All in the Family: Wayne Morgan is Helping Syracuse Land NYC’s Finest

“Lights Out” brought NYC stars Ebenezer Ogundeko & Augustus Edwards to campus.

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Move over Tyrone Wheatley, there’s another influential recruiter making an impact for Syracuse right now: Wayne Morgan. The Fizz spoke to the incoming Brooklyn wide receiver during his trip to The Hill for the Spring Game last weekend. “Lights Out” was also on campus the week before, and brought some of his buddies from home with him.

Morgan was accompanied by 6’4″ 240 lb. DE Ebenezer Ogundeko from Thomas Jefferson High (pictured left) and RB Augustus Edwards from Tottenville High (pictured right). They just happen to be two of the top prospects in New York. Both are high on the Orange, and loved their unofficial visits according to Morgan.

“Ebenezer and Augustus – they were up [in Syracuse] with me and they loved it here. They had the time of their lives. The first night when we were back, they kept calling me, talking about the trip and saying how much fun they had. Hopefully they’re going to be coming here.”

Morgan admitted he’s looking to be the Brandon Reddish of this year’s class. Brandon and Wayne had been friends all their lives, growing up playing football just minutes apart from each other. Reddish played a huge role in landing the Erasmus star on Signing Day, and Wayne will be picking up that responsibility this year.

The Fizz highlighted three of the top Big Apple prospects recently, and the law firm of Ebenezer & Edwards landed on our list. Marrone has focused a ton of energy on the pipeline to NYC, and it’s paying dividends. Here’s where Morgan’s commitment goes beyond just his play. Ogundeko has over 20 scholarship offers from schools including Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, and Ohio State among others. But he’s apparently crazy about Syracuse because of that connection with Morgan. “Lights Out” will not only add playmaking ability on offense, but has a high profile in the 5-boroughs football scene.

Edwards also has a relationship to his Tottenville teammate and Syracuse commit Alvin Cornelius. Marrone’s mission of owning New York City is starting to pick up steam. Edwards rushed for nearly 1,500 yards last fall, and Ogundeko piled up 11 sacks and 79 tackles. SU lost Ishaq Williams two years ago, but might now have the influence in the Big Apple to land the big fishes down there.

The Fizz also asked Morgan making his return to the tri-state area against USC at the Meadowlands in September.

“Everybody [is looking forward to that game]. Even everybody in my neighborhood, every time they see me, they say ‘oh man, I’m going to that USC game.’ That is going to be a great experience for me, playing against USC at [Metlife] Stadium.”

Well Doc Gross, here’s looking at you. He’s caught huge flak for taking games out of the Dome, but here’s where those decisions pay off. Create exposure and big game events in huge stadiums, and recruits get excited. It would seem likely Ogundeko and Edwards will be at that game, along with other NYC recruits.

SU already has a great inside edge on two of the top prospects in-state thanks to Morgan. He hasn’t even put on an Orange uniform yet, but the Brooklyn star is already “Lights Out” on the recruiting trail.

Posted: Kevin Fitzgerald


20 Comments on this Post

  1. Yeah, I wouldn’t get your hopes up on this one, guys. No one is good enough friends with someone to get them to commit to Syracuse over “Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.”

    Let’s be a little realistic.

  2. Mountain Man Cuse

    Great post! Landing Ebenezer would be a HUGE impact in Marrones recruiting! The kid is a beast and would be a star at the Cuse! Looks like a lot of prospects are in Georgia, again! I LOVE the future and direction the football program is going. The new facilities will be a plus!

  3. Derek

    This makes me so happy. (1) Fizz is covering football recruiting again. (2) We have two ridiculously talented prospects that might want to play ball here. It’s funny how this “shutting down NY” strategy seemed doomed with so many great players leaving the state, but landing these guys one after the other is picking up steam. Who would’ve thought landing Reddish would lead to this?

    Marrone. That’s who.

    Anyways, there’s a long way to go and some great schools in the running. Experience tells me not to get my hopes up too much, but honestly, even if we have a mediocre season, those two guys could decide to come to SU together and completely change the complexion of this program almost immediately on both sides of the ball.

  4. So happy to see the focus returning to Football recruiting. ESPN posted a video updating E.O.’s top 5 with Bama, “Cuse, UConn, Florida, and 1 other. He decommitted from Uconn already, and I dont see him going back.

    One major question. There’s been no word on QB Chris Leviano out of Hicksville. ESPN has him as the #1 recruit in New York, yet SU hasnt offered. I thought getting a QB thi season was one of Maronne’s biggest focuses…yet Rutgers & BC appear to be making the most progress with him. Just wondering if you can offer an update.

  5. chris

    Morgan’s efforts are certainly noted and appreciated but nothing shines more than success. If and when we get these verbals then we should congratulate “LightsOut” with a ride on our shoulders. I hope it happens soon so we can saywe are on our way . Two high level players from NYS would be more than just good.

  6. posted this morning on ESPN recruiting trail..

    It seems just a matter of time until Chris Laviano’s list of scholarships continues to grow.

    The four-star quarterback from Hicksville (N.Y.) Holy Trinity currently has two scholarship offers, from Boston College and Rutgers.

    Miami, Purdue, North Carolina State and Syracuse are all scheduled to visit the school during the spring evaluation period.

    Maryland visited this morning and Alabama is scheduled to be there Tuesday.

  7. Chris:
    The good news is Wayne is in constant contact with these guys, and is bringing them up to campus, showing the effort, etc. It’s true, there still is a long recruiting process ahead but this is first step down “success” trail. Top recruits getting the best exposure leads to reeling in better and better guys. Then you start seeing the wins.

    It has been a process, but if Cuse were to wrap a least a couple of those guys from the list of Ogundeko/Edwards/Laviano and even Laray Smith, who is a very talented RB from Brooklyn (also good friends with Wayne) than I think Marrone can really rest his hat on that region and the city area. It’s just that, a process, and HCDM has stuck with it.

    We’ll get in touch with Laviano sooner or later with some info.

    Signature Marrone comment to finish up….

    “We have to be able to get the best players out of this state before we can go to another state and try to get one of their best players.”

  8. with being new yorks college team there’s nothing better than getting top talent from new york city. would love to get these players. with joining the acc we need football facilities and we’ll be cruising along well. go orange..

  9. CoachDuff

    Wait, Wayne Morgan is gonna play wide out at Syracuse what happened to playing in the secondary? I know he was very versatile in HS playing QB, WR, returning kicks, as well as defensive back. Is he inked or penciled in at WR?

  10. Wayne "Night Night" Morgan

    I penciled in behind my bro kobena. Haha me and laray aint friends but i know the dude. Eb loved the cuse baby!

  11. Great coverage and we are New York’s Football team and Dr Goodlooking Gross is doing a fine job. I was at the spring game and was impressed by the speed of the defense, the TE’s Sales and Ashton.

    This program should do fine this year if we have a creative offense and stay healthy

  12. Apologies on my part guys, don’t worry, Wayne will be patrolling the secondary this season. But according to him, maybe he wouldn’t mind playing with his bro Kobena!

  13. Adam Douglas

    The only issue with trying to lock up NYC is that cuse campus simply isn’t that close! I’d try locking down the local area first, i.e. the Jarron Jones and Quentin Gauses of NY.

  14. Russell MacEachern

    I agree with Coach Duff,at his size Morgan’s a natural corner if he’s too get to the next level…and whats with all these were NYs team comments?Don’t u realize how insecure that makes us look?we are the only D1 school in the state…lets let it speak for itself…this insecurity will stick to us like the Groober’s excuse’s…we need a coach with personality who can recruit and has headcoaching experience..heck we even lost Al Page from the Bronx a bigtime DT who will star at RU for the next 4yrs..geez.

  15. Terry

    It won’t matter if the team finishes under .500 and the trolls man HCDM is fired. They won’t come here either!!!

  16. Russell MacEachern

    you might be right Terry…a couple of days after Ogundekos UConn commitment he visited RU and dropped his commitment when RU offered??…kids are fickle,..lets wait and see before celebrating…what say u mademan?


    Yeah Wayne & Alvin,

    Keep Bringing in hard hittin New Yorker’s. Keep hitting the gym and show em how we do it down here in THE CITY next fall, We’ll be Cheerin for ya.

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