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Syracuse’s Blockbuster Summer: RB Augustus Edwards Chooses Orange

The Staten Island running back dons Orange and might be Part 1 of the package deal.

Update: 10:37a. Citing improving facilities, a connection with the coaching staff and seeing how hard his friends were working on the Hill, Augustus Edwards chose Syracuse this morning. This is a huge get for SU. Not only does it continues the all-important pipeline to NYC, but also adds a terrific all-around RB to the Orange backfield. He represents Part 1 of the potential”Package Deal” with Ogundeko.

Even if Ebo chooses ND, UF or Ole Miss (some have reported the Rebels are in the mix as well), SU added a huge commit to an already stellar class. This is clearly one of the most exciting summers in program history with the number of highly-sought after recruits SU has added. It should also be underscored how SU beat a handful of ACC programs to Gus. The move to a new, bigger conference is clearly paying dividends. A Staten Island kid did not have Rutgers or UConn on his final list, but instead four ACC schools. Well done, Doug Marrone. This is getting good, baby.

Gus’ family speaking at the end of the presser (including his little brother) was terrific. His dad hammered continuing his hard work in the classroom, and his brother and sister seemed genuinely thrilled for Gus. Appeared to be a great family, and there were all very excited to take part in his big moment. Good day to be an Orange. -D.A.

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Update: 1:24a. According to the New York Post, Augustus Edwards will commit to Syracuse Tuesday morning. The 3-star RB will make it official at his Staten Island High School. Gus will become the 8th member of the Class of 2013 for Syracuse, and also the 2nd NYC product to commit along with JuCo DT Wayne Williams. Edwards has not officially visited any of the other three schools on his final list. We’ll see if the package deal of Edwards and Jefferson OLB/DE Ebenezer Ogundeko holds up when “Ebo” makes his decision in ten days.

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Syracuse’s July recruiting block party might be kicking off this morning at 10am. That’s when 3-star RB Augustus Edwards will be making his decision of where to play in 2013. All those in attendance for his press conference at Tottenville High School on Staten Island will watch as Gus decides between SU, N.C. State, Virginia or Maryland. But one spectator in particular will be watching as closely as anyone. DE/OLB Ebenezer Ogundeko will also be at Edwards’ announcement this morning.

It’s been the story surrounding the pair’s recruitment over the last few months. Are they indeed a package deal? Take Ogundeko’s presence for what it’s worth, but Gus did tell The Fizz last week that since SU is the only school offering both, the likelihood was looking pretty good. The two are obviously close, and perhaps Ogundeko not showing up to the press conference would have been more surprising. Either way, he wouldn’t want to miss his good friends’ decision.

Another friend of Edwards with a rooting interest in where he decides is Syracuse freshman WR Alvin Cornelius, his former Tottenville teammate. The Fizz caught up with Alvin on the eve of Edwards decision and discussed the possibility of the two playing together in the coming years.

“Yes, I’ll be excited for him and me because he works so hard. Whatever he does I’m going to support him.”

While the Wolfpack, Terps and Cavs are ACC schools, none can match Notre Dame and Florida like on Ebo’s list. What could end up being the difference-maker for Augustus is the Syracuse-NYC connection, and being close to home. Cornelius underscored that.

“Those are huge factors. His family is from New York so he doesn’t want to be too far away. But it’s going to come down to his decision and where he wants to go.”

It seems more likely Edwards commits to SU compared to Ogundeko. And there’s no guarantee even if Gus chooses Orange Tuesday that Ebo is following. But even so, adding Gus is a huge boost to this 2013 recruiting class. It continues the dominance in the NYC region by Doug Marrone and John Anselmo by adding a top 3 recruit in the state, and beating out future rivals to get him. Edwards is a quick and agile downhill runner, and would add size to an already growing backfield at SU. He’s a very shifty runner, and has a tremendous ability to break tackles.

So with all eyes on him, including his Brooklyn pal, we’ll see if Edwards puts Part 1 of the potential package deal that was first hatched way back in May.

Posted: Kevin Fitzgerald

33 Comments on this Post

  1. kid will chose su

    then fizz will go on the attack

    attack the kid, his family and he’ll end up somewhere else

  2. July 10, 2012 will be remembered for “the dawning of a new era at Syracuse University Football”.

    GO CUSE;

  3. Now irs fizztime

    Go get him da

    Maybe an article bashing his mom would be a nice touch.

  4. OrangeCrush27

    Great pick up!!!

    We pick up EO, Smith and Officer, ‘Cuse will have put that fence up around NY

  5. Beautiful! I mean what else could be said.Go Orange!

  6. Great Edwards is Orange but thats a galaxy away from getting Ebo Orange as well. Its a factor in that its better rather than worse in the race to get Ogundeko to quit on Notre Dame. Its great that Edwards is coming here but I think its way too early to get excited about Ebenezer. It would bode well for The Fizz to get an early indication from the next big thing before the scheduled announcement. Go Fizz!!

  7. Very excited and proud to see this news today. Welcome to the Cuse Nation, Augustus – go Orange!

  8. It might be too early to be excited about Ebo going Orange, fine, but Edwards in Orange is definitely something to get excited about now. He’s a beast!

  9. I see the recruitment of Edwards as opening the locked door that has kept a lot of the top recruits from joining the Cuse. I expect to see Ebenezer Ogundeko and other top tier recruits signing with the Orange in the near future.

    Welcome to the Orange Nation Augustas. At 6’1″ 220 lbs,is Augustas the type of running back that will remind us all of the running ability of the great Larry Czonka?

    Augustas,I for one would like to say thank you for picking Syracuse. I know if things go according to plan,it’s going to be fun watching you run the ball.

    GO CUSE;

  10. Chris:
    Augustus and Ebenezer are heading up to visit campus this weekend. Huge factor. Ogundeko also now deciding July 24th. Fizzcast being posted shortly w/ more info. Stay tuned…

  11. @ Fitz,when you post that information,would you please add some about the Iowa Transfer that’s on campus now?

    I just want to add,I believe the summer of 2012 is really hugggggggggggggggh for the Syracuse Football program.

    It looks like Coach Marrone’s game plan that he brought to Syracuse 4 years ago IS WORKING.

    Thank you Fizz for keeping us up-to-date about what’s happening and thank you Coach Marrone for coming here to be the head coach.

    GO CUSE:

  12. Russell MacEachern

    Hey Fella’s…………Im speechless…HaHa.Welcome Augustus..

  13. Great news about Gus. Gus and QB Zach Allen are a great foundation for SU Football. More quality recruits will follow!

  14. Cuse Don't Luse

    feel like his decision is greatly overshadowed with the possibility of EO but we need to stop and think about him as well he is a top 50 running back adonis amen moore was said to be a big prospect and he wasn’t even top 100 that is a great jump in only 2 years

  15. WSaltine

    This pickup is very very good for the Orange FB team Hopefully, his friendship will also help land us O as well so the two lads and their family & friends can see them play ball for 4 years. NICE for everyone.

  16. saltine44

    Nice pick-up. Starting to get some solid recruits. If the Orange can in some fashion pull off a “surprise” season and make a bowl game this year, recruiting will grow even stronger. I wonder if Ishaq Williams is seeing all this if he regrets making decision to ND. Heard today that ND is trying to bust up the ACC party to the Orange bowl. ACC should keep them at bay unless they want to join.

  17. i’m so happy for this young rb making this deciscion to come and play college football here at syracuse.i feel this kid will do really well here at syracuse. we were in need of a fast tough rb and this is our guy. i’m very happy for him and syracuse. see you at the dome..

  18. Norma Stitz

    Cuse don’t Luse Adonis was ranked #39 nationally for RBs by Rivals.

    Very excited about Gus being Orange. This is gonna be yet another building block and it will get better on the 24th. And it sounds like Zach Allen talked to him all week about what they can do to help SU get over the hump. That is so huge! And Gus said that Laray Smith is very interested in SU as well, that would be awesome! Go Orange!!!

  19. Russell MacEachern

    Yea Norma,but ya gotta agree,HS football in Colorado is worse than NY hs football and I don’t think he’ll ever live up to previous expectations….too much Pizza and Wings!!!HaHa..

  20. Russell MacEachern

    @Norma,I expect AAM will serve as a short yardage and goal line specialist…not much more…Colorado been hardluck for the “Cuse”..

  21. Norma Stitz

    I think people could argue that point that CO football is worse than NY. And most bigger programs saw AAM as a FB and not a RB. So yeah I agree that he is a short yardage back too. We will see though, if he wakes up and is motivated the kid could be a bruising back.

  22. Cuse Don't Luse

    Didn’t know about the other ranking but would agree there is a lot more excitement around “Gus” and what he and company can bring to the orange

  23. Russell MacEachern

    @Norma,as large a state landwise as Co. is I don’t think their population is a quarter that of NY…mostly massive mountain’s and how many NFL products do you know from Co.?…and really I think NY hs ball is underrated but for our population should put out Pa/NJ type numbers of recruits!?!?puzzle’s me…

  24. Norma Stitz

    Yeah you have a point with the population thing Russ. And look at it from the other angle,,,,, how many pro basketball players come from any of the major cities down south? I think it is all in what sports the “areas” get behind most. But hey that is what HCDM said about why he recruits NYC so hard. He believes that the players are better athletes and just not as football mature from NYC and that he believes he can coach them up. I agreed with him then and I still do. Add to that the success of some former basketball players turning into TEs and NYC could be a bigger recruiting grounds soon.

    CDL, I agree there seems to be more excitement around Gus and a lot of that is because he is a NYC guy and who his best friend is. But I am excited about Gus on his own because the kid looks like he has a good combo of size ans speed. I would bet he has to work on his blocking in pass protection though. And that can be picked up quickly if he wants it. Sorry for the long post.

  25. Russell MacEachern

    Heck Norma,I always knew you could turn soom of those NYC kids from average hoop’s guy’s too big-time gridstar’s…RUs been doing it for years…in short I agree w/u!!

  26. Russell MacEachern

    Sorry…meant “some”…

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