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Can Orange keep top players in state?

I wrote on Wednesday about Syracuse's rise and the increased expectation levels for the Orange.

For the program to get back to true national prominence, it will need to keep the elite prospects at home. That's why colleague Jamie Newberg's story about Brooklyn (N.Y.) defensive back Wayne Morgan is interesting to me.

Morgan, an ESPNU 150 Watch List prospect who can play corner or safety, says he currently has Rutgers and Michigan at the top of his list. He hasn't been to Syracuse yet.

"I wanted to go to the Syracuse spring game but I couldn't catch a ride. I know I will be going there this summer. I am anxious to check them out because I need to get to their campus," he said. "I know coach [Doug] Marrone. He's a cool coach. I just need to get up there and see for myself. I have been following them. I like the direction of the program."

Marrone's goal has been to keep the best New York prospects in state. But the Orange couldn't corral Ishaq Williams earlier this year, as the linebacker went to Notre Dame. And ESPNU 150 Watch List defensive lineman Jarron Jones from Rochester, N.Y., recently committed to Penn State.

While recruiting rankings aren't everything, the Orange need some of these blue-chippers to get to the next level.