Tuesday is a potentially monumental day for Syracuse football. When Doug Marrone took over four years ago, it was uncertain where the Orange train was headed. Groobers had driven it into the side of a mountain, carnage for the entire nation to see. But after dragging the carcass back up the Hill, and fostering important relationships throughout New York State and the five boroughs, Ebenezer Ogundeko’s decision may well set SU onto a different course.
Marrone tried to land Ishaq Williams, Jarron Jones and Chad Kelly. All of these Empire State products chose bigger programs (Notre Dame and Clemson). But Marrone told me at Big East Media Day last summer that when they finally landed one of the big fish in-state, it would likely lead to others. But Doug warned me it had to be the right kid. The type of student-athlete who wouldn’t be swayed by the peer pressure of going somewhere with more cache.
Where will Ebo choose? No idea. I do believe it’s extraordinarily close and Syracuse stands a really good shot. Judging from his Twitter, he’s playing it very cool. Ogundeko is a regular tweeter, and responds to a high number of his followers. But he also has retweeted supporters equally from all three of his finalists, pushing for him to choose their school. Pretty clever.
“i am just looking at your highlight tape, wishing and hopen you become part of gatornation! We need u bra.” – @KidPoet12
#GatorNation blow up @Ebenezer_O_1 and tell him why he needs to be a #gator” – @UFHeim
“@GodsGiftGUS @Ebenezer_O_1 Today the SU campus was full of past&present Syracuse FBall stars & legends. But you guys are the future of
#CUSE” – @eric_ennis
“I am cause I cant sleep, I keep reading articles hoping you come to
#CUSENATION!” – @MLomo3
Notre Dame RT’s:
“I’m a huge fan of yours! Been watching your football highlight, hoping you choose to join the
#IrishMob13″ – @Herring_justin
“knowing your gonna be Irish Is perfect a perfect chance for the best education on earth!!!” – @DustinThomas2
Ogundeko has retweeted one peer, Irish commit Jaylon Smith, a LB from Fort Wayne, IN.
“IRISH fans tell
@Ebenezer_O_1 tht making a40year decision not just a 4 year one is the best decision to make , you benefit way more from that”