Doug Marrone has got another big body from greater New York City headed up the Orange pipeline and into the Carrier Dome. Welcome to ‘Cuse Nation, Jason Bromley.
As first reported by The Score 1260, the defensive end from Flushing, Queens is coming to Syracuse to play this season.
Sources say Bromley still has to clear his way academically before he can finalize his path to SU, but it‚Äôs probably a safe bet that he wouldn‚Äôt have gotten an offer if his entrance was shaky. After all, we always need more Communications and Rhetorical Studies majors!
In the recent Empire Challenge, which pits NYC players against Long Island players, he played pretty darn well:
‚ÄúBromley did an unbelievable job in there, man,‚Äù NYC defensive coordinator and Tottenville head coach Jim Munson said. ‚ÄúHe gave them hell. He knocked down two passes. They couldn‚Äôt block him when we had an inside rush.‚Äù
And that‚Äôs where some of his recognition came from. We know Doug Marrone and co. are searching coast-to-coast for talent, but you can‚Äôt get to everyone. That‚Äôs why these high school all-star games can be vital for a program in the rebuilding process.
As New Rochelle High‚Äôs Keith Fagan has told The Fizz, most, if not all, of the players already have scholarships, but here‚Äôs one who didn‚Äôt.
So is Doug Marrone in support of the Upstate-Downstate game at the Dome because he supports New York High School football? Yes.
But is he also in support of it because it could pay recruiting dividends down the road? All signs point to yes.
Smart move on his part.
As for Bromley, he wont the MVP award in the Empire Challenge and his coach Jim DeSantis sung his praises:
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs how he was all year,‚Äù DeSantis said of Bromley, who didn‚Äôt play football before coming to Flushing.‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a tribute to him. He‚Äôs just worked his ass off from Day One.‚Äù
It‚Äôs almost scary to think he didn‚Äôt even play before high school. It‚Äôs like he‚Äôll be the Hasheem Thabeet of Big East football – but not as ugly.
Just this week, Marrone has had wins in both the Empire and Sunshine States. Now we wait to see if he can extend that reach.
When we start to see commits from Fly Over Country and the corn-growing states‚Ä¶we‚Äôve reached a new frontier.
‚ÄòCuseifest Destiny – It‚Äôs not far off.
Posted: Mike Couzens