Syracuse had another important recruiting victory as Fleming (NJ) Hunterdon Central outside linebacker Jason Cabinda made a verbal commitment to the Orange on Monday, announcing his decision via Twitter. It was already a historic day as Syracuse officially began its membership in the ACC. But the Orange staff got some good recruiting news as well.
"Following my heart and it wants to bleed orange! Syracuse football class of 2018 #orange #cusenation #orangenation," Cabinda tweeted. "I appreciate all the opportunities that I have been given throughout the recruiting process and have been given the opportunity to meet many people throughout all this and I appreciate all those who respect my decision and have supported me all the way throughout this."
It has been a little over a month since Cabinda added Syracuse to his offer list. The Orange have made the 6-foot-2 linebacker a major priority ever since.
Nearly three weeks ago, Cabinda named a top three and said he wanted to visit each before deciding. He added a fourth to that mix when Maryland offered. However, the Syracuse visit was apparently all he needed as he subsequently cancelled trips to Maryland and Boston College.
The Orange envision Cabinda using his athleticism and speed that made him a solid high school running back to turn him into a strong ACC linebacker. Syracuse continues to put a premium on speed in recruiting.
Two other linebacker commits may have helped with Cabinda's decision. Zaire Franklin and Colton Moskal have been recruiting Cabinda for Syracuse ever since the two committed. A.J. Long was also part of that force that helped the Orange land their third linebacker in the 2014 class.
Cabinda is Syracuse's seventh commitment and fourth linebacker for their 2014 class. He chose the Orange over Maryland, Boston College, and Temple, each of whom were in consideration during his final decision. The talented linebacker also had offers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Old Dominion, and several others.