Syracuse Football: 4-star DB/WR target from N.J. ranked top 100 nationally

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Lately, some of the primary recruiting services have rolled out their initial national rankings for the 2026 class, and Syracuse football recruiting target Jordan Thomas from New Jersey arrived high up in these inaugural rankings.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Thomas, a four-star defensive back/wide receiver, is in his sophomore season suiting up for an elite football program, Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, N.J.

In the 2022 term, when Thomas was a freshman, Bergen Catholic finished at 11-1 overall and ranked No. 20 across the country, according to MaxPreps.

Bergen Catholic, at present, has played a handful of games in its current 2023 season, and if you’d like to track the team’s progress, you can do so by clicking here. MaxPreps also provides various statistics for players on the Crusaders’ roster, including Thomas.

Jordan Thomas, a 2026 four-star athlete, has already visited Syracuse football once.

The Orange was the first high-major school to offer a scholarship to Thomas, with that offer coming back in early March of this year.

According to his X page and recruiting services, he holds around a dozen offers so far in the early stages of his recruitment. Other suitors include Michigan State, Illinois, Akron, Duke, Miami, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Michigan and Penn State.

Nunzio Campanile, the tight ends coach for the ‘Cuse, is the lead recruiter for Thomas. It’s worth pointing out that Campanile’s brother is Vito Campanile, who is the head coach of the Bergen Catholic football team.

When released its first set of 2026 national rankings, Thomas checked in at No. 78 overall.

Not too long ago, 247Sports also published its national rankings for the sophomore cycle, with Thomas rated No. 96 nationally, No. 15 at athlete and No. 2 in New Jersey.

At the time of this writing, the industry-generated 247Sports Composite had Thomas at No. 76 nationwide, No. 10 at athlete and No. 1 in New Jersey within the 2026 class.

In a recent interview with recruiting analyst Charles Kang of The Juice Online, Thomas said that he’s being recruited hard by numerous schools, and it appears Syracuse football is one of them.

“The contact with Cuse has been good,” Thomas said to Kang. “(Coach Nunz and I) have a nice relationship. He really believes in my ability to perform on the field and he always has positive things to say about me.”

Per his X page and reports, in early April, Thomas took an unofficial visit to the Hill to check out the Orange’s spring practices. Following that visit, he told Kang that his trip to Central New York went “great,” as he had a chance to tour the ‘Cuse facilities, learn about the history of the Syracuse football program and spend time with various SU coaches, including head coach Dino Babers.

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