After missing out on 2024 five-star Elliot Cadeau, Adam Weitsman has two new targets. The billionaire has reportedly offered NIL deals to two 2024 guards. One is four star shooting guard Elijah Moore and the other is five star point guard Boogie Fland.
Moore has been a big target for SU for a while. He visited in October and named Syracuse among his top five schools, along with Miami, Arkansas, Alabama and Oklahoma State. Moore is set to announce his commitment on January 28th.
Moore is also set to be in attendance for Syracuse’s game against North Carolina in the Dome on Tuesday night. He is expected to sit with Weitsman by the Syracuse bench.
Moore is a 6-foot-3 170 pound shooting guard from the Bronx. He is the 97th ranked player in the country, according to 247’s composite rankings, including the number 22 shooting guard.
Fland, meanwhile, is a 6-foot-3 165 pound combo guard, who has played the point, from White Plains. 247’s composite rankings have as the 9th best player in the class of 2024 and number two combo guard. Fland was rumored to also attend the UNC game on Tuesday, but reports are he will not be in the Dome.
It’s clear that Weitsman is serious about using NIL to his and Syracuse’s advantage. SU’s biggest booster has connected it to his charitable endeavors, saying athletes he signs to deals will do charitable work around the Central New York community.
It puts Syracuse in the game for high ranked recruits in a way it hasn’t been in a decade. Even though Cadeau, who’s considered the best point guard and one of the best players in the class of 2024, didn’t choose SU, the fact that Jim Boeheim and company were on his list shows the impact Weitsman can make.
In a sport governed by money-it always was to a degree, but now on an even bigger stage and in public-Syracuse has to keep up if it wants to be relevant. In so many ways, the culture of college sports has passed SU by. Look no further than the exodus of coaches from the Syracuse football staff, all of them making lateral moves to schools and programs with higher prestige and, let’s not be naive, probably more money.
Weitsman’s offers have to net Syracuse recruits for them to be successful, obviously, but putting the Orange in play is a good start.