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Syracuse Football: Doug Marrone's 2011 Recruiting Recap (Part 2)

Doug Marrone got back to recruiting the state of New York.
Doug Marrone got back to recruiting the state of New York.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Josh WetmoreCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2011

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Dyshawn Davis: WR - Milford Academy (NY)

After a year at Milford Academy playing corner back, wide receiver, and kick returner, Davis will be joining the Orange as a receiver. He has good speed, elusiveness for his size, and has shown some ability to meet the ball at its highest point.

He could put on some weight, and, as two-way player in the past, he will probably need to spend extra time working on the finer points of the position before he’s game-ready.


Ritchy Desir: CB - North Miami Beach Senior H. S. (FL)

Desir has a great last name, no doubt, but it’s hard to say if his skills match. ESPN’s rankings didn’t seem to think much of Desir, but has him listed as a 3-star prospect.

He was his high school team’s quarterback, and that probably took away some of his practice time as a defensive back. Desir could end up as a diamond in the rough or he could be a four-year special-teams guy; it’s hard to tell at this point.


Siriki Diabate: OLB - Nassau Community College (NY)

Another JUCO transfer looking to make an immediate impact for the Orange. Diabate was a Junior College All-American in 2010, and, when you put on the fill, it's clear he was a cut above his competition.

He has good closing speed, fluid hips in coverage, and a violent hitter. He’ll need to get stronger to be an effective pass rusher and run stopper at the top level, but don’t be surprised if he cracks the starting lineup in 2011.


Durrell Eskridge: DB - Miami Central H.S. (FL)

Eskridge is another two-way player at the high school level for Doug Marrone to assign a position. He played safety in high school and will likely stay at that position in college unless he shows he has the speed to transition to cornerback.

Honestly, Syracuse is a lot thinner at CB, so, if the coaches think Eskridge can hang with a receiver one-on-one, then that’s where he’ll probably play.


Jonathan Fisher: P - Oakfield-Alabama Central HS (NY)

Syracuse lost senior punter Rob Long to graduation. Long, who is now tragically fighting cancer, was potentially good enough to play at the NFL level and leaves some huge shoes to fill.

Fisher has a chance to be a field position-changing punter, but there will still be a lot of drop-off from Rob Long as a senior to Jon Fisher as a freshman.


Kyle Foster: WR - Ann Arbor Pioneer H.S. (MI)

Syracuse returns a boatload of wide receivers, including Marcus Sales who broke out as a game-changer during the Pinstripe Bowl. That being said, they still lack consistency and speed as unit.

Foster has good size for a college receiver, but to have played in Ann Arbor, MI and only get recruited by Western Michigan, Foster is either extremely overlooked or has a lot to work on.


Ivan Foy: OL - Fort Hamilton H.S. (NY)

Doug Marrone wanted to add more size to his team with this recruiting class, and Foy will certainly help do that. He is another offensive lineman with prototypical size and will probably get most of his time as a guard.

That being said, Foy has a lot of technique to work on and will be more of a project than some of the other linemen in his class. He could be a starter in a few years but don’t expect much in 2011.


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