FizzCast: Inside SU’s Sunshine State Pipeline, Ritchy Desir Next Impact Player

Miami Herald recruiting czar Larry Bluestein discusses what Marrone has done right in Florida.

Since we’re nearing the stretch run of the summer recruiting season, and pulling ever closer to opening night of the 2011 SU football season on September 1st, we evaluate the Orange’s ’11 and ’12 recruiting classes in the latest Fresh FizzCast.

While it’s easy to be skeptical that Doug Marrone hasn’t been landing the elite blue-chipper, Hoffman says there’s still a lot to be excited about with the way Marrone recruits.

“The more of these under-the-radar guys that come in that are big, strong, athletes. Guys that also have a lot of room to grow into their bodies as they get older, the more and more I like what Doug Marrone is doing.”

The Orange once again went into the Sunshine State and pulled out an athlete it hopes can be a difference-maker. The newest traveler on the Florida-Syracuse pipeline is Jacksonville linebacker Leroy Owens.

“He does his homework, and finds a kid who’s 6-foot-4, 200 pounds now, going into his senior year. So let’s say Owens works his tail off this year and clearly the kid’s got a pretty good work ethic, and he gets to be 6-4, 210. Now let’s say he gets to Syracuse early and gets in the off season weight program at SU, puts on another 10 pounds. Now by the time he starts his career at SU, he’s 6-foot-4, 220. Then, the next three years he has in the program, he’s working out everyday with elite athletes, he’s got better facilities, and he gets up to 6-foot-4, 235 pounds. Now you’re looking at a prototypical big NFL-sized linebacker.”

I believe players like Owens show why Scout and Rivals aren’t the be all and end all of recruiting.

“That’s not to trash guys like Ishaq Williams and David Perkins. But just because David Perkins has tons of potential, there’s no reason why other kids with lower ratings (from scouting services) don’t also have tons of potential, have good physical characteristics, and look good on tape. They’re just not as sought after by different schools because they’re more under the radar.”

The Fizz’s Recruiting Czar of Florida, the Miami Herald’s Recruiting Editor Larry Bluestein, drops by the FizzCast for his annual visit. He weighs in on Owens, and raves about his athleticism. But over the past couple years of Syracuse recruiting classes, the guy he’s highest on is Miami prospect Ritchy Desir.

“Somewhere down the line in a Syracuse newspaper I could just see that preview of the Syracuse season with Ritchy Desir with a cape on with a big ‘S’ on his chest. Because this is Mr. Rescue. This is a guy who’s used to playing 70 snaps a game. This is a caged lion that’s athletic. He’s you’re worst enemy when he’s playing cornerback and your worst enemy when you’re playing safety.”

Tune into the FizzCast to hear much more more from Bluestein. The Fizz’s Dave Van Moffaert also discusses whether 4-star defensive standout Deaysean Rippy will follow high school teammate Dontez Ford to Syracuse.

Posted: Andrew Kanell

11 Comments on this Post

  1. Great FizzCast! You hit on of all the topics of kids under the radar. One of the best FizzCasts I have heard in a long time. Can’t wait to see these players play football under the Marone system. Again, good job.

    Stay away from raccoons in the day time.

  2. orijinal

    That interview with Larry Bluestein was second to none. It is THE “need-to-hear” Syracuse podcast for any die-hard Syracuse football fan and recruit watcher.

    Fantastic job. I’ve given the Orange Fizz some grief for some of the things said on the site, but I have to give props where the props are due. And this deserves all of it and then some.

  3. Connor

    This is sick cus I got desirs autograph today

  4. Thanks guys. Really really appreciate the love!


  5. I say to all of the people who has complained over the last two weeks about this site under reporting on future recruits should listen to the interview that Andy Kanell had with Larry Bluestein on today’s “FIZZCAST”. Mr. Bluestein let us know how good the kids are that has committed for 2011 and how good the kids are that is considering SU in 2010.

    Mr. Kanell should be commended for a job well done. The interview was superb,very informative. Thank you.

    Because of the hard work done by the SU coaching staff,the future is looking real bright.

    GO CUSE!

  6. Dr Bill

    Great Fizzcast. It was nice to hear your “expert” confirm what I have been saying for over one year…. that the star system is flawed and marrone has gone “Old School” and is evaluating players that fit his system and offering players who he feels can help him win….. this is the way staff’s recruited players in the days before there were scouting services. Once these raw recruits get to campus, it is the job of our excellent staff to coach the players up and play to win. HCDM could be revolutionizing recruiting with this approach. Go Cuse

  7. Ronny Ronny Ronny. You were so caught up in people saying nice things about SU guys that you didn’t hear anything else! I hosted the Fizzcast and did that interview as I have been doing the entire summer! Regardless if you can tell Kanell and I apart thanks for the kind words.

    Craig Hoffman aka not Andrew Kanell

  8. I apologize Craig,Craig,Craig,for the mistake. The reason I gave Kanell the credit was his name was at the end of the post.
    To be honest with you yesterday was the very first time that I ever listened to it,and came away very impressed by what was said.
    To make things right, you’re the one who deserves credit for a job well done. The interview with Larry Bluestein was incrediable.
    I didn’t hear your name mentioned at the beginning of the broadcast yesterday.I’m going to replay it again this morning. I’ll try not to make this mistake again.

    It was a great,interview Craig.

    GO CUSE!

  9. Thanks pal!


  10. saltine44

    tell Marrone & Co. that he needs to get down to Fleming Island, FL about 15 miles north of Palatka. There is about 5 kids at the high school QB Cade Bell being one that have a ton of potential. about 5 miles north is another hot bed in Orange Park. These guys can run, athletic and most play in a pretty sophisticated system. At FI high most have to commit to only 1 sport and that’s all they do. 12-1 last year and will be even better this year.

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