For college football fans, Christmas comes early tomorrow when the early signing period starts for recruits. There are plenty of Syracuse related stories to keep an eye on over the next couple of days.
Check out our top three stories to watch heading into the early signing period.
Will Chance Amie flip to Syracuse?
This is without a doubt the most interesting story to monitor tomorrow. Amie, who is verbally committed to Houston, took an official visit to Syracuse over the weekend. As we explained in detail yesterday, the visit came just days after Houston’s quarterback’s coach and offensive coordinator Brian Johnson left for Florida. It’s not totally uncommon for recruits to take official visits after verbally committing, but the timing of the three-star quarterback’s trip makes it seem like there is a real chance he joins Dino Babers and the Orange next season. With Eric Dungey back for his senior season, and Tommy DeVito waiting in the wings, would Amie flip to Syracuse?
Will Sean Lewis’ departure cause any last minute decommits?
To make things even more complicated this week, Syracuse’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterback’s coach Sean Lewis has left to become the head coach at Kent State. Will that loss have an impact on the decision of Amie and several other SU recruits? Players often get attached to assistant coaches. With an outspoken and well-respected head coach like Dino Babers, it’s hard for me to see the loss of a co-coordinator having a significant impact on recruiting. With that said, it wouldn’t be a total surprise if it did. It happens all around the country, but will the loss of Lewis cause any current SU commits to change course?
How does this early signing period impact Syracuse compared with other teams?
Teams go into this early signing period with one thing on their minds: get the guys you’ve already gotten. Any last minute adds would be great, but the key is to officially add the players who have verbally committed to your program. Syracuse recruiting is on the uptick, but does that continue over the next few days? A bad week for the Orange could set Babers’ goals for the next few years back a bit.
This is one of the best times of the year to be a follower of Syracuse football recruiting. Stay tuned to our website and Orange Fizz on twitter and facebook for extensive coverage of the early signing period throughout the week.