Pretty easy to forget a huge weekend of football recruiting for Syracuse!
The entire campus continues to soak in the basketball program’s thrilling win over Duke, and Super Bowl XLVIII claimed most of Sunday. The excitement carries on into the work week for football, as the Orange got four commits on the gridiron during an action-packed weekend just days prior to National Signing Day.
The newest members, 19-22, of the current 2014 commit list:
Jalen Harvey DT 6’2” 300 lbs.
Jonathan Thomas OLB 6’3” 210 lbs.
Adly Enoicy TE 6’4” 215 lbs.
Antwan Cordy CB 5’9” 180 lbs.
There’s no time to relax as NSD is less than 48 hours away. The splash of additions is only a tease of what’s in store for Wednesday. Each of these recruits has his own personal path to pledging Orange. More importantly, they fulfill needs and bolster depth at certain positions. The Fizz dissects the new cast of characters on board.
Jalen Harvey’s commitment means noticeable size and dominance on the defensive line. The Clay-Chalkville product has been through quite the recruiting obstacle course in recent weeks. Once committed to South Alabama, Harvey flipped from it to Western Kentucky, then to Syracuse on Saturday. He visited over the weekend—and what do you know, third time’s the charm. Harvey via Twitter:
“I swear this is the last time but I’ve decided to play at #Syracuse University next year. #SU18”
He’s got a shot to fill in right away on the DL for the Orange. Jay Bromley is leaving, so there is a wide-open battle for playing time. Syracuse missed out on Zeek Rodney, as he committed to Wake Forest. Harvey entertained a visit at Boise State, so he’s no slouch of a player. You could say he’s just another big body, but the staff is high on the fact he competes. Another note is that Harvey is the lone prospect to represent Alabama. Regional diversity looks good for the program.
Jonathan Thomas was the first of three to commit to SU on Super Bowl Sunday. He gives the nod to Syracuse over Cincinnati, Indiana, Marshall and Oklahoma. The program salutes key contributor Marquis Spruill and goal-line weapon, also a LB in Lewellyn Coker. Although there are plenty of guys returning, such as Cam Lynch and Dyshawn Davis for their final go-arounds, it doesn’t hurt to add a few LBs. It’s been awhile, but linebacker recruits are no strangers to this class. Zaire Franklin and Paris Bennett (OLBs) as well as Colton Moskal (MLB) assure plenty of insurance. Thomas on Twitter:
“So blessed to be given the opportunity to continue my football career at Syracuse University.”
Adly Enoicy is an attractive player the Orange luckily got to down the stretch. He has above average height and the exact frame you’d want out of a tight end. Looking at Enoicy’s offer sheet, Syracuse competed with some top programs for his services. Offers out of the national championship representatives, Florida State and Auburn, as well as Central Florida, Florida and USC are just some Enoicy received. He recently committed to Florida International on January 22. That changed awfully quick, as George McDonald worked his magic again to real in the Delray Beach product. Enoicy has the opportunity to work on the same side of the ball again with his former HS teammate Brisly Estime. He turned out okay in his freshman season as he earned a lot of playing time, especially in the Texas Bowl, as he made big plays on offense and special teams. Estime’s increased role as the season progressed has to influence Enoicy in some regard. “The Mailman” McDonald is open to diversify the playbook in any fashion.
Antwan Cordy rounds out the bunch of defensive back prospects for this class in all likelihood. He makes the fourth DB for 2014, as he joins fellow FL natives Juwan Dowels and Cordell Hudson, and Chicago’s Lamar Dawson. Cordy also got some decent offers from schools such as ACC teams Duke and Georgia Tech. His immediate thoughts to committing:
“My mom was crying tears of Joy gave her a big hug with Kiss told her I COMMITTED TO SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY she couldn’t stop crying #ORANGE.”
All cornerback/safety guys are all going to have a shot to play. It cannot be said enough how much SU pride itself in finding multiple options for the secondary. A 4.45 40-yard isn’t too shabby. Quickness and solid hands are what the staff’s looking for.
Now all of a sudden we’ve got ourselves a loaded 2014 class heading into NSD. 22 commits on board, but still two days to play with. The phones will be ringing and flights will be planned back and forth. Syracuse is putting the finishing touches.
Posted by: Brendan Glasheen