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5 Days & Counting: Why Syracuse fans Should Like Their Ogundeko Chances

The SU Orange vibes are good right now for Ebo just days before his decision.

What we know: Four-star defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Jefferson) will make his college decision Friday at the Under Armour All-America Game.

What we don’t know: Whether some recent Syracuse juice has helped sway him to the Orange.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound athlete will make his choice between Syracuse and Clemson and the end of the week, and while nationally it would be considered a huge upset for the Orange to win that battle, there’s some good vibes for SU fans.

Recently, Ebo took his official visit to the Hill, and it couldn’t have gone much better. All of his Big Apple boys were in CNY with him, including SU commit Gus Edwards and Orange hopeful Laray Smith. The ‘Cuse Clique, including quarterbacks Zach Allen and Austin Wilson, were also there for a terrific weekend that included an SU hoops win at the Dome all the recruits were on hand for.

Instagram popped for three days with encouraging images of excited SU recruits. That included from linebacker Malik Brown, who excitedly committed just days later. Ebo was also at Yankee Stadium Saturday, in his hometown, watching Syracuse lay the lumber to West Virginia, and whoop it up on the field post game. For NYC kids like Brandon Reddish and Wayne Morgan to be part of a nationally televised beat down in the snowy Bronx, it must’ve been a dream come true. One has to imagine Ebenezer, Laray and Gus imagined themselves in the same spot.

In a twist or serendipity, Syracuse beat up on WVU, which thrashed Clemson in last year’s Orange Bowl 70-33. Maybe that resonates with Ogundeko?

Ebo recently said, “Syracuse is a great school. I like what they have to offer me. I like their players a lot and I like their coaches. I went to their game yesterday. It’s a great place. I’m from New York and I like that New York environment.”

Ebo represents an elusive commodity: The best player in the state choosing Syracuse over a national power. Doug Marrone came up short on Ishaq Williams (Notre Dame), Jarron Jones (Notre Dame) and Chad Kelly (Clemson). Could Ebo be the one that breaks that streak? It’s not so far fetched.

Posted: D.A.

31 Comments on this Post

  1. I like our chances. He seems pretty tight with the rest of the guys, and Zach Allen got on the horn with him the day before he switched his final two…. still wonder what he said. Maybe you can ask EO after he commits?

    I know we’ve gone over this before, but why are we not on Malique Belfort? He was at the game Saturday as well Augustus Edwards and he had a little Twitter exchange with EO razzing him for not finding them at the game

  2. You guys will get him, I feel it and my Knights might get a surprise with 4 star Florida CB Mackensie Alexander saying Ru is his favorite. Also NJ DE Tashawn Bower and NJ DE Alquadin Muhammed are targets.

  3. Getting Ebo would be more thanbig for Syracuse. It would be a defining moment in recruiting for Doug and his coaches. Getting the best player out of the state would be exciting for this and next year’s recruiting classAdd a speedster like Laray Smith and Syracuse can hello ACC with a little bit of attitude in the coming season.Wiping out West Virginia is always fun for the program and our fans.

  4. Reports of marrone interviewing for NFL jobs and the way Clemson is performing against LSU means game over for syracuse’s chances at ebo

  5. Orange FB fan

    ak might be right. The win over WVU was awesome and as a local, I’m sure it was a great feeling for Ebo. But that clemson win was exhilarating and possibly the best game of the bowl season thus far. Clemson is closer to being a top tier contender than our beloved Orange and with Marrone sniffing the NFL…a guy like Ebo may have second thoughts about committing to a guy who may not even be there when he arrives on campus.

    Those are the breaks. I don’t knock Marrone for feeling it out, because I’m sure it was his ultimate dream and goal to be an NFL headcoach. He’s lived one dream of coaching at his alma mater. He’s done a pretty respectable job and seems to be building firm ground for the future. If he takes the Bills job, he’ll stay uptate and maybe even end up with Nassib as his qb.

  6. Just great,we have to start 2013 off with worrying about whether our head coach will be snatched up by the NFL. If he does get approached by one of the teams,I only hope he stands by his words when he told us all that he prepared a long time to become the head coach at Syracuse and considered it his dream job when hired.

    Hey Terrie,not so far fetched,about Doug Marrone going to the NFL,is it? Not a joke anymore is it?

  7. Why would ge go to a team like the Bills or the Browns. To rebuild an NFL Franchise is a bitch. You have to deal with the personalities of these paid players along with all of the baggage they bring with them.

    If Gross and Cantor do what they should do and raise his salary he will stay.

    Look at JB, Coach K and Bobbie Knight..they have had many chances to go to the NBA and have shunned it.

    Marrone should do the same…

  8. 86trash

    No way we get him now, with Dougie interviewing this week in Buffalo and Cleveland. Way to go Dougie, nothing like pushing the big fish to clemson…couldnt wait 1 week, some “syracuse guy” he is

  9. BronxBound

    Calm down please, Coach Marrone can finally see the light at the end of the long dark losing tunnel that Gross created with GRob, no way he leaves for NFL. Three reasons:

    1. He has to begin from scratch a major rebuilding process with Bills, Browns etc.
    2. He just has to check in with his beloved Coach Mac, who jumped to the Pats, lasted 2 years and then had to watch Coach P enjoy back to back 10 wins seasons while his Pats bombed.
    3. Just like 2 years ago when TN rumors were in the air, he snuffed them early, stating he is a Syracuse guy PERIOD.

    Maybe he will sniff the NFL just long enough to get SU to increase his pay, but Coach Marrone wants to outlast Gross (whom he has to force himself to get along with) and find a place in Syracuse history alongside JB….no way he really wants to take on an NFL mess after he finally cleaned up the mess SU Football mess.

  10. Ronette it is a joke. Lifetime means lifetime no matter what the consequences. Death is one thing divorce from SU is another!! If he’s playing games for a better contract(.500 record means no super raise) or moving on somewhere else is Bull-bleep and classless. You either live by your word or get the hell out of here now!! If he was a serious CUSE coach he’d have a comment out way before now. GOOD BYE AND DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YA HCDM/dougie!! But I feel he’s playing games for recruiting and contract issues honestly. If not then I stand by what I said above. After a .500 record no big deal. A .750 record I could see he’s point. LOL!!

  11. CuseOnly

    Hey FlaStevie…good to see you again, aka Terrie.

    GO back to obscurity you douche nozzle, nobody wants you here. Stop changing your names on Syracuse.com too, man up and be/show yourself, however schizophrenic, delusional and douchy you may be.

  12. What kind of sad life one must have to make trolling syracuse football (or anything else) a hobby? Do something with yourself.

  13. Why must he play games?? Either he’s sincere or out of here. 4 years is not close for a job of a life-time. You homers hate sincere judgements. Your just as pissed as I am, but in different ways!!

  14. I really hope that I am wrong, but I know people who are very close to the situation…looks like he’s going with his initial gut feeling…CLEMSON.

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