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The Syracuse Orange head into the 2012 season on the heels of a disappointing finish coupled with the unexpected losses of key defensive underclassmen such as safety Phillip Thomas and defensive end Chandler Jones.
The Orange need to retool on defense, and they need to do it right now. Thankfully, they seem to have done just that. The Orange have commitments from multiple three-star DEs, including Myles Hilliard, JUCO All-American Markus Pierce-Brewster. Losing Thomas is offset by the arrival of three-star safety Dontez Ford and the possible inclusion of four-star talent Wayne Morgan, who is deciding between SU and the UConn Huskies.
The Orange also continue a recent trend of mining California JUCOs for giant linemen. Along with Pierce-Brewster, West Los Angeles Community College DT Zian Jones and Sacramento City College DE Mark Garrick come aboard.
Offensively, Michigan tight end Ron Thompson is being hailed as the heir apparant to outgoing record-setter Nick Provo.
Syracuse also continued to mine Georgia and Florida for talent thanks to the work of assistant coach Greg Adkins. RB George Morris, TE Josh Parris and LB Tashon Whitehurst (if he remains committed) are all expected to make an impact.
While the Orange have a decent collection of quarterbacks in their stable, it never hurts to add one more. Ashton Broyld was supposed to wear orange last year, but academic issues and an indecency incident landed him at Milford Academy instead, where he tore up the field. A year later, the four-star talent is ready to make good on expectations that he is the Syracuse quarterback of the future.