On Saturday, Syracuse head football coach Mike Brown announced that the Orange will not be signing an NFL player to its roster in the fall.
“I can tell you that we won’t sign an offensive lineman this year.
I’m not going to lie to you,” Brown said.
The move is another indication of the importance of recruiting the Orange.
The program will have just under 1,000 scholarship players for the 2017 season, and Brown said that the only remaining scholarship spots on the roster will be filled by defensive lineman and cornerback.
“We have to be ready to fill every one of those positions,” Brown told reporters after the announcement.
The news comes on the heels of Syracuse signing offensive lineman Brandon Taylor on Saturday and adding three other linemen to the roster in a deal that also included two wide receivers and three offensive linemen.
“It’s an important time for our program,” Brown added.
“As we prepare to move forward, I think that we have to do everything we can to keep our recruiting resources strong and our programs competitive.”
The move to bring back a star like Taylor is another sign of the success of the Orange program, which is now 3-0 since the 2016 season.
After going 0-6 last season, Syracuse has a 6-1 record this year and is in position to finish in the top 10 in the country.
The Orange is expected to announce its 2016 recruiting class at a press conference at the end of March.