Just yesterday The Fizz lined up the three late targets that could take Syracuse’s recruiting class from good to great. Make it one-for-one. Florida speed burner Brisly Estime made an official visit to the Hill this weekend, and left with a new home. The Orange offered him during the visit and he accepted. He has been committed to both Iowa State and Purdue before, but since Signing Day is Wednesday one assumes he’ll stick with SU and autograph his letter of intent to the Orange.
Estime is a kick returner/cornerback compared to Devin Hester by his head coach at Atlantic High. He tweeted that he’ll also be used in the slot at wide receiver for the Orange. He was used in all three positions in high school, and Estime brings incredible return talent. He had five special teams touchdowns his senior season in 7A, a no-joke league in a football-mad state with some of the largest schools. The Palm Beach Post named him the defensive player of the year for large schools for being a ball hawk in the secondary. He also nabbed four touchdowns receiving, and will be the most physically mature incoming freshman. Estime won a preseason appeal to let him play past Florida’s age limit of 19 years, 9 months.
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Estime was born in Haiti, and moved to Florida when he was 5. He had originally been committed to Purdue, but backed off. He then gave his verbal to Iowa State, but the Cyclones revoked his scholarship offer after he visited Western Michigan (ISU asked him not to). This is yet another impressive victory by George McDonald. The relentlessly optimistic recruiter has single-handedly overhauled SU’s recruiting class. His relationships in Florida and incredibly magnetic personality has reeled in a number of high end athletes who would’ve otherwise had no interest in Syracuse. No one has had a greater impact in a shorter amount of time in the history of Syracuse recruiting than McDonald.
Both Estime and LB Malik Brown are rated as top 10 recruits in the Palm Beach Post’s reporting region. Should both sign with the Orange in three days, Syracuse would’ve nabbed two high end athletes from a tremendously deep and fertile area for big time players.
It’s no coincidence SU has landed three wide receivers within the week. McDonald has been handed the reigns at offensive coordinator, and can directly discuss how/where/when he’ll use them in the game plan. Corey Cooper and Corey Winfield were won over by The Mailman and his ideas for the offense as well. It looks like the attack will continue to open things up through the air, and the Orange is adding new and exciting weapons by the day.
The good news just keeps on rolling in for Syracuse’s ’13 class. Hey Brizz, welcome aboard.