Syracuse Football Receives Much-Needed Defensive Line Help in Recruiting

Andrew Pregler@ACPreglerContributor IIIJanuary 30, 2012

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The Syracuse Orange have made up for a recruiting gap in the defensive line within the last few hours. 

Harold Brantley, a three star defensive line prospect from Hershey, PA, recently decommitted from Syracuse after a visit to Missouri and recommitted to the Tigers. 

This news was only made worse after the Orange also received word from prospect Leroy Owens of Palatka, FL that he would remain close to home and switch his commitment to Florida International.

Word is now coming in that Myles Hilliard has chosen Syracuse over Pittsburgh, Michigan State, West Virginia, and Akron. The three star prospect is from Bedford, OH and was recruited by Tim Daoust and Tyrone Wheatley

As to how the Orange were able to sway Hilliard away from fellow Big East rivals and solid programs? John Garcia Jr. is reporting that it was the influence of Coach Marrone. This addition gives the Orange a huge boost going into national signing day. 

Hopefully, this gives Syracuse the confidence and clout to sway Wayne Morgan into wearing Orange next season.

The 6' 6", 242 pound lineman will be joined by fellow recruits Zian Jones and Josh Manley as the three linemen attempt to fill the void left by Chandler Jones and Mikhail Marinovich. 

Tune into Bleacher Report for more National Signing Day headlines of the Syracuse Orange.