Solving Problems: Recruit Antwan Cordy Would Fill Multiple Syracuse Needs

Smaller but quicker athlete recruit Antwan Cordy could help the Orange offense and defense next year.

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As we move towards National Signing Day, Syracuse will be hosting plenty of recruits who wind down their recruiting process with a visit to the Hill next weekend. A more recent name the Orange is trying to go after is Antwan Cordy.

Some of Cordy’s numbers do not pop. The Sunshine State product is only 5’9” and 175 lbs. Bulking up for the ACC will be important for Cordy’s early development. He does, however, run a 4.45 40-time, a major positive for a team desperate for playmakers. His build and style of play closely resemble another Florida player, Brisly Estime, who has used his speed to succeed on the field.

Cordy has a 35-inch vertical and can get up to break up pass attempts. His smaller figure does not seem to bother him as he is a good on his feet and is a decent tackler. These are the skills that can determine early playing time. Cordy is another example of Coach McDonald’s attempts to establish a recruiting ground of Florida. Although only three out of the 17 commits are from Florida, more could be on the way, as uncommitted players such as Steve Ishmael, Adly Enoicy and others still have the Orange high on their lists.

Syracuse is not the only school pursuing Cordy. Duke, Kentucky and Tennessee are all on his final list. Cordy is listed on Rivals as a word we mentioned last week: Athlete.  Cordy has switched off between receiver and defensive back in his final season at South Dade. The 2-star player will be visiting with at least six other recruits including, Mikale Wilbon, Jamal Custis, Rodney Williams, Lamar Down, Trumaine Washington and Jonathan Thomas.

While a commitment from Cordy would add to a solid recruiting class, the Orange already have three cornerback commits in this class and still need help on the line of scrimmage. So far, Chris Slayton and Aaron Roberts make up the lineman core in the 2014 class. Zeek Rodney would be a great addition to help out the defensive line. Denzel Ward is the player to look out for to help the other side of the ball. Scout also lists that Kayton Samuels, a 2-star recruit, might be visiting next weekend.

Scott Shafer has succeeded in identifying areas where the Orange needs long-term improvement and recruiting players to help there. This is a crucial time for Shafer and his coaching staff to add in the final pieces in a solid class for a second-year head coach.

Posted by: Zephan Mayell

28 Comments on this Post

  1. The coaches know what they are doing, but I surely would feel better if we had Rodney and Ward on board to bolster the lines.

  2. DuanyDuany

    Who is Lamar Down? Is that supposed to be Lamar Dawson?

  3. One ability is paramount in the game of football and that is “speed” The elite programs have that in abundance. We are beginning to improve there but a long way to go in achieving parity. Both sides of the ball are in need of speed. The incoming WR group is a big step forward . I include the current thinking that Steve Ishmael is one of those incoming WRs.The secondary still is a position in need of superior shutdown speed.

  4. Great DBs are hard to find/predict at every level/program but great O/DL are probably rarer as size combined with athletic abilitie is even harder to find and develop. Even the Alabama’s etc with all there 4/5 star guys don’t always get it right!! Hopefully we’ll “hit” it on a couple of the DBs?

  5. orangeinva

    It appears that the recruiting is going after “diamonds in the rough” as opposed to the JUCO route of the recent past.

  6. texascuse

    Enoicy already verballed to one of the smaller Florida schools so we may count him out.

  7. As long as he doesn’t play DB. I still see the pass over the DB in the Championship game!! It was just to easy!!

    Also saw a letter from SU to mayor about new SU facilities(New Stadium)!! Well right off the bat they want 44,000 seats. No frigging way!!! SU has to recruit against stadiums with rich traditions and they all seat OVER 70,000(conservatively)!!
    I still smell the SUBB program having its mitts in on this letter. Just put a retractable roof on the Dome for SUFB and build some where else a SUBB arena!!


  8. Agreed that’s way to small they gotta see the bigger picture that a successful program ha successful attendance ! In hindsight wake forest ha a pretty small stadium but that’s wake forest lol! Where’d you find this letter terry? I’d be Intrested in reading it

  9. @Zjscuse;

    According to the local news a letter has been sent to the Mayor of Syracuse telling the city what they want in a new 44,000 seat arena. A 44,000 seat arena!!!!! REALLY????

    It say’s that it will take 5 years for a study to be completed before a final decision can be made on the new complex where a new hotel and a mega mall will also be added to the project using private and PUBLIC monies to finance the project.

    $495 million is needed to start the project. They haven’t even considered the amount of land or money that’s needed for the parking lots yet.

    Hell man I thought we got rid of a lot of the problems when Nancy Cantor left and went to Rutgers. If the new chancellor Kent Syverud sent this letter to the city then,I feel the problems with the football program are only going to get worse and the downgrade of the program to a Div II or Div III will probably happen.

    I know one thing is for sure—if that new building is built downtown along Erie Boulavard replacing some of the low rent district within the city limits,me getting season tickets supporting the footbsll program for more than 20 years will come to a close. People who are behind this project need to get their damn heads screwed on right and start making some sensible decisions. There’s more than a new stadium at stake here.

  10. OrangeCrush27

    @Terry/Zjscuse – Agree with you both on the stadium needing to be bigger. Syracuse could be a top 25/15/10 team in the future and needs a stadium around 60-75K.

    If not keep the dome, make renovations and put a retractable roof on it

    @Fizz – Can we get a story on Dowels please.

  11. From what I hear, the University has shifted its focus entirely on a Dome renovation. That said, I can’t see where you all think we should build a 70K seat stadium. We don’t get 30K to football games. I believe in our current conference, Duke, Wake, and BC are all at or under 45k. There are 3-4 others that are in the 50k range, including the current Dome. For that matter, absolutly nobody comes close to us in bball capacity,(only two are within 15k of us) but there are 4 schools that can claim more bball chips than us. All seats full is more important than how many seats available.

    Enoicy is visiting next weekend. We are not out of that. We also still have a shot at Wilbon from what I see. Kyron Watson seems out. He is sticking with his original verbal to Kansas. Weiss sold him something I guess.

  12. Malone!! I meant that 50000 seating is fine for the dome. 44000 makes the program go backward!! NO WAY!! Its all about the SUBB for the higher ups. A smaller stadium would only help SUBB and hurt SUFB!!! Look put a retractable roof on the DOME and that would be enough. Build a separate SUBB facility like all other national programs have!! That new roof would be real COOL!! Its time for CUSE FOOTBALL to have its own crib!!

  13. Terry, I am OK with a retractable roof, but I am all but sure that the current Dome structure couldn’t handle it or the cost of making the necessary structural changes will make everyone think twice (it could also cause reduced seating and/or smaller concourses as the Dome is pretty land locked. There isn’t any room for it to grow out.
    SUBB wants no part of a separate arena, and JB has said multiple times that he loves the Dome as a unique recruiting tool.
    I don’t really know what they do. I don’t see it as the problem many others do, but I don’t see an easy solution no matter what.

  14. I kind of agree with Terry on this issue. If Syracuse is going to build a new stadium then make it a 36-40k seat stadium for basketball,lacrosse and scoccer if necessary. How much money would it cost to take the bleacher seating out of the dome and replace it with cushioned chairs like they have in NFL stadiums? I don’t think that it would cost $495 million dollars.Do you? Putting a retractable roof on a building isn’t going to attract any more so called fans to the dome to watch the team. If we need a new roof on the dome then put one on it,hasn’t it been replaced once already?

    The university supplies all of the labor that’s needed now for the games. If the stadium is built downtown the county takes control of the building and hires the people that’s needed replacing all of the union,student and volunteer groups that come in for the games to work,expanding the local government with these hires forcing the local people to pay their retirement/health packages plus their wages by raising their taxes. Personally I can’t believe the university has made the decision to ignore the staff that it has running the dome now just to appease the local/state politicans.

    Keep the dome as it is now,make the improvements that management deems necessary. Build a basketball stadium that will hold 36,000 plus up at Skytop,forget about a mega mall and an added hotel joining the building and everyone will b e happy. Does anyone think by building a 44,000 seat football stdium with a retractable roof have force the likes of USC or Notre Dame to come here to play? Get real here people!!! Syracuse will still play games down at METLIFE STADIUM and it won’t matter if we have a new dome or not.

  15. Malone JB is nuts. At first he didn’t like the DOME!!! He kind of fell into it!! He loved Manley!! He said that a number of times!! But now its solid that the SUBB is at the DOME to stay!! Your right about the new roof. Tonnage might make that not structure safe. But get the SUFB their OWN place to play and get SU into the 21st century like ALL the other NATIONAL programs!! It will improve the SUFB program too!!

  16. OrangeCrush27

    Rodney to wake…that hurts

  17. Another one gone!!! Your right OC27!

  18. They all hurt, and I am not sure what is going on with the RB position (Wilbon to Nebraska). Heard rumor the staff doesn’t see it as a position of need. We have more QB than RB. I don’t know, in the staff we trust. I think JB was afraid to leave Manley because of the atmosphere the fans created there. I think he learned to love the Dome when he saw it could still be a home court advantage. I think that could happen again, but not without pains, and where he’s at with this program and his career, he just doesn’t want the risk. I still think FB needs to build the atmosphere that justifies a new home. By all means, get new seats, windows maybe, paint, whatever, but save up for the right move, keep it in house, not a NYS facility, and upgrade the rest of the FB facilities until then.

  19. I agree we have enough seating for now but cushioning would be welcome for some of the senior fans(though we can bring our own)but the dome absolutely needs an upgrade/facelift to entice more fans back but in this economy few programs are able to expand even FB unless its absolutely necessary.It seems the problems are endless everywhere?

  20. Saltine5

    Rivals listed him as a “word receiver”?

    A coachable lad, eh?

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