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Hot June? Syracuse Football & Hoops Recruiting Recap

Scott Shafer brought home the bacon in June.

June was a very busy month for Syracuse sports. The school hired Mark Coyle as its new athletic director, Mike Hopkins was named the successor to Jim Boeheim, and football commitments started pouring in from all directions. The new names may have been hard to keep up with, so here’s a recap of Syracuse recruiting in the month of June.

Syracuse football didn’t land a single recruit in May, which had all of us at Orange Fizz screaming bloody murder. Scott Shafer shut us up with the month he had in June. The first commit of the month was Rex Culpepper, a three-star QB from Tampa who committed while visiting campus on June 9. The Orange is supposedly looking to get multiple quarterbacks in this recruiting cycle, so don’t be surprised if Culpepper has a partner under center by Signing Day.

Syracuse grabbed a pair of safeties in the same week of Culpepper’s commitment. Will Harper of Tyrone, GA committed on June 12, and a day later Scoop Bradshaw joined the 2016 class. Bradshaw goes to school with Rex Culpepper; the two were in Syracuse together when Culpepper committed.

On June 18, Syracuse locked up its first lineman of the month in Noel Brouse of Allentown, PA. The offensive and defensive lines were the two most heavily recruited positions for the Orange last season; there’s a good chance you’ll see less coming in this year.

Syracuse really flexed its recruiting muscle last week, grabbing four commitments in five days:

Last Thursday: Taylor Riggins (3-star linebacker; Rochester, NY)

Friday: Darius Stubbs (2-star running back; Locust Grove, GA)

Saturday: Sam Heckel (3-star lineman; Waukesha, WI)

Monday: Dymelle Parker (3-star linebacker; Camden, NJ)

Long story short, it was a good month for Syracuse football. The Orange started the month with the least amount of commits in the ACC and is now tied for 8th. Syracuse basketball didn’t have a bad month either. Paschal Chukwu, a 7’2″ Providence transfer/freakishly huge person committed to the Orange on Sunday, Tyus Battle decommitted from Michigan on June 19 and visited Syracuse the following weekend, and to round things out Michael Porter, the #2 player in the 2017 class, put Syracuse in his list of 17 (yes, 17… maybe for the class of ’17?) schools he’s still considering.

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Posted: Nathan Dickinson

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.


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