Dino Babers just keeps rolling on the recruiting trail. Adisa Isaac, the best player in the state of New York has cut his list to four. That list includes the Orange. If he were to commit to Syracuse, Isaac would be the highest rated player Babers has landed. Besides SU, the high 4-star defensive end’s list includes Penn State, Texas A&M, and Miami. He also has offers from Alabama, Michigan, LSU, and other powerhouse programs.
According to ESPN, the Brooklyn native is ranked the 53rd recruit in the country. At 6-foot-5 and 220-pounds, he has the length that defensive coordinator Brian Ward looks for in his defensive ends. After sitting behind Kendall Coleman and Alton Robinson for a year, Isaac would likely be in position to start for the Orange after the two stars graduated. While he’s one of the most talented recruits in the country, he still needs to add around 20-30 pounds of muscle. A year in a college weight room will help him immensely.
Syracuse will also receive Isaacs final official visit. He has already used four on visits to Miami, Texas A&M, Penn State, and Florida. In some instances, recruits use their last official visit on the school they have the most interest in. However, Syracuse could just be coming on strong after a surprising season.
After having one of the smallest classes in the ACC for most of the season, Syracuse pulled in three 4-star defensive recruits last week. For a team known for its offense, this class is shaping up to be the best defensive class under Dino Babers.
Under Babers, Syracuse has had great recruiting success in the southeast. The staff brought in guys like Moe Neal, Jarveon Howard, Scoop Bradshaw. However, they have had trouble keeping top recruits from New York in-state. Last year, the top two recruits both committed to Ohio State (Jeremy Ruckert and Matthew Jones). However, Syracuse was able to bring in Qadir White, a raw but talented offensive tackle who was rated as the fourth best player in New York. The year before that, Isaiah Wilson, one of the best offensive tackles in the country committed to Georgia.
While Syracuse has been able to land solid recruits from New York, it hasn’t been able to keep the elite talents local. Well, going 9-3 definitely helps on the recruiting trail. If the staff can land Isaac, that’s simply the start of more elite talent coming to play in orange. Give credit to the coaching staff for being able to turn this team around, as they currently have the squad positioned to be a perennial top-25 team. That’s something Syracuse fans couldn’t say for a long, long time.