Bailey: New Jersey is critical recruiting ground for Syracuse football

Syracuse.com’s  Stephen Bailey joins us to talk about the latest in Syracuse football recruiting and the start of the 2014 season. Wes Cheng then welcomes Senior Columnist Jim Stechschulte to chat about their predictions for the year.

Here are the highlights from the interview:

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Scott Shafer’s staff has recruited hard in New Jersey

The Juice Online: Syracuse picked up a commitment from New Jersey defensive back Daivon Ellison earlier in the week. What does this mean for SU’s recruiting?

Stephen Bailey: Obviously, Daivon is a pretty good commitment, a cornerback with a lot of speed, [though] he needs to put on a little bit of weight. But looking at how Syracuse is attacking New Jersey in this class, with Daivon and Dontae Strickland, and athlete Daiquan Kelly, who is a safety, but we could see him play some wide receiver at Syracuse, I think the key to moving forward with recruiting and expanding a little bit. […] By being able to get these guys from New Jersey, the best players around in the northeast, that’s where you make your footprint and expand from there. Looking at the 2016 class, you look for Syracuse to try to make a splash early. If they can get a potential four star guy, I think that’s the next step. And I think it starts with New Jersey. Tight ends coach Bobby Acosta is in his first year here, and he was the lead recruiter for all three of those guys.

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Rundown:

1. Intro
2. Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey calls in
3. Significance of Daivon Ellison commitment
4. Who is still remaining on the 2015 board?
5. Thoughts on the upcoming season
6. Predictions for Syracuse
7. The Juice Online Senior Columnist Jim Stechschulte calls in
8. Previewing the wide receivers and defensive line
9. Eight regular season wins?
10. Closing Thoughts and Wrap Up

» Related: ESPN blogger says Syracuse can win seven or eight games

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Wes Cheng

About Wes Cheng

Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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