This is an enormous weekend for Syracuse football. With 11 recruits on the Hill, it’s one of the biggest collections of talent the program has seen gather on campus. The Cuse Clique is in town for their official visits, some of them having already committed, others are still deciding.
The biggest name still uncommitted is the Brooklyn Beast, Ebenezer Ogundeko. He’s recently narrowed his list down to Florida and Clemson, but there’s still an outside chance a weekend like this one could keep SU in the race. He’s visiting campus with one of his best friends Augustus Edwards, and tweeted a picture of the crew. The Brooklyn running back committed to the Orange over the summer. He’s also hanging with speedy back Laray Smith, who is still weighing the SU offer.
Malik Brown is also uncommitted. The defensive end from West Palm Beach is in town, tweeting about his visit. So far, sounds like SU is doing it right. Brown says he feels like a president in the town car the university sent for him, and tweeted a picture of the meal left for him at his hotel room. He also has offers from Illinois, Purdue, USF and others.
Maybe most impressively for SU though, is the leadership of Zach Allen. The Temple, Texas product has spent the summer and fall roping up fellow Syracuse commits and building a bond. It’s been an amazing dynamic to watch. A player stationed 1,600 miles away has reached out and created relationships with SU’s best and brightest. He obviously brings talent to the table, but it’s becoming evident Allen’s greatest strength is his maturity and ability to lead. He has also tweeted about the trip, and will tighten his friendships even more, in what may one day be considered one of the great classes in program history.
Let’s hope the hoops team smashes Monmouth and the Dome is rocking. SU’s football recruits will attend the game, and watch Doug Marrone’s squad go through practice in preparation for the Pinstripe Bowl. The program is working with serious momentum, having gone to a second bowl game in three years, finishing the season with a flourish, and entering the ACC in September. If SU plays its cards right, this could be the most impactful weekend in Doug Marrone’s tenure.