3 Syracuse football commits react to coaching changes

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In the past week, Syracuse football lost both of its coordinators from the 2022 season.

Offensive coordinator Robert Anae is headed to NC State for the same position with Dave Doeren’s staff, and defensive coordinator Tony White is on his way to Nebraska to take the same job under new head coach Matt Rhule.

Syracuse moved immediately on the offensive side of the ball, naming quarterbacks coach Jason Beck the new offensive coordinator. He was previously OC at Simon Fraser for a season in 2012. He then joined Robert Anae for the last 10 seasons at BYU, Virginia and Syracuse.

Meanwhile, passing game coordinator Nick Monroe will be SU’s interim defensive coordinator during the Pinstripe Bowl against Minnesota. He’s served under head coach Dino Babers since 2014 at Bowling Green.

The Juice Online spoke with three commitments in the 2023 class—tight end David Clement, linebacker Zyian Moultrie-Goddard, and EDGE Jalil Smith—about how the coaching changes affected their commitments.

So far, the answer is not at all:

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If anything, recruiting momentum has accelerated despite the departure of the two coaches.

Over the weekend, Syracuse received two commitments from a pair of offensive linemen in Vincent Carroll-Jackson, a three-star lineman from Central Daulphin (PA) East, and Joe More, a graduate transfer from Richmond with one year of eligibility remaining.

So far, there are no decommitments, and the permanent appointment of a defensive coordinator in the near future should help solidify the class SU has put together so far.

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