Will a better recruiting class improve the national expectation and attention Syracuse gets?
This sentence from last week’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel is enough to get Syracuse fans’ fired up for next month:
“Atlantic three-star wide receiver Adly Enoicy plans to take an official visit to Syracuse the weekend of Jan. 24, and it appears the Orange have the inside track for his services.”
Enoicy spoke to The Fizz last week and discussed his interest in SU. He was a preseason Sun Sentinel Super 11 selection and All-county honorable mention. He had a bit of a down senior year, which might be exactly what the Orange need to land him. Raising Syracuse’s football brand has been directly tied to its recruiting success for years. Since Doug Marrone took over the struggle has been to land the bigger names, instead of trying to improve with 2-to-3 star kids. Obviously SU is not FSU or Clemson, but another bowl win and immediate chances to get playing time in the ACC has to excite recruits more than in years past. Syracuse’s odds via online sportsbooks to win the ACC would increase, as would its national football profile with a better class and higher expectations. No, the Orange wouldn’t be considered a title contender in football, but the ACC seems to have only a handful of power teams.
Enoicy will now visit on January 31, the weekend before National Signing Day. George McDonald has used his Florida ties to visit Delray Beach and Enoicy, while some other bigger programs may be luke warm. Some sites report his offers are from Vanderbilt, Wisconsin and Virginia Tech, along with Syracuse and other smaller programs. Rivals says South Carolina, Florida State, Florida, and USC have some interest, but have not reportedly given him an offer. Others like ESPN and Scout suggest he has offers from these schools as well.
The bigger picture suggests Syracuse is getting traction for highly-coveted athletes after Year One of the ACC. It appears Syracuse is his leader in the clubhouse with three weeks to go. It’s the only official visit he has scheduled at the moment. He has size at 6’5″, 200 lbs. and Orange fans are all acutely aware of the constant need for playmakers inside this offense and the ACC. He’s best buddies with Brisly Estime.
National Signing Day is only three weeks away, and the focus begins to build on whether Syracuse football will take its next step.