While Syracuse’s recruiting class might not get much national attention, at least one of its recruits will. Quarterback Tommy DeVito will be one of four players in studio throughout ESPNU’s day long coverage of National Signing Day. According to a press release today, DeVito, along with Fred Hansard (Penn State) and A.J. Dillon (Boston College) will be live from ESPN’s Bristol campus. Wyatt Davis (Ohio State) will join the coverage live from Los Angeles.
It’s terrific for Syracuse to have exposure on national television on a huge day for recruits. DeVito will be in good company as No. 1 overall recruit Trey Smith (Tennessee) will be interviewed live from Knoxville that afternoon. Smith committed to the Vols in December during College Football Daily on ESPNU.
ESPN will have reporters at 16 power schools on Signing Day, so to have an SU recruit (and likely the most visible and impactful player from this Orange class) part of the action is great for Dino Babers efforts. And to add to the name recognition, ESPN’s stable of college football names will all be there. Joe Tessitore, Tom Luginbill, Mack Brown, Joey Galloway and David Pollack will be on hand. Plus Les Miles will be a guest analyst. Having some chatter surrounding Syracuse football can only be a good thing with that group.
DeVito chose Syracuse over Maryland, Boston College and a handful of Group of Five schools (including Rutgers). The 6’1″ New Jersey product is ranked #8 in ESPN’s ranking for pocket passers nationwide. The players above him are headed to USC, Georgia, Clemson, Stanford, LSU, Michigan, and Penn State. DeVito has a chance to help be a turning point for the program, a young man with major talent, ability to put up massive numbers in this offense, and help kickstart the rebuild for SU.
DeVito will have a lot of attention on him once he gets to campus, and Signing Day will be a good first foray into that fishbowl on ESPNU. National recognition can only be a positive thing for the SU program.