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Recruiting Restrictions Could Help Syracuse Hold Its Grip on Tyler Cross

There should not be any drastic changes on National Signing Day, Wednesday, to what looks to be a formidable recruiting class for Syracuse football. The only commit who shows any signs of doubt is Chapel Hill (Douglasville, GA) defensive tackle Tyler Cross.


The two-star, 6’2” 275 lb. snowplow along the defensive line took an official visit to Wake Forest this past weekend. Cross is close by to Winston-Salem since he’s from the Peach State. However, the Orange has a significant advantage over the Demon Deacons.’s Mike McAllister joined 89.1 WJPZ FM Sunday morning to fill us in:


“He (Cross) is really the only one I would worry about flipping to another school. The good news for Syracuse is starting tonight (Sunday at midnight), it’s a new dead period until Signing Day. Coaches cannot visit prospects at their house, their school or anything like that.”


This dead period is crucial not just for securing Cross, but all the way around for all SU commitments. Sure, Scott Shafer does not have the ability to make any final pitches. Other programs, though, can’t do that either. As it turns out, Cross likely considered the visit simply for the experience.


“He’s still 100% Syracuse. He just wanted the free trip,” McAllister said.


So most likely, any player committed to the Orange as of this afternoon is a lock. Cross might be the only change. In terms of who might be the last domino to fall in SU’s favor, McAllister has the scoop:


“The one to watch out for is Doyle Grimes, who last Monday decommitted from Marshall.”

The LB Grimes originally pledged Syracuse, then flipped to Marshall. Now he’s up for grabs this week. Indiana does have an offer to compete. Grimes is the potential, pleasant surprise Orange fans receive on NSD15.

Posted:  Brendan Glasheen

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