The good news: George McDonald seems to have delivered another Syracuse verbal commit. The bad news: We have no idea if McDonald is going to be around very long.
Today 6-foot-4, 223-pound DE Keivonnis Davis chose the Orange over Cincinnati, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, South Florida and FIU. The three-star standout is a Miami native, and we know how well McDonald knows and recruits that area. Davis told Syracuse.com the former Syracuse offensive coordinator is a big reason why he chose the Hill.
But what are the odds McDonald is still on campus much longer? The Orange have only two more games left in this lost season. The campaign will wrap up by the end of the month. There will be no bowl game to stick around for, and McDonald suggested when he was demoted he wouldn’t have even come to SU had he known he would lose the job so quickly.
He apologized, and it appears the staff has been on steady ground since, even if the wins haven’t followed. But why would McDonald stick around SU as a wideouts coach, when he can easily have that job at a bigger school for more money (he held the same position at Arkansas and Miami, as well as the Cleveland Browns).
Davis is the 23rd verbal commitment in the Class of 2015 for SU, but the first since New Jersey cornerback Daivon Ellison pledged in late August. It’s also non-binding, so he can sign anywhere come February. Orange fans hope this is a sign the work McDonald did in South Florida is not being washed away. But we’ll have to take the long view to see if McDonald stays, or these verbals turn into signings at his next stop.