When he was introduced Monday, Dino Babers said he already had assistants hitting the recruiting trail. Tuesday night, while many expected an introduction to the public at the basketball game—myself included—Babers was instead recruiting, according ESPN’s Jason Benetti who announced the SU Hoops game Tuesday night.
New Offensive Coordinator—at least according to his own twitter bio—Sean Lewis has been active on the recruiting trails, tweeting a couple vague messages about #DomeDudes.
Multiple recruits have reaffirmed their commitment to SU following the announcement of Babers as coach. Every recruit we have reached out to here at the Fizz has been excited about Babers’ hir and would like to play with him.
Stephen Bailey at Syracuse.com has tweeted—and retweeted—the sentiments of a few more recruits. He adds that Jamal Holloway, Rex Culpepper, Moe Neal and Scoop Bradshaw are all coming up to Syracuse this weekend for their official visits. These are important visits for the Orange, and for Babers.
Of course, these are “Shafer recruits” but at this point in the recruiting cycle, you need to be able to pick up the recruits that the previous coach has in place. And that is exactly what Babers is doing. There haven’t been too many recruits that have publicly decomitted from the Orange since Babers has been hired, a testament to what he has done and the coaches he has sent out to talk to the recruits.
But Babers also has picked up a couple of commitments of his and has chased after a few kids that the previous regime had not, as far as we know. Airon Servais committed earlier in the week, and became the first commit to SU for Babers. He, like most of the other “new” recruits Babers and the coaching staff are targeting, are former Bowling Green targets.
Babers said Monday that anyone committed to Bowling Green was off the table, but if anyone reopened their recruitment, or had yet to commit, they were fair game for Babers and the new SU staff. That is what we are seeing this week. Babers’ staff is going after players he wanted, and had yet to commit to his previous program.
Regardless of who is being recruited, the new SU coaching staff is wasting no time getting after it on the recruiting trail.
Posted By: Seth Goldberg