Syracuse football: 2024 signees who will make the biggest impact as freshmen

Fran Brown brought in a historic high school recruiting class in Year 1 at Syracuse, but which players from the class will be difference-makers from Day 1 in 2024?
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player. KingJoseph Edwards Syracuse. . 4-star. KingJoseph Edwards. . KingJoseph Edwards. EDGE. Hoschton, GA. 445

We know how Fran Brown liked to build his defense at Georgia. Granted it is easier to build a defense loaded with five-stars, but those Bulldogs defenses were built from the line of scrimmage out. 

In 2023, Syracuse was 61st in sacks and was 78th against the pass. Those two stats go hand-in-hand, and both can be solved by an influx of talent on the defensive line. 

KingJoseph Edwards has a ton of length for an edge rusher at 6-foot-4 230 pounds and he uses his long arms to keep offensive linemen off his body, so he is free to get after the quarterback or play the run. He doesn’t have great bend coming around the edge, but his combination of speed, strength, and length will make him impactful from Day 1. 

In two years I could see Edwards getting some hype as a potential first-round NFL draft pick because of his measurables. If Brown develops him, he could be one of the best pass-rushers in the country.