Syracuse Football: Prediction for 3-star OL who has moved to prep power

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Consensus three-star offensive lineman Naquil Betrand, who is a member of the 2023 recruiting cycle and has Syracuse football in his top six, plans to announce his college choice on July 30, he recently said on Twitter.

The Orange coaching staff offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-7, 310-pound Betrand in April. He took an official visit to the ‘Cuse in June and an unofficial visit to the Orange in May.

While it was highly encouraging that Betrand included Syracuse football in his top six earlier this month, the competition in his recruitment is significant.

Besides, the Orange, Betrand’s other finalists are Texas A&M, Kentucky, Penn State, Auburn and Georgia, which captured the most recent College Football Playoff national championship. Throughout his recruiting process, Betrand has obtained more than 20 offers.

Syracuse football, hopefully, will win out for 2023 three-star offensive lineman Naquil Betrand.

Just in the last few days, a prediction in Betrand’s recruitment was logged in the direction of Kentucky on the On3 Web site, with a confidence level of 60 percent.

When I penned this column, I hadn’t seen any additional projections made on recruiting Web sites such as 247Sports and

Most recently, Betrand had suited up for Northeast High School in Philadelphia, however, for his senior year, he will play at the Saint Frances Academy in Baltimore, according to media reports and recruiting services.

During the 2021 season, the Saint Frances Academy put forth one of the best football squads around the country, and the same is expected to occur this fall.

By the way, last April, Syracuse football offered a scholarship to 2024 four-star quarterback Michael Van Buren, who also competes for the Saint Frances Academy.

Getting back to Betrand, he had previously committed to Colorado in March, but he reopened his recruiting process back up, and his recruitment then proceeded to blow up.

Per a recent article from SyracuseOnSI publisher Mike McAllister, Betrand made visits to all of the schools in his top six, except for Texas A&M and Georgia.

All of the primary recruiting services rate him as three stars. The two recruiting services that I rely on most frequently are the industry-generated On3 Consensus and the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.

At the time of this writing, the On3 Consensus had placed Betrand at No. 925 nationally, No. 57 at offensive tackle and No. 21 in Pennsylvania.

The 247Sports Composite, meanwhile, situated Betrand at No. 893 overall, No. 78 at offensive tackle and No. 16 in Maryland.

We’ll obviously continue to monitor whether other analyst predictions come in for Betrand, and we’ll provide coverage when his commitment decision is announced.

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