Syracuse Football: Where 2021 class presently resides on a national scale

Syracuse football landed a commitment on Friday from 2021 three-star wide receiver Umari Hatcher, bolstering the Orange’s class to 19 pledges.

At this juncture, the Syracuse football 2021 class is absolutely looking solid, even if some Orange fans are hopeful that it will ultimately prove spectacular.

On Friday, the Orange got a dose of positive news when 2021 three-star wide receiver Umari Hatcher selected the ‘Cuse from a final six of Syracuse football, Indiana, Michigan State, Maryland, East Carolina and Liberty.

Hatcher, a talented 6-foot-3, 175-pound wide receiver who is a rising senior at Freedom High School in Woodbridge, Va., gives the Orange a total of 19 commitments to date in its 2021 recruiting cycle.

Following Hatcher’s commitment, this ‘Cuse class is currently placed at No. 51 across the country over at Rivals.com, as well as No. 53 on the 247Sports Web site.

Naturally, there are Syracuse football fans out there who say such rankings are disappointing. I get that. However, the 2021 class for the Orange could end up as the best so far in the era of head coach Dino Babers.

The Syracuse football 2021 recruiting cycle is shaping up fairly nicely for the Orange.

Of these 19 commitments, 10 of them are offensive players, while the other nine are on the defensive side. Rivals.com says that within the 2021 recruiting cycle, the ‘Cuse has one four-star prospect in cornerback Duce Chestnut, as well as 11 three-star players and seven two-star guys.

The 247Sports Composite, meanwhile, recently dropped Chestnut from a four-star prospect to a three-star one. That has resulted in Syracuse football now possessing 19 three-star players in its 2021 class, per the 247Sports Composite.

The Orange 2021 recruiting cycle also boasts five guys who are in the top-1,000 prospects overall on a national level, including the newly committed Hatcher, who checks in at No. 997, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Additionally, of the 19 Syracuse football commitments in this class, the 247Sports Composite says that 13 of them arrive in the top 100 nationally at their position. From my perspective, that’s pretty strong.

How many more players the ‘Cuse winds up with in this recruiting cycle remains unclear, however, should it secure several further commitments, such as from four-star defensive tackle George Rooks III, then Syracuse football has to feel good about where its 2021 class is situated.