Dino Babers, you‚Äôre doing quite alright for yourself.¬† The Orange recruiting class lacked depth with National Signing Day rapidly approaching, but then January 23 and 24th happened.¬† Babers and his recruiting team successfully snagged seven verbal commitments in 24 hours as the recruiting class now looks better than it ever has.¬† Here are the seven players who verbally committed, with a little information about each.¬† The Fizz will go more in depth with these players as NSD approaches.
Clark is a three-star offensive lineman that committed to SU during his official visit on Saturday.¬† The Orange were a part of his top three, which included South Carolina and Pittsburgh, two programs with much more star power than the Orange.¬† Clark decomitted from Maryland two weeks ago and has great size at 6-foot-7 and 277 pounds.¬† He became the fourth offensive lineman in the class.
Shaw is a three-star running back that chose the Orange after decommitting from Western Michigan.¬† One reason for this may be because SU just hired Western Michigan‚Äôs running backs coach, Mike Hart.¬† Shaw and Clark are both from Pennsylvania, an area that SU hasn‚Äôt necessarily recruited well in the past.¬† Shaw is the first true running back in the class.
Williams is a two-star defensive tackle from Florida that checks in at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds.¬† Like Shaw and Clark, Williams also held an offer from Pittsburgh, as well as other lesser programs.¬† Williams is the first defensive tackle in the class.
Dino Babers hire is paying off in many ways, one of which comes in the form of three-star safety Foster.¬† Foster was previously committed to Bowling Green, and has now reunited with Babers as the fourth defensive back in the class.¬† Foster checks in at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds and had offers from Purdue, Toledo, and Eastern Michigan. ¬†Check out Foster’s interview with the Fizz here.
Nelson, a three-star defensive end, is a huge get for Babers.¬† Originally committed to Miami, he decomitted following the school‚Äôs coaching change.¬† Nelson measures in at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds and becomes the third defensive end commitment in the class.¬† Like the secondary, the defensive line needs a ton of help too, so Nelson‚Äôs commitment is very important.¬† Nelson is the sixth commit from Florida, so it looks like the bridge is still open despite the coaching change.
This two-star linebacker from Florida became the sixth player to join SU when he flipped his commitment from Florida Atlantic to SU on Sunday morning.¬† Smith was on an official visit over the weekend when he announced his commitment and becomes the third linebacker in the class.¬† Smith played both safety and outside linebacker in high school but is expected to line up at outside linebacker.
Last, but certainly not least, the Orange pulled in a verbal commitment from this three-star wide receiver.¬† Butler measures in at 6-foot, 181 pounds decomitted from the Terps following their coaching change.¬† Butler is technically an ‚Äúathlete‚Äù recruit, but is more focused on wide receiver, unlike other athlete recruits Moe Neal and Sean Riley, who are more focused on running back.¬† Maryland recruited him as a defensive back.