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Syracuse’s Football Recruiting Haul Puts It Near Top of Big East

Compared to its rivals, SU’s class has been near the top of the league.

There’s been a lot of debate among Orange Nation about just how excited fans should be about Syracuse’s recent influx of commitments to the 2012 class. Just read through the comments section of The Fizz and you’ll see a huge swinging pendulum of how SU supporters feel about the recent tide of recruits.

Judging by numbers alone, The Dougie has done pretty well to secure 13 commitments through the beginning of July. However, as we all know, the Orange has missed on some of the top recruits it has targeted.

While Chad Kelly and David Perkins chose elsewhere, DeVante McFarlane, James Washington, Ben Lewis, Jason Emerich and a host of others have all gone Orange.

So, is the glass half empty or half full?

Following a bowl victory last season, the Orange is past the point where we need to throw a parade after signing a three-star recruit. But being only two seasons removed from the Groobers Error, SU is not quite to point where we can expect it to sign nationally touted recruits.

As The Fizz wrote recently, its unfair to judge Syracuse by whether they can out-recruit programs like Alabama and Notre Dame. It can’t. To fairly judge how Syracuse is doing in recruiting, we have to compare them against the competition they’ll face on the field: the rest of the Big East.

When looking through that lens, SU’s ability to land good talent but not elite recruits is the league norm. To this point, no five-star recruits have committed to any Big East schools, and according to ESPNU’s star rankings, only seven total four stars have chosen Big East schools. While we all agree scouting services do not always accurately reflect talent, Syracuse has succeeded where some of its closest competition has failed.

Rutgers has three 4-star recruits, but only eight commitments total. Syracuse right now stands with Cincinnati at the front of the Big East. In the last few weeks, the Orange has gotten commitments from a Maryland wideout, a Pennsylvania lineman, a Florida defensive end, and a Long Island running back. The Dougie has continued his success bringing in New York talent, as well as scoring some victories in key pipeline states.

This is where Syracuse football stands heading into year three of the Marrone Program: Safely out of the basement (although some of GRob’s belongings might still be down there), but not quite the penthouse. While this class might not have a star, from this vantage point Marrone’s glass looks half full.

Posted: Steve Neikam

11 Comments on this Post

  1. You have to consider how TCU is doing as well. This recruiting class is for when the Horned Frogs enter the Big East and they are tearing it up. They have five 4-stars alone and they virtually have a monopoly on Texas since they’re the only Big East team recruiting there.

  2. mdb80

    would it kill you to call the coach by his name.

    also would be nice if you would make up your mind on recruiting. one day its ‘syracuse will never get good recruits’, then its “stars don’t matter’, then its ‘should we be happy about two star recruit’, and now after you have fans worried syracuse is apparently doing great????

    which is it?

  3. Dr. Bill

    TCU entering the Big East is really going to help all of the teams. TCU is not going to just run through the Big East like everyone thinks.

    As far as recruiting, their presence in the BE will help all of the teams recruit Texas. West Virginia and Pitt are already set up to recruit Texas based on members of their Staffs having coached in Texas. Is the Cuse ready to compete for some Texas Beef…… that is the question. We did actually beat Texas in Texas for our only national title in 1959. Go Cuse

  4. mademan

    I think Rutgers is going to have best class when the smoke clears They already have three four star commits and they are the favorite for 11 four star recruits and one five star. Jeff Hafley was the worst thing to happen to you cuse fans. You got 16 commits and 13 are not even ranked. Stars do matter look at the SEC. Syracuse will never out recruit us because nobody wants to play in upstate ny by Vermont and Canada lol

  5. Dr Bill

    Mademan,
    Recruiting is one thing, Coaching and Winning is another thing. Rutgers has lost to the Cuse the last two meetings. With all of this top level recruiting you are doing….. why no big time winning?
    Stars matter at every place but Notre Dame and Rutgers, places where Coaching matters, and you guys fall woefully Short in that
    area. Rutgers, big on talking….. short on……………

  6. Dr Bill

    Mademan,
    Recruiting is one thing, Coaching and Winning is another thing. Rutgers has lost to the Cuse the last two meetings. With all of this top level recruiting you are doing….. why no big time winning?
    Stars matter at every place but Notre Dame and Rutgers, places where Coaching matters, and you guys fall woefully Short in that
    area. Rutgers, big on talking….. short on……………

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