Hectic week in Syracuse with commitments, dismissal, Moe Neal decision

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The commitment of Jamal Holloway gave Scott Shafer reason to smile

Though July is typically a popular vacation month, don’t tell that to Scott Shafer and his staff.

As the month draws to a close, Shafer’s crew has provided the #BOOM crowd and the #OrangeRevolutioners plenty of excitement this week alone. It started on Monday when Shafer made a trip to something called the 4-letter network car wash, whatever that was. Monday night was when the real fun began.

Syracuse received a verbal commitment from Monquavion Brinson, a 3-star corner back, according to Rivals.com, out of Georgia. Brinson is the third Peach state product to commit to the Orange in the 2016 class joining fellow corner back Darius Stubbs and safety Will Harper.

Tuesday brought a commitment from New Jersey defensive end Jamal Holloway. He’s ranked as a 3-star player on Rivals.com and a 2-star player on Scout.com. As with Georgia, Syracuse now has three commits from New Jersey players in this recruiting cycle. Holloway joins high school teammate linebacker Dymelle Parker and wide receiver Sadiq Palmer as Garden staters making the trek to upstate New York. The Orange secured four Jersey players in last year’s class as Coach Bobby Acosta works tirelessly to re-establish a foot hold that all but vanished under the reign of He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named.

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Not everything in the 315 area code was sunshine and orange-colored rainbows on Tuesday. Shafer announced the dismissal of senior-to-be Ashton Broyld. He was sent packing for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Broyld seemed poised to finally have a break-out season. With his combination of size and speed, he seemed perfect to emerge as a weapon out of the hybrid position in Tim Lester’s new offense capable of breaking off big chunks of real estate any time he possessed the ball.

Despite the two steps forward, one step back aspect of the week, Syracuse has a chance to close on a high note. On Saturday, North Carolina product, athlete Moe Neal, is set to decide between the Orange and conference foe Wake Forest. Neal is ranked a 3-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals.com. Not only does Neal appear to be an Erv Philips clone and a perfect hybrid back, but he’s also a FORW. Or, Friend of Robert Washington. Washington is the 4-star, wanted-by-everyone-and-their-mother running back recruit out of North Carolina who just happens to be good friends with Neal.

If Neal does commit on Saturday, Syracuse fans just might see orange-colored rainbows in the sky. And after the week they’ve put together, Shafer and his staff will deserve a vacation.

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Steve Auger is a freelance writer whose work has covered a variety of topics including sports, pets, parenting, healthy living, local government and human interest stories. His work has been published on Care.com, Tom’s of Maine, Purina’s Petcentric.com and the Westford Patch. Steve’s been a diehard Syracuse sports fan for over 25 years. To this day, the words “Smart takes the shot” still make him cringe. Follow him on Twitter @Corner_Cube.
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