Syracuse Pulls Out of Race for Tyrone Neal, Number Crunch on Scholarships

The linebacker had SU near the top of his list, but the Orange retracts its offer.

The Fizz has learned Syracuse has retracted its scholarship offer to linebacker Tyrone Neal. Last week it looked as though Neal had narrowed down his list to three schools – Nebraska, West Virginia and Syracuse. However, Neal’s head coach, Jim Ward, tells The Fizz the Orange removed itself for the services of the middle linebacker as the ’12 class for SU fills up.

“Syracuse was a school he had very high on his list but they are not sure about taking another linebacker (for the ’12 class), which would obviously stop Tyrone from going to Syracuse. He had an affection towards Syracuse but I don’t know if that is going to work out in terms of numbers.”

So SU is essentially off Neal’s list. The race is now between Nebraska, Illinois, Texas Tech and West Virginia to land the blitz happy linebacker, according to Ward. Tyrone had strong feelings toward the Orange and his recruiter Dan Conley.

“He had a great rapport with Dan and I think that was a little disappointing in terms of where they had to put their final scholarships. There is a lot of trust and respect coming into the door that you don’t always get coming from a college coach. They did a phenomenal job in recruiting Tyrone and I believe at one point, even up until the end, Syracuse was probably number one.”

It’s disappointing that Neal had the Orange at the top of his list and SU couldn’t reel him because of numbers. Tyrone is a three-star talent and a very effective blitzer. Scott Shafer could have had another weapon to pressure the quarterback.

But numbers prevent SU from adding another linebacker. The Orange’s verbal commits at the position include  James Washington (FL)Darius Parson (VA)Leroy Owens (FL),Myles Davis (Milford Academy) and Tashon Whitehurst (FL). With five commits already at linebacker, SU doesn’t want to add yet another. Syracuse has also had success converting athletes to the position in Dyshawn Davis, Doug Hogue, and Derrell Smith.

Who’s left to fill the rest of the SU class? The Orange has 21 verbal commits to date. There are two, maybe three, openings left. Syracuse will leave a spot open for Boom Perkins, after his recent de-commit from Notre Dame. Running back George Morris is also high on the ‘Cuse list with an official visit set up for early December. The Syracuse class for ’12 is starting to clarify, but it looks like Neal will not be part of it.

Post: Dave Van Moffaert

6 Comments on this Post

  1. I think everyone knew that something like this was bound to happen with all of the commits that came in early for us. We don’t have the luxury of being selective right now, so it’s just something we have to deal with. It still would’ve been nice to see if we could beat out the likes of Nebraska and West Virginia though.

  2. Oh well HCDM’s thing about UTR talent will kill us again. I just watched 6 games this weekend and all the teams were top 25 teams. Up against us they’d murder us no doubt. Today its all about talent and coaching. Our talent is border line Big Sky and USA conference. Remember NH and Toledo!!! Coaching in fact at the top is terrible. Mid-level coaches the kids play hard for. HCDM has to make up his mind either improve the team as in modern times or keep to his style of UTR talent. To improve poop-can some of these UTR kids. But he rather not recruit talented(Neal)players. It looks bad, if he does that, but it will be forgotten in the future if we win big. Talent wins. Coaching perfects. HCDM is not perfection. His record shows it.

  3. Saltine44

    Terry, chill out. The Dougie already has 5 linebackers coming in and very similar to Neal as relates to talent level. Might be even better with the kids from FL. This signals to me that the Dougie has a good feeling about top talent such as Boom Perkins. Not far reached but when you start pulling scholarships from kids that have SU top on the list, something good is about to happen. Be patient and Go Orange!

  4. Van Moffaert

    I agree Saltine44- The linebackers that are coming in are about the same talent level as Neal. I dont think this is a big loss in terms of recruiting. And as Derek said, SU cant be picky with their recruits at this point


  5. OrangeCrush22

    Plus you have to look at other possible recruits with 2-3 scholarships left. Perkins, Morgan, Goins, Morris, Scelfo, Glinton, Crossan, Henry and Pace. Your not even talking about Whitehead or Wes Brown…..

    I think Neal could have been a good addition, but i think we pick up Crossan, Scelfo and Morgan.

    If not, we have extra scholarships for next year…

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