Syracuse picked up a crucial commitment late Tuesday night.

The Orange earned a pledge from JUCO star running back Deston Hawkins. A member of the 2023 recruiting class, Hawkins spent last season with Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California.

Here’s his announcement:

Hawkins was a very impactful player for Foothill College last season. He rushed for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns in just 10 games. He earned first-team all-conference honors for his performance.

He joins a Syracuse squad that will be tasked with replacing one of the best running backs in the country in Sean Tucker. Over the past 2 seasons, Tucker has rushed for over 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns. He is currently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL.

Hawkins is the 18th player to join Syracuse’s 2023 recruiting class. The Orange have also earned commitments from 7 transfers this offseason.

He will have 3 years of eligibility remaining.

Here are some highlights from Hawkins’ season at Foothill College: