Recruiting Ripple: Gerald Robinson

Syracuse landed it's highest rated prospect in 2015 to date when Gerald Robinson committed on Friday. What does his pledge mean to the Orange's recruiting efforts going forward? We break it all down inside.

Two commitments in two days for Syracuse football, as Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic cornerback Gerald Robinson gave his pledge on Friday.

Regional Impact

Syracuse had a huge haul in Florida in the 2014 class, and are back at it in 2015. Their first prospect to commit to the Orange this cycle was the three-star Gerald Robinson. The relationships offensive coordinator George McDonald is forming have been huge on the recruiting scene.

Landing players like Steve Ishmael, Alin Edouard and several others from the state in the previous class were due to his efforts. Once again he has made his mark by landing a talented prospect who had not visited the campus before pulling the trigger.

The Orange will continue to hit the area hard as they look to add depth and talent throughout the roster. Florida has become as important a recruiting pipeline as Syracuse has. As long as George McDonald is coaching the Orange, that will continue to be the case.

His relationships with high school coaches and ability to relate to talented prospects has had a huge impact on Syracuse's recruiting efforts.

Positional Impact

Syracuse added seven defensive backs in the 2014 class, and will look to add a few more in 2015. With one corner in the fold, they can look towards one or two more this cycle. Florida may be where the Orange look for those prospects as well.

Also in the defensive backfield, Syracuse will look to add a couple safeties as well. They will continue to recruit the position hard as upgrading the talent there is critical there if they are to take the next step within the ACC. That would be competing with the speed and athleticism on the outside of the elite programs (Florida State, Clemson).

In total, Syracuse will likely land four or five defensive back prospects in 2015. Robinson gets them off to a nice start.

Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?

The Orange will shift their focus to other prospects on their board. Jeremiah Dinson and Davante Davis are the top two targets at corner. A prospect like Daivon Ellison could be a target later in the cycle as could Xavier Braithwaite.

At safety, Syracuse wants Daiquan Kelly, Jazzee Stocker and Marquise Blair. Those are their top three targets right now. Richie Kittles is still on the radar as is Tim Bowers, who may get a spring visit.

Syracuse currently leads for three-star Kelly, but a Michigan State visit this weekend may be the biggest obstacle.

Offensive tackle will continue to be a position of focus, with Cody Conway one of the top targets. Defensive end, defensive tackle and linebacker will also be key positions. Qaadir Sheppard, Austrian Robinson, Shareef Miller, Amir Ealey and Mohamed Barry are the top targets for the front seven.

The Orange will look to add at least one running back, with Dontae Strickland and Devine Ozigbo as the priorities.

Final Thoughts

Robinson is Syracuse's highest rated verbal of the three commitments thus far in the 2015 class. Once again McDonald helps the Orange land a talented prospect without seeing the campus in person. His recruiting prowess continues to pay dividends. Syracuse fans should be excited about this pickup.


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