Syracuse football misses out on talented 2023 running back, defensive end

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Two Syracuse football recruiting targets in the 2023 class have announced their collegiate destinations, and unfortunately, the Orange didn’t win out in the recruitment of either prospect.

Three-star running back Manny Covey said via Twitter that he has committed to Cincinnati, an excellent program that made the College Football Playoff in the most recent season.

Meanwhile, three-star edge Antonio Camon also announced on his Twitter page that he has committed to Pittsburgh, a team that captured the Atlantic Coast Conference championship crown in the 2021 campaign.

While it’s a total bummer that neither Covey nor Camon is headed to the Hill, I wish both young men well. They’ve both picked tremendous teams to suit up for in the future.

Two 2023 recruiting targets didn’t end up selecting Syracuse football.

Covey, listed at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds on the 247Sports Web site, is a rising senior at Bradford High School in Starke, Fla.

According to 247Sports, the ‘Cuse offered him a scholarship in late February of this year. Throughout his recruitment, Covey obtained more than 20 offers.

Other schools that offered him included Buffalo, Iowa State, Minnesota, Kansas State, Maryland, Memphis, Mississippi State, Nebraska, UCF, USF, Utah, Wake Forest and Washington State, per recruiting services.

Covey is listed as three stars by and On3. In the 2023 class, he is rated as the No. 39 running back and the No. 91 prospect in Florida by On3.

The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Camon is out of Tampa Bay Technical High School in Tampa, Fla. Per 247Sports, the Orange coaching staff offered him in late February of 2022.

According to media reports, Camon was planning to officially visit Syracuse football from June 24 to June 26. However, he committed to the Panthers around the time of his official visit to Pittsburgh.

A three-star player according to multiple recruiting services, Camon had landed around two-dozen offers in his recruiting process, from teams such as Boston College, Kansas, Rutgers, Duke, Florida State, Iowa State, Kentucky, Liberty, Louisville, Maryland, Nebraska, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Penn State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and USF.

At the time of this writing, the industry-generated 247Sports Composite had rated Camon at No. 697 nationally, No. 57 at the edge and No. 107 in Florida within the 2023 class. places him as the No. 38 strong-side defensive end across the country in this cycle.

The On3 Consensus, another industry-generated recruiting service, put Camon at No. 613 overall, No. 78 at defensive lineman and No. 101 in Florida.

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