When 2023 Haymarket (VA) Battlefield defensive lineman Ty Gordon was in Central New York last weekend, he had a good feeling about Syracuse.
“I went on the official visit,” Gordon said in an interview with The Juice Online. “I just love the atmosphere and energy that they gave me when I was there.”
That visit pushed Gordon to commit to the Orange on Saturday, flipping his original commitment from Old Dominion. He committed to the Monarchs in July over offers from New Hampshire, Holy Cross and Monmouth.
After much consideration, I have decided to flip my commitment and continue my football career at Syracuse University!!🍊@CoachHatfield1 @CoachBabersCuse @CChipwest @CoachAhmadCuse @bostic_mckenzie pic.twitter.com/ca2nlMraMe
— Ty Gordon (@TyGordon2723) December 17, 2022
When Gordon was on his visit, he had an opportunity to take in SU’s facilities and also catch practice as Syracuse gears up for the 2022 Pinstripe Bowl.
He liked what he saw.
“I see that the team they have is young and hungry,” Gordon said. “They get after it all and they are all like a family.”
Among the family that Gordon will join are fellow 2023 defensive line commits Rashard Perry and Jalil Smith. Syracuse also added Alabama defensive line transfer Braylen Ingraham earlier in the week.
Defensive line was a position Syracuse needed to address in the offseason, and they’ve done so in a big way.
“I’m looking forward to being apart of family and working for my spot in practice,” Gordon said.
Gordon announced his commitment to the Orange the same day Syracuse announced it had replaced outgoing defensive coordinator Tony White with Rocky Long. Long had spent the last three seasons with New Mexico and was one of the original innovators of the 3-3-5 defense that the Orange currently runs.
While the 6-foot-2, 267-pound prospect doesn’t know his new DC well, he’s confident it will be a good fit for the Orange.
“I believe and trust in (Long) to help us succeed,” Gordon said. “I believe in coach Babers and he’s the one who hired him. So why would I not (trust Long)?”