The Fizz has recently detailed the renewed emphasis on Florida recruiting by Doug Marrone and co.
While Groobers simply figured he could tap into the bountiful pipeline that was Delaware, the evolution of the Big East has turned toward the Sunshine State.
West Virginia with Doc Holliday was outstanding in FLA. Greg Schiano has made it a Rutgers priority. Pitt has walked in and nabbed impact players as well.
One or two playmakers from Florida can be the difference in a conference like the Big East which relies so heavily upon kids from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Take advantage of their speed and athleticism with the controlled conditions and fast track of the Dome.
Marrone’s approach is paying huge dividends.
Miramar (FL) safety Keondrick Lyn originally committed to Northern Illinois, now he’s making a switch and heading to Syracuse. He played in the Nike Miami-Dade/Broward All-Star Game and played a vital role for the Patriots during the 6A state title run.
“Everything on the visit went so well. The campus, coaching staff and what they have to offer in the classroom. When I went to a basketball game on campus in Syracuse, I was sold on the college atmosphere. It was everything you dreamed that a college would like.”
Exactly. College should be about 30,000 people at basketball games, a Top-5 ranking and beer sold on campus.
Marrone is also adding faucets to the Florida pipeline (smart move). Roger Harriott is the new running backs coach. Harriott starred at Ft. Lauderdale powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas and had built The University School’s program into a budding 2B power.
“They offered and it was something I simply could not pass up. A great move for the entire family. Leaving was never an option, but to coach at a school like Syracuse is a life-changing decision.”
Just so happens (cough) Harriott was in the middle of SU’s recruitment of two standouts. Stud defensive lineman Max Beaulieu and defensive back Brice Hawkes are both University School kids. They committed to Syracuse earlier in the winter.
Marrone’s Marauders will have a distinct Sunshine State vibe to them. Sure beats Deleware.