / Camden Catholic

Alvin Cornelius WR 6-2 190 Fr. Staten Island, N.Y. / Tottenville

Myles Davis LB 6-2 232 Fr. Verona, Pa. / Penn Hills HS/Milford Academy

Jason Emerich OL 6-4 275 Fr. New Ringgold, Pa. / Blue Mountain

Dontez Ford S 6-2 190 Fr. McKees Rock, Pa. / Sto-Rox

Myles Hilliard DE 6-5 250 Fr. Oakwood Village, Ohio / Bedford

Zian Jones DT 6-5 310 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif.

Kyle Knapp OL 6-4 265 Fr. Kalamazoo, Mich. / Portage Central

Ben Lewis WR 6-3 194 Fr. Middletown, Md. / Middletown

Josh Manley DT 6-3 245 Fr. College Park, Ga. / Milton

Devante McFarlane ATH 6-1 190 Fr. Wheatley Heights, N.Y. / Half Hollow Hills West

Wayne Morgan CB 5-11 191 Fr. Brooklyn, N.Y. / Erasmus Hall Campus

George Morris Jr. RB 6-1 192 Fr. Lawrenceville, Ga. / Central Gwinnett

Ryan Norton K 5-11 170 Fr. Garden City, N.Y. / Garden City

Omari Palmer OL 6-3 300 Fr. Coram, N.Y. / Longwood

Josh Parris TE 6-3 240 Fr. Stone Mountain, Ga. / Stephenson

Markus Pierce-Brewster DE 6-3 230 Jr. Dale City, Calif. City College of San Francisco

Ron Thompson Jr. TE 6-4 225 Fr. Southfield, Mich. / Southfield

James Washington Jr. DE 6-3 225 Fr.

Julian Whigham S 6-1 175 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.