Syracuse Earns Fourth Commit for 2015 Season With CB Davante Davis

Syracuse has been hot on recruitment in the last few weeks, but has a long way to go to keep up in the ACC.

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On Tuesday, the Orange earned its fourth verbal commitment for the 2015 football season.  While the class got off to a slow start, the Orange has picked up the pace in the last couple weeks.

Davante Davis, a 2-star cornerback from Florida, is the newest member of the Orange’s 2015 recruiting class.  Both Davis and fellow 2015 commit Gerald Robinson are from Florida.  Davis is also the second cornerback in the recruiting class.

The 6’3”, 200-pound defender chose the Orange over the likes of Cincinnati, Virginia, Florida Atlantic, and Florida International.

He was recruited by offensive coordinator George McDonald, who has turned Florida into a mini-pipeline for the Orange.  Davis attended Booker T. Washington High School near Miami.  South Florida has already given the Orange six 2014 recruits, further showing McDonald’s recruiting prowess.  The two 2015 recruits verbally committed to play for Syracuse before visiting campus.

With Davis’ commitment, the Orange now have the 57th best recruiting class in the nation, but only the ninth best in the ACC.

Now that the future secondary is beginning to fill, the coaches can turn their recruiting efforts towards some of their other top targets for 2015.  One of those recruits is 4-star wide receiver Daiquan Kelly, who visited campus to attend the spring game last month.

Another target for the Orange is 3-star offensive lineman Chandler Jones.  He is unrelated to the former Syracuse standout, who was selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.  Jones was originally supposed to make his college announcement last week, but announced via Twitter that he had postponed his decision.  At the time, he was choosing between Louisville and Syracuse.

Syracuse is also looking at Jordan Fox, an unranked outside linebacker who has drawn a surprising amount of interest.  Teams like Louisville (again) and Wisconsin have given offers to the rising player out of New Jersey.

The Orange has a lot of different directions to potentially head in, but the important thing is numbers, as schools like Clemson and Miami have already gathered double-digit commitments for 2015.

Posted by: Jason Weingold

 

26 Comments on this Post

  1. Saltine5

    Meanwhile, Cuse sweeps the ACC awards.

    I am so happy that the school is not rotting away in a mid-major conference like “the American”.

  2. Dr. bill

    I would like to see an in depth analysis of the Cuse’s recent strategy to recruit the midwest vs. our old traditional recruiting grounds like NJ and NY and New England. What do the stats say? Intuitively, I think Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Michigan have better recruits than NY State, and New England….but Pennsylvania and New jersey seem to be key states that we need a better presence in.
    I love the Florida/Georgia recruiting presence…but what is the feeling about the midwest? Will this help us get to the top of the ACC?

  3. Terry

    Your right DR Bill!! But 2 players from NY are rated in the top ten(in their position) for the draft!! Both of them SU went after, but came away empty handed!! HCSS has got to not let this happen, but I don’t see how it will change unless SU improves greatly. NE players will also help attendance that the SE region will not!! Don’t forget that!!

    This player looks good. But his weight is 188 not 200, but I’ll over look that for now. The real issue with him is. Will he actually sign at SU??? SU has to many 5’9″ db.’s midgets on the team. This kids size will attract much attention. I see a 75% chance of losing him if he has a great year at his high school!!

    DO NOT FORGET THE KIDS AT PSABUSEDU!! THE NCAA DID!!

  4. Malone

    Dr Bill, I think we are hitting NJ pretty hard again and I couldn’t be happier. Eastern PA too, especially SE. As to the Midwest recruiting, I look at it a few ways. 1) HCSS and staff really know the region. That was important to hitting the ground running and getting a new staff to gel. 2) There may be better access to and greater volume of big bodies. The B1G has made its bones with linemen from this region. 3) We are unique in that market. Not many ACC schools hitting that area when they have the southern region in their back yard. We are not a B1G school or a mid-major, so we offer a unique alternative to student athletes who are used to harder winters.

  5. Malone, agree with you on all accounts. The return to NJ and East-SE Penn helps us but the Midwest connections get us a pipeline to the bigger O-Line D-Line boys of the Midwest. Its the kind of recruiting stuff that helps Wisconsin and Ohio St feed their need for size.

  6. Terry

    We need OL/DL no doubt. And the Mid-West is a good place to start!! But with a quick “O” play scheme you need quick a decent sized players!! The BIG shows that their style probably will rarely win NCAA NC’s!! Yeah get the big bodies from their area, but look for the other jem’s in NE Mid-section USA and SE!! Get some 6ft+ DB’s and WR’s too!! Slowly and surely SU can crack the top 30 or 25, maybe in a few years??!! That’s heaven agin then you’ll see!!

  7. orangeinva

    I am worried about keeping this guy ORANGE as well.

    Here’s why….

    Davis attends Booker T Washington High in the Miami area. The team has been coached for years by a Coach Harris. He just left BTW to assistant coach at the U of Miami and become part of Golden’s staff.
    So who is the successor to Harris at BTW??
    Harris jr.- the previous coach’s son!!

    Davis has been wondering why Miami, up to now, hadn’t offered- so we know he’s at least interested. Might he be easily flipped… who knows?

  8. Malone

    OrangeinVa, totally hear and share your concerns. That said, Ice was very much anti-Golden about a year or two ago and when we picked up McD he was verbally excited (on Twitter) for Syracuse. As I recall, Ice’s hiring (not an assitant coach so I don’t think he can recruit) was a PR face saving move in the Miami area. I am concerned too, but lets hope the seeds have been sewn and there is loyalty to a commitment, and mutual respect. We can’t do much more. The kid has locked down his Twitter account.

  9. Cuse Don't Luse

    On a side note my lacrosse season just ended with us getting knocked out of the state playoffs.
    Here are my highlights from this year: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1287259/highlights/143976376
    tell me what you think, especially you Terry because I feel like you give the most bluntly honest criticism and I would love some.

  10. @Cuse Don’t Luse;

    I saw a 5’8″ maybe 5’10” 170/185 lb lacrosse player with speed and size and possesses the ability to score and play defense.

    Have you paid any attention to Syracuse University to continue playing the game? I think that they could use you here.

    No matter where you go to college I for one wish you the very best. Good luck young man.

  11. Cuse Don't Luse

    @Ron thank you very much. As you probably know from my activity on this website, Syracuse is my dream school. We played against the Episcopal School of Dallas and fellow class of 2015 player and Syracuse commit, Sam Romano actually face guarded me for a little over a quarter of our game until they pulled away. Right now my looks are from smaller schools like the University of Richmond, Hamilton College, Middlebury College, Dartmouth College, and those types, but you never know.

  12. @Cuse Don’t Luse;

    After watching your tape,I think that you could play for anyone you wished to.

    You mentioned Hamilton College. Are you talking about the DII or DIII school in Clinton NY just outside of Utica New York? If you are that’s my neck of the woods young man. Please,let us all know where you’re headed to play.

  13. Cuse Don't Luse

    Yea the one in Clinton New York Ive visited there it seemed pretty nice, and one of my teachers went there. That was a brief list though I’ve also visited Colgate, Bucknell, Franklin&Marshall, Hobart, and many more schools like those. Ive been getting pretty good looks for a Texas kid, but still no top 10/ACC caliber schools. If any of you up state guys have any connections with Syracuse will you send them my highlight tape or the link below anything helps but the big time division one lacrosse recruiting process is near the end for my grade.
    http://www.insidelacrosse.com/article/high-school-players-of-the-week-april-24/28319

  14. Terry

    CDL you old Lax Man you!!!! Not truly a Lax expert, but you looked good to me. Your main insight should be an education with Laxing and the co-ed’s second!! LOL! If you want a quality/serious education and a quality LAX to(small college) above the Mason Dixon line to the NE is your goal. The powers to be out there for better players will contact you, if they think your of their quality. The ACC does have a power league but most are not from that area! Look around if the above mentioned areas are not to your liking find one that is. You need to make that decision. But most of all fulfill your goals of an education and LAXING as well. Those memories never will vanish!! Good Luck!! And net one for US!!

  15. @Cuse Don’t Luse;

    I agree with all that Terry had to say,getting a good education is the most important thing. All of the schools such as(Colgate,Bucknell,Hobart,Hamilton)that you’ve looked at are all great schools. Did you look at Cornell at all?

    No matter what college you decide to attend,please remember Conner Sullivan that you already have the(FIZZ FAMILY) as a fan base that wishes you the very best.

    Good luck young man.

  16. Cuse Don’t Luse;

    Your highlight film has been forwarded young man,I just hope that something good comes out of it after the coaches get done reviewing it.

  17. Malone

    CDL, Middlebury and Dartmouth are stupendous schools. Dartmouth is Ivy, and their lax is nothing to scoff at. As stated above, education first. At either of those you’re the big fish in a smaller pond getting a top notch education

  18. Malone

    As a Texan however, be warned. Schools like Middlebury tend to be a special brand of eastern liberal.

  19. Malone

    Bucknell is a small school, like Middlebury, but less liberal and old money. My bro went there and they are blue and orange, so… They have good, tourney potential lax and they are in the Patriot League, which is a good league with a conf. tourney and auto-qualifier. There academics are above reproach, and their hoops is pretty good too. Be warned of one thing with them. It is pretty isolated and in deep PSU country. There is a SuperMax there, and that’s not the prettiest of neighbors, and, VERY important to consider, Greg Schiano went there.

  20. Cuse Don't Luse

    @Malone yea I have visited Bucknell it is in the middle of nowhere, but I actually know a player from a rival high school who just went there and he loves it. Dartmouth and Middlebury are certainly nothing to scoff at.

    @Ron thank you so much for forwarding my tape, it means a lot.

    @Terry thank you and yea I’m not too worried about crossing the mason dixon line I was born in Massachusetts and then lived in Connecticut until I was 10.

    @All Fizz Family Thank you all

  21. @Cuse Don’t Luse;

    Stay in touch young man.

  22. Terry

    Don’t be afraid of the “liberal” word either-CDL!! It won’t bite you and is open minded like all good colleges should be. being from Texas for a short time you know that!! A NE college education is a no brainer if you want it and plenty of DIV 1 to Div III LAX schools!!

  23. Cuse Don't Luse

    I was born in Massachusetts and I lived in Connecticut until I was 10 and all my dads family lives in upstate, so I’m not scared of crossing the mason-dixon line (again).

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