3-Star Athlete Darnell Savage Also Scores On-Spot Offer from Syracuse

Savage has a connection with former Orange Jerome Smith—can it help sway the 3-star recruit?

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We talked yesterday about how Koby Quansah is one of two recruits given offers this past weekend at Syracuse camp. Darnell Savage from Bear, Delaware received the other.

Does that town seem familiar? It should—Jerome Smith hails from the same town. And while he is no longer Orange, Smith’s success at Syracuse could intrigue Savage to give the team a hard look.

Savage is a 3-star athlete who plays both wide receiver and cornerback. Syracuse is a team that loves versatile players that can help fill needs throughout the season. Ashton Broyld embraced the role of an “athlete” and has been getting progressively better as a wide receiver after being considered in the 2012 season for the quarterback role.

With the move to the ACC has been the expectation of talent that can compete with the majority of the conference and at least stay close in games against powerhouses like Clemson and Florida State. Speed is one of the biggest factors in this equation. Savage runs a 4.43 40-yard dash, which does not hurt against some of the best receivers and cornerbacks in the country.

If Savage wants to compete regardless of which school he decides to attend, he will have to bulk up his smaller figure. At 5’10” and 175 pounds, Savage will have to either hit the weight room or rely on his speed to succeed at the next level.

Syracuse is the underdog to land Savage, according to NJ.com. He plans to visit Maryland next week and make a decision soon after. Rutgers and Maryland are clearly the frontrunners, but he said Syracuse has an “outside chance.” He also has offers from Virginia and Temple with the hopes of attending Penn State camp later this summer.

Savage is a name to remember down the road if he decides to take his talents elsewhere.Decommitments are highly prevalent in college football and could continue until an early signing period is put into place. A rough season for Rutgers or Maryland, both new members of the Big Ten, could put SU in a spot to swoop in on a versatile player.

Although the Orange’s preliminary chances might not too promising, keeping Savage’s eyes on Syracuse could prove big down the road. The Orange currently has 11 commits and hopes to keep adding.

Posted by: Zephan Mayell

15 Comments on this Post

  1. orangeinva

    The Orange currently has 11 commits and hopes to keep adding….

    I’d like to be the “dealer” playing blackjack with you folks.

  2. SU Loyal

    We would love to have you at SU. I am sure if you speak with Jerome Smith he can tell you first hand what a quality school SU is. So please strongly consider bringing your talents to SU. Go Cuse!
    All the Best, SU Fans

  3. Hello OrangeFizz members;as promised I took a trip to Syracuse today to see if any progress was being made to the new IPF building.

    More heavy equipment has been delivered along with more materials to the construction site. Someone asked if there were any bulldozers there and the answer is yes along with a steamroller,3 more big track backhoes for digging,earth moving equipment. The big backhoe machines were digging trenches for the foundation. One had a rotating clock wise diamond tipped head on it while digging the foundation. I asked one of the construction members what was gong on and he said that they’re using new technology for the foundation. Grinding the stone into small pieces and turning it into slurry instead of using tons of cement.

    I found that the Meadow Brook stream flows under the construction site and the 5′ Diameter piping that they have on site will be used to keep water flowing on through the suburb of Dewitt.

    My guess is that this Meadow Brook stream was the main point of contention between the city and university that caused the delay.

    At the rate that the work is getting done if no more major problems arise,my guess the steel work will be completed by the end of August. Just a guess here fellas.

  4. A month ago we were all worried that we weren’t getting any recruits and we were not getting any OL to commit.

    Well today Syracuse got another N/R 3* 6’4″ 272 lb OL/DL Andrejas Duerig out of Mount Carmel HS (Chicago IL) to commit to the Orange,making him the 5th OL to commit for the class of 2015.

    Welcome to the Orangenation Andrejas Duerig,you’re going to enjoy your time here. Good Luck and thank you.

  5. beyond Savage’s talent and ability is his name which provides announcers unlimited Savage hits and puns. A 4.43 forty puts him in rare company for defense and offense should he want a snap or two at WR like Eskridge.

  6. Other sites have him running at the 4.55 range. So I’d get that stop watch of coach Reed checked out. If he did run a 4.43 something others out there would be sniffing around too!!


    PS I see Joe pa’s son is still bemoaning the facts on PSABUASEDU issue!! He’s got a book out now too!! Look the experts out there mostly agree (and I too) that Joe Pa knew something and did nothing for years let alone a few days!! The NCAA did not hold to the crime with its move back on the penalties of PSABUSEDU!! But there are many PSU fans in my neck of the words and they just will not talk about it or just seem to think nothing is wrong and it will go away. Ask Bernie that if it goes away and I’m thinking Bernie ain’t as dirty as some think!!

  7. ricke78

    The SU staff is heavily focused on midwest recruiting and they seem to be having success getting early verbals. The players are not getting the attention of the big schools but they are coming from strong HS programs. Kendal Moore was not very highly rated and he got on the field as a freshman TE. He’s a big target with good hands. There aren’t many 6’5″ 250lb 18 year old TE’s coming out of NY. We have no shot at similar rated TE’s from NJ or PA. If our staff has some credibility with midwest high schools I say keep doing what you are doing. Moore is one player but Ward may be a very good tackle in 2 or 3 years. Moskul at LB may be a contributor in a few years. Kimble could compete in 2016 for QB. Deurig is a 3* that comes from a strong HS program. THe 2013 WR from St Louis may contribute behind Estime this season. The staff also seems to be attracting NJ attention as well. It will take time. If Hunt can improve SU will be more competitive in the ACC this year. Wake, BC, Louisville,Pitt and Clemson have new QB’s. I think Maryland(non-conference) does too. More wins means more recognition and better recruiting.

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