Since Ron Thompson committed to Syracuse on November 7, plenty of other prospects have been ruled out of the mix. There are a few reasons for the sudden change, other than the team landing one commitment.
With 21 commits (including Thompson), only six schools in America have more players in the 2012 class.
Two days after Thompson decided on the Orange, three-star RB Lakeith Walls ruled ‘Cuse out because of "a swarm of commits these last couple of days," he said via text message. Walls has since visited Louisville and committed to North Carolina State.
Two-star linebacker/ running back Darius Parson, who is committed to SU, told his coach that the numbers are low, and it has since opened up his recruitment a bit although he wants to "honor the loyalty that Syracuse showed him (by offering him before any other school) in the recruiting process."
On Wednesday, three-star prospect Akeel Lynch told Scout.com that the Orange just "stopped recruiting me."
The trend has picked up in the last week, but some prospects have not spoken much because of their ongoing football seasons. The correlation of players who remain mum and Syracuse's decreasing amount of available spots in the 2012 class may lead the way as to who may sneak in the group. Cornerback Wayne Morgan and running back/ linebacker David Perkins remain prime targets for the Orange, though Morgan seems to be the better possibility considering Perkins didn't even name SU while listing the schools he is being recruited by in his latest contact with the Scout.com network.
The cloudy picture will become more clear for the 2012 class once the Orange's regular-season finishes up in December. Soon after, several recruits will make it on to campus for an official visit, and the last few spots will likely be filled up.