Every Syracuse fan knows that Andre Cisco is destined for the NFL. His 12 interceptions led the nation over the past two seasons. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. ranked the reigning All-ACC Second Teamer as the second best safety in next year’s NFL Draft.
Given his accolades and draft stock, it’s safe to assume Cisco will turn pro after this season, if there is a season. He might have played his last game for Syracuse.
Even if the NCAA manages to fit a season in, it will not play out as scheduled. The Ivy League and Patriot League already cancelled non-conference games, with other conferences expected to follow. On ESPN’s Get Up on Wednesday morning, Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelley insisted upon a 2020-2021 season, even if it means pushing it back to the spring. The 2021 NFL Draft is scheduled to begin on April 29. It is unclear if and how a spring football schedule would conflict with the Draft preparation, combine and interviews.
That being said, Cisco should be remembered as the ultimate diamond in the rough, the three-star from Valley Stream, NY that gave people a reason to talk about Syracuse football.
Many fans will think of his standout true freshman season, playing centerfield for the Orange right out of IMG Academy, snagging seven interceptions. He won conference defensive rookie of the year, and made the All-ACC First Team. His second season wasn’t quite as strong on paper. Cisco seized five interceptions and made the all-conference second team. But that was the more impressive season because teams had a full year of tape on him heading into his sophomore year.
The Orange rarely get a plug-and-play guy right out of high school that they can not only rely on to start, but to anchor the entire defensive unit as the team’s best playmaker. Fans can only pray they see Cisco play another year at SU. This was supposed to be a huge season for him under Tony White’s 3-3-5 defensive scheme. Cisco is already a first or early-second round pick. This last season would have been for the fans, for one last ride with one of the best defensive backs to ever suit up for Syracuse.