A look at Syracuse’s incoming Class of 2013 as National Signing Day looms

first_imgKendall MooreOT 6-5 250Simeon Vocational High SchoolChicago, Ill.***Moore flipped his commitment from Western Michigan. He runs a 4.9-second 40-yard dash, according to Scout.com.Malik BrownDE 6-3 253William T. Dwyer High SchoolPalm Beach Gardens, Fla.**Brown originally committed when Doug Marrone was still at Syracuse, but has weakened to a soft verbal with the coaching changes and interest from other schools.Brisly EstimeWR/DB 5-9 185Atlantic Community High SchoolDelray Beach, Fla.**Estime starred as a defensive back, wide receiver and return man for Atlantic with his 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed.Mitch KimbleQB 6-2.5 190Jersey Community High SchoolJerseyville, Ill.**Kimble has a strong arm and played in an up-tempo system in high school that’s much like the one Syracuse runs. He’ll join the competition to be the Orange’s starting quarterback.Aaron BattenTE 6-4 220Dade Christian SchoolMiami, Fla.**Like many of Syracuse’s recent commits, Batten flipped his commitment from another school. The tight end was originally committed to Kent State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCorey CooperWR 6-0 185Millbrook High SchoolRaleigh, N.C.***So far, Cooper is the prized recruit of George McDonald’s tenure as offensive coordinator. The talented receiver has good hands, and does a good job of making catches away from his body.Alex HayesG 6-4 275Tucker High SchoolTucker, Ga.**Former offensive line coach Greg Adkins originally recruited Hayes. After Adkins’ departure, wide receivers coach Rob Moore took over and locked up the offensive guard.Chauncey ScissumCB 6-1 195Rush–Henrietta Senior High SchoolHenrietta, N.Y.***A high school teammate of running back Ashton Broyld, Scissum shared the field with him during the Rush-Henrietta’s 2010 state championship season.Corey WinfieldWR 6-2 185Riverview Gardens High SchoolSt. Louis, Mo.***Another of offensive coordinator George McDonald’s early prized recruits, Winfield flipped his commitment from Missouri to Syracuse at the end of January.Jonathan BurtonT 6-8 310Fork Union Military AcademyFork Union, Va.**The massive Burton excelled as a run blocker when playing for Courtland (Va.) High School, a skill he continued to work on at Fork Union.Luke ArciniegaMLB 6-4 245Sierra CollegeRocklin, Calif.**Arciniega played at Sierra for two years after starring at Spanish Springs (Nev.) High School, where he was All-4A Defensive Player of the Year.Darius KellyS 5-11 190Pima Community CollegeTucson, Ariz.* * *Kelly’s been clocked as fast at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash. When Doug Marrone left SU, assistant coaches from Missouri and Marshall called Pima head coach Pat Nugent in search of a Kelly defection.Josh KirklandOLB 6-3 211Butler County Community CollegeEl Dorado, Kan.* *Kirkland’s profile picture on Facebook featured Doug Marrone when the former Orange head coach left for the Buffalo Bills. He still remains firm to Syracuse, though.Trevon TrejoDE 6-5 240Golden West CollegeHuntington Beach, Calif.* * *Trejo recorded three sacks in nine games last season for JUCO Golden West.John MillerC 6-4 310Los Angeles Harbor Community CollegeWilmington, Calif.* *Miller is a strong candidate to directly replace NFL Draft entry Zack Chibane as left guard. He was the 10th player to commit in this class.Isaiah JohnsonDE 6-4 270Tri-State Christian AcademyElkton, Md.* *Johnson also received offers from Hawaii, Temple, Massachusetts and Marist.Marqez HodgeOLB 6-1 210Miami Central High SchoolMiami, Fla.* * *Hodge signed last June and is not part of the wave of Miami-area recruits that’s flowed in since George McDonald’s hiring as offensive coordinator.Austin WilsonQB 6-3 205East Pennsboro Area High SchoolEnola, Pa.* *Largely overshadowed by Zach Allen before Allen de-comitted, Wilson comes to SU as one of seven possible starting quarterbacks for next fall.Wayne WilliamsDT 6-6 335ASA College for ExcellenceBrooklyn, N.Y.* * *Williams is one of six JUCO recruits, five of whom play defense.Tyler ProvoTE 6-3 235American Heritage SchoolDelray Beach, Fla.* * *The first commit in the Class of 2013, he is the younger brother of Nick Provo, who finished his SU career in 2011 before signing with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent. Nick was cut last May. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Moving forward: Syracuse’s Class of 2013 set to sign Letters of Intent on National Signing Daycenter_img Published on February 6, 2013 at 1:42 amlast_img read more

Heisler: A Happy NBA New Year somewhere, if not in LA

first_imgJeanie: Would you consider putting off retirement and coming back?Kobe: Would you consider coming up with another one of those $55 million extensions?Byron Scott: I’m cool. Would I be benching our lottery picks if they haven’t told me I’m safe? No, we’re not tanking. Lakers don’t tank, even if it has looked like they do since about 2010. We’re just rebuilding, backwards.D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle: When the Lakers took us on draft day, could we have said, “I pass?”Kevin Durant: Someone said the Lakers are hoping to land me as a free agent. They must mean in 2022 after the deal I sign in 2017 is up. Paul Pierce: It’s great to be home, but I wish I had gotten here before I retired. Oh, I’m still active?Lance Stephenson: I want to thank the Clippers for giving me another chance. Oh, I’m still here?Josh Smith: I wanted to show Stan Van Gundy what he was missing after paying me $26 million to go away. Well, at least I got to keep the $26 mill.Matt Barnes: I must look pretty good to the Clippers now. Of course, from Memphis they look pretty good to me.Doc Rivers: Whoever is running personnel is in big trouble. Oh, wait, that’s me.Steve Ballmer: Now that I think about it, maybe $2 billion was a tad high.DeAndre Jordan: This is the year I learn how to shoot free throws.Dwight Howard: Me, too. I wanted to be an icon like Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela. Instead, I keep getting compared to DeAndre Jordan.DeAndre: Did you ever think of trying to leap from the foul line and dunk? Back when you had hops, I mean.Dwight: I like the way you raise both arms straight up to shoot yours, like you’re being held up. Nice free-agent tour, by the way. Why didn’t you wait until the Mavericks held the press conference to introduce you and tell them, “Just kidding.”DeAndre: Hey, it gets crazy. You’ll see when you opt out next summer, assuming you’re willing to risk having to play for the veteran’s exception. At least I didn’t take $30 million less to get away from Kobe so I could play with James Harden, aka Lone Star Kobe.James Harden: Don’t worry, Dwight, I’m working on getting traded to an L.A. team to be closer to Khloe. Or maybe the Warriors if they don’t mind me taking my 19.9 shots per game.Steph Curry: Maybe you could come off the bench. That’s what we do with guys who shoot 42%.Khloe Kardashian: Oh, James! It’s such a fairy tale for me, dating an NBA star. What could go wrong now?Derrick Rose: I resolve to go back to playing basketball, one of these years.Sam Hinkie: It’s OK if my 76ers have posted win totals of 19-18-2 in my two-plus seasons as GM, we’re rebuilding. You’re right, we can’t do this forever. I resolve to try to win one of these seasons … just not this one.Jerry Colangelo: I don’t think we’ve met. I’m the new president the Sixers just hired to carry the rebuilding into the front office, starting with you.On the bright side, you’ll be leaving with a record that will never be broken.Adam Silver: Yes, it’s unusual for the commissioner to be involved with team hires, but the owners wouldn’t let me reform the lottery. So I reformed the Sixers.Phil Jackson: I turned the Knicks around, all right, from a 37-win team to a 17-win team. Now I have to do it so they’re facing forward but they tell me that’s harder.I’ve got it! What if Kobe plays one more season here? If not, how about Michael?If not, I know someone very high up in the Lakers, so maybe I can get a job trying to turn them around instead!Of course, that’s a resolution for another year.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Los Angeles News Group print editions. New Year’s resolutions for 2016, not a moment too soon for the local teams that had a challenging 2015.Jim Buss: I’d like to get us into the West Finals next season, even if I have another one or two after that. Right, sis?Jeanie Buss: I’d go all-out next season if I were you.Kobe Bryant: I didn’t forget how to play. I was just in a little slump the last three seasons.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more