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Syracuse Recruiting Weekend Preview: Transfer Jared Verse Among Official Visitors

The Orange has a critical weekend upcoming.

There will be four football prospects on the Syracuse campus for official visits this weekend, including Albany transfer defensive end Jared Verse. Here is a look at the players visiting. 

Note: Utah wide receiver commit Chris Reed, who previously was expected to visit this weekend, is no longer doing so. 

Player: Noah McKinney
Position: Offensive Lineman
Height/Weight: 6-5, 290 lbs
School: Coronado High School (Henderson, NV)
Commitment Status: Committed to UNLV.

Player: Kadin Bailey
Position: Linebacker
Height/Weight: 6-1, 210 lbs
School: Jefferson High School (Jefferson, GA)
Commitment Status: Uncommitted
Other Notable Offers: Kansas State, East Carolina, Tennessee

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Player: Garrison Madden
Position: Linebacker
Height/Weight: 6-3, 200 lbs
School: Dutchtown High School (Hampton, GA)
Commitment Status: Uncommitted
Other Notable Offers: Air Force, Kent State, Marshall, South Florida

Player: Jared Verse
Position: Defensive End
Height/Weight: 6-4, 247 lbs
School: Albany Transfer
Commitment Status: Uncommitted
Other Notable Offers: Connecticut, Nebraska, West Virginia, Houston, Utah, San Diego State, Purdue, Colorado

Verse accumulated 52 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks last season at Albany. He has three years of eligibility remaining. 

The two linebackers have been known targets. Syracuse needs to add linebacker depth in this class. However, Verse is perhaps the most interesting name. Syracuse is losing all three starters along the defensive line from last season, and experienced additions would be a significant help. 

A player like Verse, who was extremely productive and flashed in the Dome against Syracuse this past season, would be invaluable to the 2022 roster. Orange fans will remember he chased Sean Tucker down from behind. Not an easy task for anyone, let alone a defensive end. There is a reason he has been among the more coveted defensive linemen in the portal.