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Wait, THAT Tyrone Wheatley?

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Yes, Syracuse has filled the recently vacated Running Backs Coach position with Tyrone Wheatley. That Tyrone Wheatley.

The former NFL running back. The incredible Giants bust in the early 90s.

Just another name in the litany of broken NYG draft tears of that era – Jarrod Bunch, Ron Dayne, Derek Brown, Dave Brown, Thomas Lewis and the blind guy, Cedric Jones.

Yet, here’s The Wheat Mancoming to The Hill to joinMarrone’s Marauders after a brief stint at Eastern Michigan as recruiting coordinator.

We went to a Fizzy sourcewith an ear close to the recruiting ground and asked, is this a good move by SU?

“Great choice. He did very well there and was due for an upgrade.”

Did he get kids to Ypsilanti?

“Yes. He was considered a very good recruiter.”

Well, very good might be a slight overstatement. EMU’s class was ranked dead last in the country – #120 – by Scout.com a few days ago. Of course, when you’re battling the Ohio’s of the world (not Ohio State) for kids in the rust belt, it’s a tough go.

To be fair, it’s hard to truly get a feel for what Wheatley was able to do at EMU. He was only there for one full season. As soon as his NFL career ended (which it’s hard to believe spanned an entire decade), Wheat put his hand in the coaching ranks with positions on the Bucs and Steelers staffs.

Looking at EMU’s recruiting class, the Eagles did pluck kids from all over the country – including Ohio, Florida and New Jersey – which is something he’ll have to do again at Syracuse.

The Fizz is still disappointed Roger Harriott had to leave because his wife said so, er… because it was the right thing for his family.

But hey, as Marrone builds the 1995 NFL All-Stars – now including Rob Moore AND Tyrone Wheatley – somewhere Tim Biakabutuka updates his resume.

(Photo Credit: Flickr, HardyC)

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