Syracuse Orange news: Big man plans to visit, football scores a commit

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According to a tweet from M&L Tonight, Syracuse Orange basketball 2023 recruiting target William Patterson plans to make his college decision in April, and he is also eyeing a visit to the ‘Cuse in the near future.

Patterson, an underrated 7-foot-2, 220-pound power forward/center from New York City, took an unofficial visit to the Syracuse Orange campus last August to play in the team’s annual Elite Camp. While at the camp, he landed a scholarship offer from the ‘Cuse coaching staff.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Patterson is a senior at The Patrick School in Hillside, N.J., after previously suiting up for the Bishop Walsh School in Cumberland, Md., which is a member of the loaded National Interscholastic Basketball Conference.

Several media reports in recent months have indicated that Syracuse Orange basketball is a serious contender to prevail in Patterson’s recruitment. Per reports and recruiting services, his offer sheet also includes Oklahoma State, Rutgers and TCU.

An article at the beginning of January from 247Sports national analyst Dushawn London said that, lately, Patterson is hearing the most from Syracuse Orange basketball, Howard, TCU, Oklahoma State and Rutgers.

The 2023 big man told London at that time that his relationship with the ‘Cuse coaching staff “is going really well.”

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Football adds another 2024 commit
Syracuse Orange football, despite a recent coaching carousel in and out of the program, picked up its second verbal commitment in the 2024 class this past weekend, giving the ‘Cuse some nice recruiting momentum early on in the junior cycle.

According to an article from SyracuseOnSI publisher Mike McAllister, who broke this news, 2024 athlete Sam Cooper from Pennsylvania has verbally committed to the ‘Cuse.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Cooper attends Conwell-Egan Catholic High School in Fairless Hills, Pa.

Per McAllister, Cooper plays a variety of positions in high school, including running back, wide receiver and linebacker. Syracuse Orange football coaches, though, are recruiting Cooper as a running back.

Last weekend, Cooper was on the Hill for the Orange’s Junior Day. He received a scholarship offer and verbally committed to the ‘Cuse while on the Syracuse Orange campus.

In mid-November of 2022, Syracuse Orange football secured its first verbal commitment in the 2024 cycle, from wide receiver Syair Torrence. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Torrence goes to the Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse.

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