Syracuse Orange news: 4-star Elijah Moore on fire, QB priority target, more

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New Syracuse Orange basketball pledge Elijah Moore has been lighting up the scoreboard lately.

The 6-foot-4 Moore, a four-star shooting guard from New York City, gave a verbal commitment to the ‘Cuse on Saturday afternoon. In picking Syracuse Orange basketball over other finalists Alabama, Arkansas, Miami and Oklahoma State, the top-80 Moore became the first commitment for the ‘Cuse in the 2024 recruiting cycle.

In recent contests for Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, N.Y., where he is a standout junior, Moore has put up some big-time performances. This past Sunday, the day after he verbally committed to Syracuse Orange basketball, Moore tallied 22 points, four rebounds and six assists as Cardinal Hayes notched a victory, according to high-school hoops analyst Alex Karamanos.

Karamanos said in his tweet that Moore is averaging more than 20 points per game during the 2022-23 season to date for Cardinal Hayes.

Moore, who runs on the AAU circuit with the Bronx, N.Y.-based Wiz Kids in the Adidas league, was offered a scholarship by the ‘Cuse in April of last year. He has taken multiple visits to the Hill and was a courtside guest of businessman and top SU booster Adam Weitsman when Syracuse Orange basketball recently fell by four points to North Carolina at the JMA Wireless Dome.

As I first reported over the weekend, Weitsman has verbally agreed to a major name, image and likeness deal with Moore, who is rated a top-20 shooting guard in the 2024 cycle by several recruiting services.

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Football coaches recruiting QB hard
Per media reports and social media, 2024 quarterback Maurice Williams Jr. was among those high-school prospects in the junior class who visited Syracuse Orange football this past weekend for the team’s Junior Day.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Williams attends Orange High School in Orange, N.J. In an interview, he told Wes Cheng of that at present, Syracuse Orange football is recruiting him the hardest.

“Currently, I’d say Syracuse is recruiting the hardest,” Williams said to Cheng. “I never felt so much love from a coaching staff.”

According to his bio on the 247Sports Web site, besides the ‘Cuse, college squads showing interest in Williams include Boston College, Maryland, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Temple.

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