A focus for Syracuse football recruiting in the 2015 class is to get back into New Jersey. They have been pushing forward with that strategy throughout, and found another target they want to pursue. Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep cornerback Daivon Ellison was offered by Syracuse recently.
"I was pretty shocked and excited at the same time," Ellison said. "I had not heard from them before that so it was a surprise. But it's Syracuse and that's a big name school so it's exciting."
Ellison is still in the early stages of his relationship with the Orange, but is looking forward to getting to know more about the program as his recruitment develops.
"I'm definitely interested," Ellison said. "I don't know a lot about the program to be honest. But I plan on doing a lot of research and getting up there so I can learn more about them. I don't know when yet."
Tight ends coach Bobby Acosta has been on the forefront of Syracuse's efforts in the Garden State. He is Ellison's primary recruiter. The relationship between the two will be critical for the Orange's chances with the 5-foot-10 corner.
"Coach Acosta is my recruiter," Ellison said. "He's a real cool guy and he's down to earth. He tells you what you need to hear not what you want to hear. He's a real family guy."
Ellison and fellow Syracuse offeree Dontae Strickland are good friends. The two have frequently discussed playing together at the next level. In fact, Ellison said if Strickland were to commit to Syracuse (or another school), it should "most likely" push them up on his list.
Ellison is still taking his time with the process, but knows when he wants to make his decision.
"I'm planning to commit on my mom's birthday, August 11th," Ellison said. "I have an open mind right now and I'm taking everything in. I don't have any favorites yet."
Despite no favorites, Ellison knows what is looking for in a potential landing spot.
"Relationship with the coaching staff," he said. "How the tradition is with football and outside of football. How much my mom likes the school and if I just feel at home."