It’s getting pretty repetitive now: another day, another recruit. Wednesday brought in the Orange’s 23rd commitment, and it came at a much-needed position.
Wide receiver West Lindor verbally pledged to Syracuse on Wednesday and bolstered a recruiting class that was a little shallow in the “skill players” department. Lindor is a 2-star, 6’4”, 205-pound wideout. He chose the Orange over a cluster of lesser schools like Arkansas State, Dartmouth and Southeast Missouri State.
Lindor is officially the first wide receiver to pledge Orange for 2015, although he could potentially join K.J. Williams, who was deemed academically ineligible for the upcoming season last week.
While Lindor will not have any impact on this coming season, his commitment is a relief, as the team could really use some help in pass-catching. Last season’s wide receiving core was abysmal, which could be attributed to both the Orange’s rookie quarterback situation and strength in the run game.
At 6’4”, Lindor would actually be one of the tallest receivers on the roster today. While the Orange have a lot of depth guys, what they lack is size on the outside. The team is seemingly filled with speedy, slot receivers but lacks a player who can go up and get the ball. The only two receivers listed on the official Syracuse roster taller than Lindor will be first-year players: Jamal Custis and Adly Enoicy.
While this pickup is certainly filling a future need for the Orange, one has to wonder how exactly Coach Shafer is going to fit all of these players on the roster. With National Signing Day still over four months away, there are plenty of high schoolers that the Orange has offered. Some of the players could choose Syracuse, but at this pace, the recruiting class of 2015 could balloon much higher than any in recent memory. Shafer has done a good job of persuading recruits to pick Orange, but he needs to start reeling in the big fish before the class is full.
Posted by: Jason Weingold