Recruiting Ripple: Cordell Hudson

Syracuse landed a priority target at a key position of need when Cordell Hudson pulled the trigger. CuseNation.com breaks downy he impact of his commitment inside.

Largo (Fla.) High cornerback Cordell Hudson was down to Syracuse, Iowa State and Rutgers. On Sunday, he became the 15th member of the Orange's 2014 class.

Regional Impact

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.

But as Syracuse fans were patient they have seen tangible results. First it was quarterback Alin Edouard. Now it is Hudson. Tim Lester was also very involved in Hudson's recruitment.

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.

Positional Impact

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.

Mike Johnson has an official set up, but interestingly was not visited by Syracuse over the last two weeks. Neither was Deion Hallmon. Their status with Syracuse is up in the air.

Kyron Brown is also on the radar. Syracuse visited him at his school last week and are looking to schedule an official. He is currently committed to Akron, but willing to give the Orange a look.

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.

Antwan Cordy was visited by the Orange when he played in the Florida State championship game. He could enter the radar late with the Johnson and Dowels developments.

Derrick Tindal is another prospect on the radar who will official in January. The Orange have been in touch with him for some time.

Final Thoughts

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.


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