As we head into Week 4 of the college football season, it seems like a good time to check in on Syracuse football’s recruiting class. Dino Babers isn’t known for big time recruiting classes, but he consistently finds diamonds in the rough – like Andre Cisco. He’s also formed one of the best special teams in the country.
Right now the Orange’s recruiting class is lower than it generally is, sitting at No. 71 according to 247Sports. Generally a Babers class ranks around No. 50 in the country. That low-seventies ranking is the second worst class in the ACC, just ahead of Virginia Tech. SU won’t compete in recruiting with the top dogs of the ACC like Clemson, Florida State, and Miami. No matter if those teams are good or bad, the regions are too fertile with talented playmakers to have paltry recruiting classes.
But SU should out-recruit teams like Wake Forest and Duke. Coming off of a 10 win season and a shellacking of West Virginia in the Outdoor Camping Bowl, SU oozed with recruiting momentum.
Currently Syracuse has 13 commits and are breaking into Canada to find playmakers. Three-star safety Ben LaBrosse – SU’s top commit – hails from Montreal.
In the past Babers has scoured the south, particularly Mississippi, Florida, and North Carolina for talent. And while the 2020 class has a couple of recruits from North Carolina, most of the commits are from the Northeast and Canada. That’s a stark contrast to Babers’ previous recruiting style. Maybe he’s trying to create consistent pipelines to Syracuse. Or maybe in this class he’s found players that fit his style and just so happen to be closer to home.