Miami DB Simeon Thomas Visits Syracuse Tomorrow, Another Late Victory?

“I liked that Syracuse was like the underdog. We could go into the ACC and make a statement.”

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Three-star DB Simeon Thomas is scheduled to visit Syracuse this weekend, but only recently received an offer from the Orange. In fact, the Miami product first talked to Scott Shafer and the new staff just a few weeks ago… with one exception. Thomas has known an Orange coach throughout his whole collegiate career. You guessed it, “The Mailman” George McDonald. SU’s new offensive coordinator has had a huge impact on Miami Carol City HS. And it’s thanks to the guy that keeps on delivering that Simeon will be visiting CNY just days before National Signing Day.

“Coach McDonald told me during ninth grade that he was going to recruit me until my senior year and he stuck to his word. He never gave up on me. I was the first one he always talked to. I just got real comfortable with him as a person as well as a coach. I used to talk with him about different things, not even about football, but about life, about school.”

Thomas tells The Fizz he trusts McDonald for this reason. Shafer loved Simeon’s tape after McDonald passed it along. Within days, SU offered. The former Miami and Arkansas assistant convinced Simeon to brave the snow and come enjoy the Hill in February. The 6’4” 190 lbs safety/cornerback hybrid dominated the secondary this past season at Miami Carol City. “The Freak” picked off two passes and recorded 35 tackles. His teammates nicknamed him that because of his long and lanky reach. Smaller wideouts assume he’s too big and bulky to play corner, but his size actually helped him become the team’s top lockdown DB.

Thomas has over nearly a dozen offers from some of the ACC and SEC’s top schools, but his final three include Syracuse, Hawaii and Clemson. He said he didn’t need to be surrounded by the hype of top tier college programs, rather he wanted to earn attention himself with his play on the field. That’s why rising programs like SU and Hawaii intrigued the senior.

“I liked that Syracuse was like the underdog. That was a bonus, we could go into the ACC and make a statement. I like the thought of having that Syracuse jersey on and making a huge impact in the ACC my first year.”

Thomas almost has OLB size, but his plan is to remain in the secondary in college. Syracuse will lose Ri’Shard Anderson and Shamarko Thomas, so adding Simeon and JuCo Darius Kelly brings size and experience to contribute ASAP.

Thomas originally commit to Florida International over the summer. The big time offers weren’t rolling, and he was excited to play for now fired HC Mario Cristobal. Once the six-year coach was axed last month Simeon decommitted that same week. It was difficult transition for the Thomas.

“I had a lot of bigger schools and bigger offers. Mario Cristobal was a great coach for me. FIU seemed like the right program when [Cristobal] was there. It was real difficult. It was like I had to start the recruiting process all over again. But time will tell, National Signing Day is right around the corner.”

Thomas tells The Fizz he has been talking a lot with Cristobal lately (he is now a Hurricanes’ assistant). Simeon has some interest in the The U, but it has not offered him yet.

Even with Clemson’s rep, it’s still most likely down to Syracuse and Hawaii. Thomas has a few players on the Warriors roster he is close with. The DB is also friends with SU safety Durell Eskridge. Durell convinced Simeon he can get over the snow and cold weather, Thomas’ mother also likes the thought of her son heading up north. She believes Syracuse is the best academic fit for Simeon.

SU has made impressive strides in going after new recruits just weeks before NSD. Corey Winfield, Corey Cooper, Mitch Kimble and Alexander Hayes have all committed in the days since the new staff took over. And no one is doing more damage than McDonald right now. He has been incredible, landing names and gaining interest with fury over the last two weeks. He’s close to landing another big fish from Florida. Let’s see if another Florida native leaves with a lasting impression before he decides this week.

Posted: Kevin Fitzgerald

16 Comments on this Post

  1. @Kevin Fitzgerald;

    I guess that the 13/14 number of scholarships that you guys reported on earlier in the year were all wrong. What do you think the actual number of recruits will be when this staff has finished recruiting and have signed their LOI on NSD?

    I’m not knocking Coach Marrone but Coach Shafer shurley has out performed the last staff when it comes to recruiting.

    Let’s all hope that Simeon likes the school and commits this weekend.

  2. Ron,

    Seems like we are going for 23-24 guys. Right now we are at 19 I believe. Some guys with offers still out there are Simeon Thomas, Akeem Jones, Reggie Spearman, Duron Singleton, Stacy Coley, and Laray Smith. So I would assume we have spots open for all of them, hopefully.

  3. Ron you knock dougie what’s up?? I like this kid’s attitude. I think you have to sell SU as a small big school. SU is no ND, Alabama, PSU, OSU, MICH or USC its just SU. We can be the David of of DIV 1 FB and I think that might sell. Also a different kind of Offense could be important. But keep the strong charging Defense!! With Boise St. like Offense you’d might excite the fans again!!. The boring pro style won’t do it for SU fans. That shows in attendance. Different will make the DOME full again!!

  4. @chad; Thanks for the information. That’s I what I thought the number was going to be but the Fizz kept on telling us differently.

    @Terry; I guess it in the eye’s of the beholder, all I was doing was making a statement as to how Coach Shafer is out performing him. Look the current staff is bringing in recruits that none of us had heard of before. How does that happen?

  5. Doug who?? This staff can flat out recruit.

  6. I saw something recently that Coley is staying in FL and isn’t taking any more visits. Not too concerned. We’re pretty well set at WR this class. He would have been huge though.

  7. Is Rishard definitely gone? I thought he had decided against NFL draft this year

  8. Dcuse,

    I haven’t heard anything about Rishard leaving. I was under the pretense that both him and Keon Lyn were staying

  9. I just read that Augustus Edwards decommitted from Syracuse and Laray Smith is visiting Big 10 schools this weekend.

    I wish them well and I don’t think that we’re going to miss either one of those guys.

  10. Kevin Fitzgerald

    Greg Adkins told us earlier in September, that the class may only be about 16 guys tops. Obviously things have changed since then, and since the old staff moved on to Buffalo. That’s what changes things a bit, and also the de-commitment of Devan Carter contributes.

    I project this class may be as large as 22-23 commits. There are a handful more recruits that Shafer and company are still high on.

  11. Ron- ‘Cues fans should want Laray Smith BAD !! OLYMPIC WORLD-CLASS SPEED … He’s visiting Indiana too and Tom Crean won’t be there to greet him in Bloomington, so c’mon — we need him!

  12. LilJoe47

    I’ve said this other places… But the McDonald/Lester combo of OC and QB coach seems to blow away Hackett splitting the responsibilities…. Recruiting wise? No contest… I have to think the experience of McDonald (WR coach, Passing game coordinator, OC, and offesive quality control) and Lester’s (QB coach, OC, and HC) is more superior than Hackett’s experience when he took over as OC…. And Lester played QB professionally, where as Hackett played LB…. And don’t forget about Smith’s experience as RB coach over Wheatley’s…. I really think Gus Edwards and Zach Allen will regret their decisions four years from now…. I am really feeling Cuse came out on top in the end of this coaching transition…. Who would ever think that Cuse has the superior coaching staff over the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

  13. I like Laray bc I think he could come in and start returning kicks for TDs his first year. He has ridiculous speed and makes nice cuts.

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