Syracuse football has received several verbal commitments that have not worked out over the years. Many high school kids commit just so they know they have a division one spot and then jump ship when a better offer comes. Others are unable to qualify academically and some just rush into a decision and then have a change of heart months down the road.
Ever wonder where some of the kids who commit to SU and then don’t enroll end up? We did too.
Remember DaVante Davis? Former SU offensive coordinator George McDonald seemed to have found a diamond in the rough when the Florida cornerback committed to Syracuse in May of 2014. Once he chose the Orange a lot more high profile offers came in from the likes of Alabama and Ohio State however. The corner eventually committed to Texas where he is currently enrolled.
Another player, who at one point was Syracuse bound, but never made it to the Hill is Pennsylvania wide receiver KJ Williams. Williams headlined SU’s 2014 recruiting class before he was unable to qualify academically. He attended Milford Academy in New York in the Fall of 2014 but was dismissed from the football team after playing just two games. He now attends East Mississippi Community College.
During last summer’s recruiting cycle Florida defensive end Keivonnis Davis went from committing to Oregon State to giving a verbal to Syracuse. He opened up his commitment for a second time later on in the summer and then in February he signed with Florida. SU fans shouldn’t be too frustrated they didn’t get their man in this situation; much like Marquise Blair and Syracuse, it is still unknown if Davis will qualify for the Fall semester in Gainesville.
Here are a few other destinations of players who committed to Syracuse at one time, but didn’t end up making it: 2014 Florida quarterback Alin Edouard Garden City (Kan.) Community College, 2013 New York running back Gus Edwards The University of Miami, 2013 New York linebacker Devan Carter Rutgers.
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Posted: Connor Morrissette