When Isaiah McDuffie committed to Syracuse back in July he pledged to the Scott Shafer regime. The Bennett (NY) linebacker loved SU’s family atmosphere and had spoken with Clark Lea about how he can improve defensively in coverage.
Following Shafer’s dismissal, Syracuse’s first 2017 commit told the Fizz that he was confused by the move.
McDuffie’s father explained that his son still planned to attend Syracuse though.
“Our word and our commitment means something to us, so right now we believe that Syracuse is the best situation for [Isaiah] and we’re going to stick strong and firm to that commitment for the time being.”
This weekend is Dino Babers’ chance to lock in McDuffie’s commitment with the Buffalo native visiting campus. SU’s new coaching staff is just as high as on the linebacker as the old staff was according to Scout.com.
This is important because when the Fizz spoke with McDuffie’s father back in November he said his son was receiving attention from many other schools.
“We’ve had [a lot] of interest from a lot of schools. UConn, Penn State, University of Buffalo, Washington State and there was of course Syracuse and now Boston College has really, really come into the picture.”
In addition to McDuffie, some other recruits are visiting the Hill this weekend. 4-star Washington DC quarterback Kasim Hill headlines the list, but there are also a host of players attending from Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania. New York and New Jersey will also be represented.
Babers said on National Signing Day that he wants to bring in more local talent. He’ll have his first real opportunity to introduce some New York high school kids to SU football this weekend.
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Posted: Connor Morrissette