While the Orange lose on the field at MetLife, playing in the game paid dividends in recruiting.
Although the current Orange couldn’t capitalize over the weekend at MetLife Stadium against Penn State, Syracuse reeled in its 11th commit to the 2014 class in West Haven, CT RB Ervin Phillips. The 5’11, 180 lb. speedster pledged SU on Sunday morning. Phillips was in attendance at the Meadolands and said the atmosphere was outstanding, obviously getting him excited enough to commit. He also said the ACC competition is something he’s looking forward to.
The Fizz spoke with Phillips earlier during his recruitment. We even dissected the top reasons why Syracuse needed to land him for this year’s class. He’s a huge get, especially for a kid from the state of Connecticut. The Orange is trying to reestablish its connection there and it’s good to see it’s starting to show.
Phillips fields just two offers: Syracuse and Temple. Despite visiting the Owls earlier this summer, Phillips tells The Fizz what it came down to:
“It came to whose coaching staff I felt I was more comfortable with or where I could see myself playing with. The Syracuse coaching staff is really down to earth and create a family atmosphere. They’re some great guys.”
Shafer and McDonald come up big to reel in SU’s second running back in the class. Imagine the potential of a new duo in “Naes” Howard and Phillips in 2014. Phillips kicks off his high school season with West Haven this Thursday night. He discussed with The Fizz what the gameplan will be when he’s in George McDonald’s offense.
“They want to get me in the open field, how ever they’re gonna get me the ball they want to do that. Let me do what I do best, get make plays.”
Posted: Brendan Glasheen