Already A Win for Syracuse To Be In The Chad Kelly Sweepstakes Until the End

Orange fans would love to reel in the big fish, but history tells us it’s already a win.

Buffalo News

Credit Syracuse and Doug Marrone for still being in the Chad Kelly Sweepstakes until the very bitter end. Three years ago, this was a program stuck under a boulder, suffocated to near death under the weight of incompetence and losing. The Groobers Error had created an atmosphere of intense negativity over four years, the likes of which we had never experienced as Orange Nation. Syracuse hung a scarlet and orange “A” for apathy around Otto’s neck.

Because the climb back up the mountain has been so swift (bowl win in year two?), the faith in The Dougie so complete, it’s easy for SU fans to want it all. Clearly, we’re not delusional. No one thinks Syracuse is going to all of a sudden become the TCU of the Big East (although, now with the Horned Frogs in the Big East we’ll have to change that metaphor). But the next step in creating a Northeastern football force, like SU last enjoyed during the McNabb Era, is by locking down a few stud recruits – especially one in Western New York.

Which brings us to Kelly. The cold, hard truth is the blue-chip signal-caller with the big arm and NFL Hall of Fame bloodlines is likely going to choose Clemson or Alabama Thursday at 5:00p in a news conference back up in Buffalo. And once again, Syracuse fans will wonder when it’s their turn to celebrate reeling in one of the big boys. After the Ishaq drama, the Kevin McReynolds’ tease, and the David Perkins’ last-minute escape, Orange Nation desperately wants to be on the winning end of a top-flight recruiting battle. Yeah, it’s nice to beat out Rutgers and Pitt to a kid. But when do we run (and win) with the big dogs?

And while the chips look stacked against SU once again for Kelly, we should give The Dougie credit even before the final decision. Syracuse made the final list of choices for the quarterback and when The Fizz spoke to him at the Upstate/Downstate Classic he seemed sincerely excited about the Orange and its coaching staff.

“Coach Marrone, Coach Hackett, I probably have the best relationship with them out of any of the coaches I’ve talked to. Coach Hackett, he’s awesome man; making me laugh all the time and everything. He took great care of us today, Coach Marrone did too. It was just great. I’m happy to be here and thankful for everything that’s happened.”

What stood out to Kelly in his process with Syracuse?

“I’d probably say my relationship with the coaches. They definitely put themselves high on the list for sure, today was a great visit just got to know more and more people and plus the players, not every place I got visit with the players but talking to them sitting with em right now, they’re pretty sweet.”

While Syracuse is busy trying to raise money to build facilities to rival the elite of the Big East, Kelly is traveling through a part of the country right now with two seasons: Football and Spring Football. Alabama competes for National Championships. Clemson eats and breathes pigskin. Syracuse is just a few years removed from one-win seasons and national punch lines.

It’ll be an enormous upset victory if Kelly chooses Syracuse on Thursday afternoon. And while SU is past crawling, it still needs to walk before it can run. Give Kelly and his family credit. This won’t be an in-season distraction or a National Signing Day ESPNU bonanza. They’ve done their due diligence. Whittled down the list. Taken the visits and will make a decision at their school in the middle of the summer. A nod of the cap to The Dougie that Syracuse isn’t only still in this thing, but expected to be there and not just a fly swatted away early in the process. Unfortunately, it’s just still a little too early for Syracuse to win that race just yet.

Posted: D.A.

18 Comments on this Post

  1. let me put this simply

    winning is winning


    losing is losing

    i’ve never celebrated su being behind only a touchdown at the start of the 4th quarter even during the grob era. I won’t do it now either.

    being in the game with better recruits like kelly is a positive sign..but isn’t a win.

    like dom said in the fast in the furious…’ask any real racer winning is winning’.

  2. How many times do we loose talent before you realize its no good to be in the fight and loose. We really haven’t won a real battle yet. At least with our own home grown talent, at least. Hell, for Kelly we are 3rd in choice. He does have issues so losing him might hurt that much. We’ll have to see. Jones is a more important get than this spoiled kid.

  3. DrBill

    Wow…. I agree 100% . There is no moral victories. Second place is the first loser. We have to start winning these recruiting wars and sign the players we need to sign until then….. we have not accomplished much. That is what our perspective should be. Go Cuse.

  4. The recruits will come. They need the wins on the field first, then you’ll be seen as a viable destination for top level recruits. Improving records and a 3rd tier bowl game victory help. How to get the top recruits? Beat USC and come in second place in the Big East. That would be the fastest, best, and most convenient way to do so.


  5. Terry, it would be easier for them if you say ‘lose’ instead of ‘loose’, tough to tke u serious like that.

  6. Jack Martell

    We need facilities stat. If you were an elite recruit, you want to see commitment to football. Have you seen pics of the treatment room/tubs? Pathetic. As a football player, keeping your body healthy and in top shape is of utmost importance. This is why it is important for SU to upgrade the facilities so that we can say with conviction that the recruit has access to those things that will help heal him and make him a better player.

  7. I think we can all agree that we’d rather have Kelly than Nassib… just throwing out the obvious here.

  8. uh its not kelly or nassib

    its we want kelly over kinder/miller/hunt/broyld

  9. haha very true.

  10. FSU received a QB commit last night. Favorite right now is Clemson, followed by Bama and SU

  11. its clemson look at the kids twitter.

    he is going back and forth with taj boyd(clemsons starting qb) and flirting with two clemson girls…..


    of course this is a win for SU according to orange fizz lol.

    just hope there aren’t many more ‘wins’ like this.

    now we get to hear all of the ‘kelly was overrated anyway and is immature’ but of course same people post how broyld is the future because at 19 he dominated hs football in a region with terrible talent and when taunted by fans exposed himself…so how is kelly the overrated immature recruit lol.

  12. I understand why everyone’s upset (assuming he goes to Clemson/Bama) but you also have to realize what type of major upset it would be for SU to win this battle. Its not like SU trailing by 3 in the final 2:00 and losing. It’s SU trailing by 3 in the final 2:00 vs the Philadelphia Eagles. That’s how tilted the recruiting playing field is between SU and power football schools.

  13. da come on be serious

    syracuse beating clemson to a recruit is the like syracuse playing the philadelphia eagles within three at start of fourth quarter……do you have any idea the gap between a middle of the pack in the big east and the philadephia eagles?

    keep the comparison realistic

    it would be an upset but that is a joke of a comparison.

  14. i guess a better question would be that collier chose su over clemson… was that like su beating the eagles?

  15. It’s too bad Collier didn’t turn into the stud we all hoped, but SU beating a kid on Clemson or Bama to me is absolutely a HUGE upset in a recruiting war. I hope one day we get there, but unfort. I just think the hill is too steep to win that battle right now.

  16. Glory Orange Days

    Paul will out recruit us at Uconn as a measure of revenge, its’s karma.

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