The Syracuse staff was put into a tough position so close to signing day. But that has not stopped them from being aggressive on the recruiting front. Before some members of the new staff was officially announced by the athletics department, they were on the phone with recruits.
New offers have gone out to prospects like Corey Cooper, John O'Korn, Mitch Kimble, Zach Poker, Brisly Estime, Todd Porter, Chauncey Scissum, Reggie Spearman, Simeon Thomas and others. The decision to bring in the targeted talent has been quick and decisive. They identified the talent they wanted and moved to get them to Syracuse. An under the radar running back, New York City's William Stanback, has also taken an official visit.
So far, that has worked on one prospect, as Corey Winfield committed on Tuesday after an in-home from Tim Lester and Scott Shafer. He echoed the sentiments that recruits are saying regarding members of the new staff which was a big reason why he committed.
Shafer and Lester also spent time with Kimble in his home. Kimble will visit North Carolina State this weekend and likely choose between the two schools.
The new coaches are young, energetic, and allow prospects to relate to them quickly. Recruits feel comfortable around the coaches which allows for a big impression quickly. That is paramount this close to signing day. Because of those efforts, Syracuse appears to be in good shape with Cooper, Kimble, and Scissum. The others are still to be determined.
But new prospects are not the only ones the new staff has focused on. Rob Moore has visited Augustus Edwards and Laray Smith. Shafer has called Devan Carter to prevent a flip from the Rochester (NY) linebacker. A concerted effort has been made to keep the committed prospects so they will sign with the Orange on February 6th.
They were successful in keeping Austin Wilson after Tim Lester and George McDonald spoke to him. Malik Brown was also very excited about Shafer's hire, though he continues to take official visits elsewhere.
While the action has been fast and furious with phone calls, visits, and offers, the work is not done. Syracuse will still likely look to add four to six new prospects in the 2013 class. Some big weekends are ahead on January 25th and February 1st with visitors coming to campus on both weekends.
While it has not been officially scheduled yet, Reggie Spearman is likely to visit one of those weekends as well. As signing day rapidly approaches, these weekends are huge as the staff wraps up the 2013 class. There is still plenty of talent out there, and the new coaches have been aggressive since joining Shafer's staff.