Florida tends to be one of the biggest recruiting grounds for college football players and Syracuse added six recruits from Florida this year. Amongst these six is Andrew Spence, a cornerback from Coral Gables.
His commitment to the Orange became all the more important when cornerback Davante Davis de-committed from Syracuse after he got offers from other big-name football programs. Spence committed to Syracuse after fielding offers from Indiana and University of Alabama- Birmingham. If he had committed to UAB he would have had to find a new school as UAB recently announced that its football program is to be disbanded before next season.
Though his offers may be somewhat limited, Spence is someone to keep an eye on over the coming weeks. Like the other commits from Florida, Spence’s main recruiter was former wide receiver coach George McDonald. McDonald left Syracuse last month to take a job at ACC-rival North Carolina State.
According to Syracuse.com, the departure of McDonald is not expected to effect Spence’s commitment to the Orange. Assuming he signs his letter of intent by national signing day and becomes part of the Syracuse program, the 6’2″, 180-pound cornerback will have the chance to fight for playing time early in his college career.
Before Spence can fight for playing time, he must finish his fight against a significant knee injury. Spence missed the last three games of his senior season and he is not expected to be cleared until next month. This is something to keep an eye on as National Signing Day rapidly approaches.
With the loss of Brandon Reddish, there is a gap that needs to be filled at the cornerback position. There are plenty of options for Syracuse to turn to as the recruiting class of 2014 brought in three corners and Spence is set to be joined by Daivon Ellison.
Both his potential on the field and the potential questions that surround Andrew Spence make him a recruit Syracuse fans should keep an eye on in the coming weeks and months.
Posted: Logan Grossman