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Syracuse’s Florida Connection Continues Without George McDonald

Two SU coaches went on a Florida recruiting trip this week.

Last year at this time Syracuse offensive coordinator George McDonald was recruiting in Florida which led to SU bringing in three 2015 players from the Sunshine State. McDonald now coaches at North Carolina State leaving offensive line coach Joe Adam and receivers coach Bobby Acosta to recruit for the Orange down south.

The pair has not yet locked down any verbal commitments, but this week the coaches went on an offering spree. Expect SU’s 2016 class to have some Florida flavor in the near future.

Syracuse brought in two St. Thomas Aquinas offensive linemen last year, Colin Byrne and Sam Clausman. Adam and Acosta returned to the Aquinas campus this month and offered four more recruits. 2018 corners Benjamin Sapp and Asante Samuel, 2017 receiver Mike Harley and 2016 3-star receiver Michael Irvin Jr. (who just happens to be the son of former Cowboy Michael Irvin) all received scholarship offers from Syracuse this week.

Last year McDonald helped recruit Keivonnis Davis out of Miami Central High School. Davis flipped to Florida once McDonald left, but this year Adam and Acosta went right back to Miami Central in search of talent. They were not left disappointed offering current Florida State 2016 verbal commit Keir Thomas, a defensive end as well as 4-star 2016 receiver Darnell Solomon.

A second Miami high school, Columbus, also garnered attention from Adam and Acosta this week. The pair offered current 2016 University of Miami verbal commit Joshua Uche, a defensive end and followed that up by offering 2016 offensive lineman Kyle Mann.

The players who have the best chance at coming to SU are Irvin Jr. and Mann.

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Posted: Connor Morrissette

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