Monday Recruiting: Eric Coley Scores Seven Touchdowns

Eric Coley made it look easy Friday night. The Syracuse commit rushed for 292 yards and seven touchdowns (yes, you read that right) in a 62-41 Fayetteville-Manlius rout of Rome Free Academy. When the Fizz spoke with Coley over the summer, he said he’d like to play on the defensive side of the ball in college. After his performance Friday, the SU coaching staff may want him to rethink that stance.

In Massachusetts, SU wide receiver commit Ifeatu Melifonwu put on another dominating performance under the lights Friday. The high school senior led Grafton to a 34-6 win over West Boylston. He scored three touchdowns and compiled 232 total yards of offense in the game.

Afterwards, Melifonwu, who plays running back for Grafton, spoke to the Worcester Telegram.

“I’m a little bit of a different runner this year,” he said. “I added some weight, and I don’t shy away from contact at all. I’m either going to run over a tackle or get dropped, but I’m never going to lose yardage after contact.”

Down in Washington, DC, a second Orange receiver commit made headlines Friday. Nykeim Johnson caught the game winning touchdown pass to lead his Friendship Collegiate team to a 19-14 win over H.D. Woodson. Johnson’s catch was in the clutch. It came on a 4th and six in the second half of the game.

Lastly, Tommy DeVito’s rough start to the 2016 season continued this past weekend. After his eye-popping performances at the Elite-11 and The Opening camps in the summer, the SU quarterback commit has struggled in his senior year at Don Bosco.

Bosco fell to Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) 20-14 Saturday. DeVito was sacked four times in the first half. He did throw two second half touchdown passes, but failed to lead his team to a win for the third straight week. Don Bosco is 0-3 for the first time since 1994.

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Posted: Connor Morrissette