Following Isaiah McDuffie’s decommitment, Syracuse has three players in its 2017 recruiting class. The group consists of New Jersey quarterback Tommy Devito, Florida receiver Sharod Johnson and Michigan defensive end Zach Morton.
In the ACC, only Georgia Tech has fewer 2017 recruits than Syracuse. That number does not bother Dino Babers though. He told the Post Standard on Wednesday that he’s happy with the current class makeup.
“I’m comfortable with where we’re at and I’m looking forward to those numbers [growing] in the future,” Babers said.
Yes, three commits is a small number that needs to grow, but it’s also only June 2nd. At this point in 2014, Babers had no high school seniors committed to his Bowling Green team, according to 247Sports. That class began to fill in by July and included a nationally ranked quarterback in James Morgan.
Between satellite camps and SU’s staff visiting prospective players this summer, the Orange’s 2017 numbers are going to grow.
Syracuse will be represented at ten camps this summer. The first begins tomorrow in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
These camps allow for the Syracuse staff to evaluate talent all across the country. Babers’ and company will forge relationships with players that could pay off down the road.
On the visiting front, last cycle, staff visits played major roles in the recruitments of Airon Servais, Liam O’Sullivan and Joshua Black (although some of these came after the summer).
Back to the main point: three 2017 commitments is concerning. Three 2017 commitments in early June is not. National Signing Day 2017 is over 8 months away. It’s not time to panic.
Syracuse’s class will fill in as the summer progresses. Then the debate will switch from questioning if SU has enough commits, to if the Orange has enough good ones.
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Posted: Connor Morrissette