When George McDonald was hired as Syracuse's offensive coordinator, he came with a reputation of being a strong recruiter. Specifically in the talent rich state of Florida. Early in the cycle, his efforts had not bore much fruit.
The Orange are not done in the Sunshine State. McDonald is the main reason Syracuse is in good standing with receiver Steve Ishmael and several other Florida prospects.
Rumor Mill: Ishmael could be considered a Syracuse lean. The Orange have been out front for some time. His relationship with McDonald may be the deciding factor.
Syracuse made defensive back a priority in the 2014 class. They had already landed two safeties and a corner, but were not satisfied. With Keon Lyn and Ri'Shard Anderson graduating and Brandon Reddish a junior, the Orange needed reinforcements.
Lamar Dawson and Cordell Hudson are a good start. Syracuse is still looking for one or two more cornerbacks to fill out the class, but they have found talent regardless of how that plays out.
Hudson was the top target at the position left on the board. Landing him over recruiting rivals Rutgers, Boston College and others is important for the Orange. With two corners down, they can shift their focus on landing one more prospect at the position.
Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?
Syracuse is looking for one more corner, possibly two, to round out their class at the position. One of their top targets was Juwan Dowels who is good friend with Alin Edouard.
The Orange appeared to be in a good position, as Dowels had an official set up for January. However, Clemson and Oklahoma offered recently He subsequently scheduled his Oklahoma official for the weekend that was previously reserved for Syracuse. His status with the Orange is in doubt.
DaiQuan Lawrence was committed to Wake Forest, but opened up his recruitment when Jim Grobe resigned. Syracuse has been in touch with Lawrence since then and has a late January official scheduled. While Virginia is the favorite, the Orange could make a push for him late.
Derrick Tindal is another prospect on the radar who will official in January. The Orange have been in touch with him for some time.
Hudson has been a priority target for Syracuse since early on in the cycle. Landing him gives the Orange more talent in their defensive backfield. He also adds another prospect from Florida, where Syracuse is continuing to develop a pipeline. Hudson is a big get for the Orange.