So there just might be something to the strategy of inviting recruits to home games. Let’s recap the young season, shall we?
More than 40 recruits witnessed the Orange stomp a mudhole in Louisville and walk it dry as Syracuse’s defense, aka The Mob, stifled Malik Cunningham in the home opener. On the offensive side of the ball, the teachings of Robert Anae and Jason Beck showed that it is possible to win games without simply handing the rock off to Sean Tucker, as pleasing (SWIDT) as that is to watch.
After routing UConn on the road, Syracuse returned home this past weekend for a Barn (Dome) Burner against Purdue. The game lived up to the hype even though Purdue bottled up Tucker and the passing game wasn’t crisp.
But fans and recruits witnessed near miraculous heroics as Garrett Shrader Dungey McNabb marched the Orange down the field and connected with Oronde Harrison Gadsden II for the winning touchdown with just seven ticks left on the clock.
And while the electric atmosphere and comeback win should help recruiting, let’s not blame Purdue for the loss. I mean, it’s not their fault. They didn’t know!
So, who exactly attended Saturday’s heart-stopper? For starters, there were a number of Class of 2023 commits according to SI’s Mike McAllister including Jayden Bass, David Clement, Zyian Moultrie-Goddard, and Rashard Perry. Joining the current SU verbals from the Class of 2023 was Maryland DB Ibrahim Barry.
Numerous other recruits received invites and/or attended the game according to their Twitter posts. The list includes:
- Davin Brewton, a Class of 2024 MLB from Red Bank, NJ. The Juice discussed his visit with Brewton.
- Cameron Chmura, a Class of 2024 DL from Wexford, PA
- Juelz Russell, a Class of 2024 WR from Rochester, NY
- Demari Clemons, a Class of 2026 ATH from Buffalo, NY
- David Rodriguez, a Class of 2026 WR from Providence, RI
- Vince Luce, a Class of 2024 OL from Canfield, OH
- Sean Brodnik, a Class of 2024 TE from Philadelphia, PA
- Nolan James, a Class of 2025 ATH from Ramsey, NJ
- Nick Parisi, a Class of 2024 LB from Glen Head, NY
- Tyler Burnham, a Class of 2024 OT from Long Branch, NJ
- Jalen McCain, a Class of 2024 DE/TE from Atco, NJ
- Tyler Degnan, a Class of 2024 OL from Oakton, VA
- Kenneth Everett, a Class of 2024 ATH from Atco, NJ. The Juice discussed his visit with Everett.
- Caleb Brewer, a Class of 2024 OL from Wyomissing, PA. The Juice discussed his visit with Brewer.
- Lukas Vozeh, a Class of 2023 TE from New Jersey who attends IMG Academy in Florida
Class of 2022
Jumping back to the Class of 2022, Syracuse got lucky in missing out on offensive lineman Savion Herring. Herring ended up at Tennessee but was dismissed from the team last week after getting arrested for domestic assault.
Now, let’s discuss Naquil Betrand, who was also invited to the Purdue game.
Betrand committed to Texas A&M back in early August. Syracuse, a finalist for his services, apparently hasn’t stopped recruiting him. And he must still have some interest as Betrand attended the home opener against Louisville.
If Betrand is so set on A&M, why would the coaching staff keep inviting him to games and why would he accept the Louisville invite? This is certainly a situation worth watching.
In hoops news, center Drew Fielder from Southern California Academy recently picked up a Crystal Ball to Providence. 247 Sports’ Travis Branham reports that Fielder will be making his decision later today.