Signs aren’t positive for Syracuse still being in the mix for Ty Rodgers, but it’s a little premature to rule them completely out. This week Rodgers named the six schools recruiting him hardest, and SU wasn’t on it. The Orange also aren’t on his official visits in June.
But as we’ve seen things change quickly in the recruiting game. Brandon Huntley-Hatfield chose Tennessee, which opened up the door for Kyle Filipowski. SU first offered Filipowski in April, and now are one of the front runners for him. Just one month after his offer, the Orange nabbed his first official visit.
Arthur Kaluma had already committed to UNLV and seemed destined to be part of a tremendously talented Rebels class. His commitment to UNLV was tied to pal Zaon Collins. Tragically Collins was involved in a fatal car accident when he was speeding at 88 through a 35, and hit another car killing the driver. Collins was also a top-50 recruit, and formed the best class in the Mountain West. But after the accident UNLV dropped him, and Kaluma backed out. Ultimately, Kaluma chose Creighton but SU was one of the final four. Many assumed Syracuse and Arizona were the heavy favorites.
Kaluma’s recruitment obviously is an extenuating circumstance, but it highlights the dramatic swings recruitments can take. It doesn’t look good right now for Rodgers, but as we’ve seen, plenty can change.