When Syracuse hired offensive coordinator George McDonald, many expected him to help the Orange land some big prospects from talent rich Florida. That had not yielded any tangible dividends when the sun rose Sunday morning.
But Sunday night, Alin Edouard became the first Sunshine State product to commit to Syracuse in 2014. As McDonald helps Syracuse build pipelines at major Florida high schools, wins like this will only help going forward.
McDonald has a lot of ties to the area, and that helped with Syracuse landing the three star quarterback. This could potentially open the door for a solid Florida haul by the time the class is finished.
The struggles at quarterback during Syracuse's 2013 season have been well documented. After Drew Allen failed to impress out of the gate, Terrel Hunt has taken a couple of steps back after a strong start.
The future of the position was thought to be squarely in the hands of A.J. Long, who is also committed to Syracuse. Mitch Kimble and Austin Wilson will also have a say, but Long's ability to run and throw made him a good fit for McDonald's system.
With Edouard in the mix, it makes next year's camp battle extremely compelling. Long, Edouard, Kimble, Wilson and Hunt will battle it out in what should be an intriguing competition. For purposes of 2014, Syracuse is done recruiting at quarterback.
As for Long's response? "Competition brings out the best in people," Long told CuseNation.com.
Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?
Syracuse is still looking for skill position to help to complete their offensive haul in 2014. One receiver and one running back should round things out for the Orange. Steve Ishmael is the clear target at receiver, while Tommy Mister is the guy they want at running back.
The primary position of focus now is cornerback, where several Florida products are on the radar. Cordell Hudson is officially visiting in early December. Deion Hallmon remains a priority as well. Maybe the player the staff feels has the most talent at corner is Mike Johnson. Juwan Dowels was recently offered and could visit after the season.
The defensive side of the ball would not be finished with just defensive backs, however. Syracuse is still looking for a defensive end and defensive tackle. Chris Slayton is the top priority along the defensive line.
Regardless of the Jason Cabinda situation, Syracuse still wants one more linebacker. Nile Sykes is the top priority, but JaWhaun Bentley and Demetrius Johnson are also on the radar. If Cabinda were to flip to Penn State, Justin Hughes could become a priority.
Make no mistake about it, Edouard is a big get for Syracuse. He is a very talented athlete with a lot of potential. It brings more competition to the most important position on the field that could shape how the Scott Shafer era is perceived.
Edouard also brings some tangible evidence to offensive coordinator George McDonald's recruiting prowess. A day after being blown out on the field, Syracuse got a big win off of it.