McAllister: Jamal Custis can be big playmaker for Syracuse

Mike McAllister from calls in to talk about the latest in Syracuse football recruiting with host Wesley Cheng on The Juice on the Cuse podcast hosted by Editor in chief Brad Bierman also calls in to chat about Syracuse’s slow start to the 2013 season.

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Here are the highlights from the interview:

It’s been a tough start to the season

The Juice Online: Syracuse received a commitment from 6’6″ wide receiver Jamal Custis. How big of a get is that for the Orange?

Mike McAllister: He’s big literally and figuratively. He’s got the 6-foot-6, 220 pound frame, which is kind of the ideal frame that you’d like to see for someone who’s been in college for a couple of years and still in high school. It means that he’s got a lot to work with and he’s the type of player they can use as a mismatch: Maybe too fast or too quick for linebackers to cover but is too big for a traditional corner, especially when you look at him in the red zone weapon. His future at Syracuse is maybe putting on a little bit more weight and being a wide receiver, tight end hybrid.

TJO: Has the Scott Shafer era produced better recruits so far?

MM: It’s the best that Syracuse has been in the last couple of years. They have the potential to be somewhere in the 45-55 range, which considering the fact that Syracuse has started 0-2, yet each of the Sundays after a disappointing loss, Syracuse has added a commitment. The fact that the class is sticking together, they love Syracuse, they’re optimistic about the future, it tells you that it’s not time to panic, and the recruiting should be considered encouraging.


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1. Intro
2.’s Mike McAllister calls in
3. Jamal Custis commitment
4. Losing out on Qadree Ollison
5. What are the biggest names SU is pursuing?
6. How has Scott Shafer recruited?
7. The Juice Online Editor in Chief Brad Bierman calls in
8. Slow start to the season
9. Time to switch QBs?
10. Syracuse fans overreacting?
11. Closing Thoughts and Wrap Up

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Wes has worked for covering the New York Knicks, as well as for covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, 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 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]