Happy Hump Day to all of our readers, and today we take note of World Elephant Day, a holiday dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world’s elephant population. Not a wildlife person? Well, today is also International Youth Day.
Anywho, let’s start with football recruiting. 2016 wide receiver Kolton Huber chats with NJ.com’s Todderick Hunt and says that he’s set a timeline for a college decision. “I think I’ll make a decision early to mid-season,” Huber says, noting that his decision will come between mid-September and early November. He has offers from Syracuse, UConn, Kansas and Buffalo, and he’s receiving interest from Stanford, Wisconsin, Penn State and Missouri. Three predictions on 247 Sports’ Crystal Ball have Huber going Orange.
A scholarship in the 2016 class opened up on Tuesday, with linebacker Adam Giordano quitting the Syracuse football team. The freshman came in as a walk-on, and was expected to be awarded a scholarship in the fall, but Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey said he will not attend Syracuse University.
The upshot of that is that the Orange has an extra scholarship available, and wasted no time exploring other options. Although Syracuse has quarterback Rex Culpepper in the 2016 class, Syracuse reached out to SMU commit David Moore, and he told Scout.com’s Mike McAllister that he will take an official visit to SU with his parents.
Last week, former Syracuse commit Daiquan Kelly was dismissed from Penn State for undisclosed reasons. On Tuesday, multiple reports surfaced that Kelly landed at UMass. “He made an immature mistake and now he has to learn from that, though,” his high school coach told Penn Live’s Greg Pickel.
And to close on football, I’m still continuing to track 2016 WR Kelvin Harmon, who eliminated Syracuse from consideration last month when he released his top six. Harmon is expected to visit Rutgers today, and will announce his decision in October, according to Hunt.
Switching to basketball, 2017 4-star point guard Quade Green tweeted out a photo that had Syracuse and 29 other teams in the shot. Green attends Neumann-Goretti High School, and if that sounds familiar to you, it should. Former SU stars Rick Jackson and Scoop Jardine came from that program. Green has drawn plenty of interest from around the country, and holds offers from Maryland, Mizzou, Providence, Rutgers, Syracuse, Villanova, Xavier and Temple according to Scout.com. Gerry McNamara has been his primary recruiter.
To close on a good note, there has been a lot of trepidation about Syracuse commit Moustapha Diagne, with rumors about eligibility issues. Scout.com’s Ben Sigel, citing a source within the University, says that Diagne will be at SU before the semester begins.
Enjoy your Wednesday!