Scelfo May Visit Syracuse Soon, Will Wait Another Week Before Closing Offers

The Georgia lineman is still waiting on his options with less than a month before NSD.

Is Syracuse recruit Joseph Scelfo holding out for a Georgia Tech offer? It seems that way. If nothing else the offensive lineman from Bogart, Georgia is waiting another week for bigger schools to offers. Then he says he’s closing the door. “Nasty Joe” has some options on the table already (like SU, Southern Miss, and UAB), but a show of faith from his hometown school is the biggest thing missing on his list with Signing Day less than a month away.

The 6-foot-2, 276 pounder has played offensive guard, but has worked at center and believes that may be where he fits best in college. Scelfo tells The Fizz that he’s not waiting on Tech, and understandably could be losing patience with the Yellow Jackets.

“If they want to offer me then they can. It’s been a while – they’ve been following me since my sophomore year, and they still haven’t offered. I don’t really know what they need to see from me.”

In the meantime, the Orange remains high on Scelfo’s list. He’s told The Fizz the move to the ACC has definitely made SU more desirable. SU initially showed interest in him because Recruiting Coordinator Greg Adkins previously coached with Joseph’s father, current Falcons Tight Ends Coach Chris Scelfo. He says he’ll likely visit the Hill before Signing Day.

“They’re up there. I think I’m going to take an official there this month. If everything works out I’ll take one there and see how it goes.”

There’s no doubt Syracuse is still in the picture. After all, SU is the strongest school to offer Scelfo a scholarship thus far.

But overall, the lineman’s recruiting picture is very murky. He told The Fizz back in September his recruitment was wide open, and it sounds like not very much has changed since then.

Scelfo couldn’t even say with much assurance where he’ll take his official visits. He’s visiting Louisiana Tech this weekend, but beyond that, he doesn’t know for sure where else he’ll tour. He wants to visit at least four different campuses, and plans on visiting Syracuse, but again, that’s “if everything works out.”

Eventually, the conversation with Scelfo turned back to what he’s waiting for, rather than what he already has.

“With the bigger schools coming in now, I’m going to give it a week. Then after a week we’ll see what comes in and then I’m going to stop there. Anyone else who comes in, I’ll tell them that they waited too late.”

UCLA is a bigger school that might offer him a scholarship.

“It’s pretty far away though.”

Clearly, Scelfo is hopeful that a couple larger programs will swoop in and offer him. That’s why he’s so noncommittal about even taking officials to the schools currently on his list. He says he has no idea where he’ll end up signing.

“I don’t really have a gut feeling. Everybody says that once you step on a campus you’ll have that feeling about it, but honestly every school I’ve visited I felt that way. It’s just makes it harder.”

Only time will tell if the Georgia lineman has true interest in the Orange, or if he’s merely waiting for a school like Georgia Tech to deliver a last-minute offer. The problem is, time is running out.

Posted: Andrew Kanell

7 Comments on this Post

  1. OrangeCrush22

    Dump him. Sounds like Kenneth Goins to me. You want student-athletes to come to a place they like, not where they’re forced to because its the “best offer” they can get.

  2. Thanks for following up on this, guys. I say he’s a good get if he comes to ‘cuse. You want someone who steps on the field with a chip on their shoulder against a team that didn’t offer him and with something to prove in general. It will make Nasty Joe that much nastier when he steps on the field against GT.

  3. orangeskin

    It sounds like SU’s only hope to land this kid is if no SEC school or Ga Tech offers him in the next week. If none of that happens, then he’ll take an official visit at SU. If he gets an SEC or Ga. Tech offer, he’s eliminating SU and won’t come for a visit. I’m not all that optimistic the kid ends up in Syracuse, but we’ll see. Even if he does come, how is it going to work out if he feels like he “settled” for SU?

  4. Moutain Man Cuse

    Scout lists North Carolina and Florida State with offers to this kid. It also says the Cuse is low on his radar. Whatever the outcome, this class is the best recruiting class we have had in a long time! Go Cuse!

  5. Jesse H

    Fizz, to my knowledge there tends not to be any real surprises on signing day. Are there any interested 4 or 5 stars that may be offered a scholarship that we know nothing about? Rippy comes to mind.


  6. I don’t buy the dump him idea, just because he likes GT. Bud Tribbey wanted V-Tech, didn’t get the offer and “settled” for SU. He wasn’t a superstar, but he gave his all while he was here with a great attitude. And he clearly was a good contributor. SU isn’t in a position to say no to a player who can help. That’s cutting the nose to spite the face.

  7. Guys, I definitely think if Syracuse can have him, then they should take him. He’s a good kid who will have a good attitude wherever he winds up, even if that school wasn’t always his first choice.


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