Last summer Connecticut defensive end Brandon Ginnetti committed to Syracuse and planned to enroll this July with the rest of the 2015 class. A preseason foot injury sidelined Ginnetti for his senior season and also pushed back his enrollment on the Hill.
Ginnetti initially thought Syracuse would keep a scholarship for him in the 2016 class and he would enroll this January. Now the coaching staff isn‚Äôt returning his phone calls and he‚Äôs not sure where he stands with the Orange.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm 100 percent cleared from my doctor‚Äôs. I‚Äôve been running around doing everything, I‚Äôm not limited to anything, but I mean the doctors at Syracuse and the coaches they‚Äôre not really comfortable with my foot I guess.‚Äù
Ginnetti has tried to get in touch with Scott Shafer and Chuck Bullough this summer, but so far he hasn‚Äôt heard from them.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve tried to be in contact with them as much as I could, but I mean they don‚Äôt really respond to me much. They talk to my coach Joe Linta‚Ä¶[Linta] called me today [and said that Syracuse] is iffy about me coming there.‚Äù
The defensive lineman went on to say that he still absolutely wants to play college football for Syracuse, but he‚Äôs totally in the dark about his scholarship situation.
It‚Äôs pretty clear that the Orange is trying to cut the chord with Ginnetti. It‚Äôs just odd that Shafer won‚Äôt let him know Syracuse‚Äôs plan. If Shafer doesn‚Äôt think he‚Äôll have a scholarship for Ginnetti in the 2016 class or he doesn‚Äôt feel comfortable giving him one because of the foot injury, he should let the commit know.
Many people will say this is just a part of football recruiting. When a kid‚Äôs future is on the line though, is it really too much to let him know if he‚Äôs still able to come to SU? Even if that‚Äôs up in the air, the coaches could at least say to wait and follow up in the future.
So far none of this has happened and that doesn‚Äôt seem fair.
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Posted: Connor Morrissette