With the magical run that Syracuse football put together in 2018, SU fans started to become accustomed to happy surprises on the recruiting scene. The top three players in the Orange’s class of 2019 (Mikel Jones, Lee Kpogba and Cornelius Nunn) all officially affirmed their commitment to Dino Babers and company late in the cycle (Nunn briefly decommitted in October before reupping with the ‘Cuse in late November) and kind of came out of nowhere in terms of their interest in heading to Central New York. They were all pleasant surprises. On the flip side, Tuesday provided a not-so-pleasant surprise.
Three-star safety Dorian Hewett announced his decision to decommit from Syracuse via his Twitter early Tuesday morning:
RESPECT IT‼️ pic.twitter.com/wEJxKRbI1u
— Dorian Hewett (@thefuture124) January 15, 2019
Hewett’s announcement comes less than a week after he received a very late offer from the University of Utah last Wednesday, before later taking an official visit to Salt Lake City over the weekend:
— Dorian Hewett (@thefuture124) January 13, 2019
And it didn’t seem like top recruit Mikel Jones was too pleased with Hewett’s visit with the Utes:
— Mikel Jones1️⃣9️⃣ (@_Mikel12) January 14, 2019
So from the looks of it, Hewett was very impressed with what Utah had to offer when he visited. He was also probably pretty happy with who he got to visit with. Hewett went to Salt Lake City with his high school teammate Keeyon Stewart, a three-star CB, and Dylan Jordan, the top-ranked linebacker in the state of Kansas. Both seem pretty excited for the possibility of playing alongside that kind of talent.
— 𝒦𝑒𝑒’𝓎𝑜𝓃 𝒮𝓉𝑒𝓌𝒶𝓇𝓉₂₄ (@keeyon24) January 15, 2019
That Kansas boy with them north shore boys a bad sight👀👀🙅🏾♂️🙅🏾♂️ https://t.co/TY85D9ta9G
— DJ3️⃣ (@thedylanjordan_) January 14, 2019
Now, just because Hewett decommitted doesn’t mean that Syracuse is down and out in getting him to SU. We saw the exact same thing happen with Nunn when he fell in love with an offer from Miami and was insistent that he was headed to Coral Gables. Now he’s back with the Orange, so anything can happen with Hewett, but we all know that the likelihood of a recommitment is very low.
As for the state of the class of 2019 if Hewett does indeed head elsewhere, well it really doesn’t change all that much. According to 247Sports, the Orange fell from the 59th best 2019 class in the country to the 61st. The site also says that Hewett would be the 15th best recruit (out of 17) in the Orange’s 2019 class, not to mention only the third-best safety. As we talked about in our National Signing Day Roundtable, the best part about this 2019 class was that it filled a lot of future needs for SU. Losing Hewett isn’t the biggest blow to that narrative because there are two other players in the class at his position, but whenever you miss out on a guy with reported 4.4 speed, it’s going to sting at least a little.