Recruiting Ripple: Davante Davis

Syracuse picked up their fourth commitment on Tuesday in cornerback Davante Davis. How does he impact their future recruiting at his position, regionally and more? has full break down inside.

Syracuse picked up their fourth commitment of the 2015 class on Tuesday when Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington cornerback Davante Davis verbally pledged to the Orange.

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, and Davis gives them another defensive back from the area. 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, similar to Edouard last cycle and Robinson in this one.

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 over the last two cycles.

Positional Impact

Syracuse added seven defensive backs in the 2014 class, and will look to add a few more in 2015. With two corners 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 of safeties. 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 and Davis get 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 is the top remaining target at corner. A prospect like Daivon Ellison could be a target later in the cycle if the Orange miss on Dinson.

Make no mistake

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 despite committing to Western Michigan. He says he still has plans to visit Syracuse, but it remains to be seen if that interest is reciprocated. Another interesting prospect is Tim Bowers, who may get a spring visit.

Syracuse currently leads for three-star Kelly, but a Penn State offer could alter things. Still, he is a priority for the Orange and they will be in it with Kelly until the end.

Do not underestimate the importance of holding on to current commitments. Both Robinson and Davis could be targets of other programs throughout the rest of the evaluation period and during the summer. They could also be targets of programs that miss on other players and look for a last minute replacement.

Syracuse did a nice job in 2014 holding onto talented players, and will need to do so with these two corners. Davis has ideal size at 6-foot-2, giving the Orange a bigger corner who can run but could also switch to safety if needed. He has the potential to blow up this fall, so Syracuse will have to hold on to this one.

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

Davis is a nice pickup as a talented target from a national power in high school football. Booker T. Washington won the national title and routinely produces division one talent. The 6-foot-2 corner transferred in last season to Booker T., and will place his first season for them this fall.

Davis has ideal size for a defensive back and continues the Florida pipeline for Syracuse in recent years. This was a nice recruiting win for Syracuse as coach McDonald continues to land prospects without them visiting the campus.

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