The Orange received another commit to its already packed 2015 recruiting class. Daivon Ellison, a 3-star cornerback, pledged Syracuse last night.
Syracuse continues to reel in the recruits after a summer to remember. Ellison, who played for national powerhouse Don Bosco in high school, was between Syracuse and Rutgers but decided to come to upstate New York instead of staying in his home state of New Jersey.
At 5’9”, 175 pounds, Ellison does have some work to do in the weight room. We have mentioned before how big a difference size can make, especially against ACC receivers. Added size can do wonders for Ellison, who will join Gerald Robinson and Andrew Spence as true cornerbacks in the new recruiting class.
This is yet another win for a Syracuse program that is trying to push its way back into New Jersey. Tight ends coach Bobby Acosta, responsible for recruiting in the Jersey region, has been trying to expand New Jersey recruiting in the Shafer era and has been fairly successful in building a pipeline back into the Garden State.
In fact, two of the top recruits in the 2015 class, Daiquan Kelly and Dontae Strickland, are both from New Jersey. Rutgers heavily recruited Strickland as well, so it is not a coincidence that Syracuse is going after players who have considered the Scarlet Knights. Ellison has gone on record saying that he had interest in playing with Strickland collegiately, which clearly shows a Jersey pipeline in Syracuse’s recruiting. With Syracuse’s move to the ACC and Rutgers’ move to the Big Ten, it will be very interesting to see what New Jersey recruits prioritize in terms of program strengths when deciding between two local schools.
With the 2015 class almost at full capacity, recruiting should be slow for the upcoming months. However, with recruits constantly changing their minds, de-commitments should be something to look out for as well, especially toward the end of the season.
With less than a week before the start of the 2014 season, Syracuse football does not have to be worried about recruiting with an already packed recruiting class.
Posted by: Zephan Mayell