Recruiting Ripple: Andrew Spence

Syracuse picked up another cornerback on Friday. What does Andrew Spence's pledge mean to Syracuse's recruiting efforts going forward? CuseNation.com breaks it all down inside.

Syracuse landed its second cornerback in the 2015 class when Coral Gables (Fla.) CB Andrew Spence gave a verbal pledge on Friday.

Regional Impact

How key has Florida been for Syracuse since the arrival of George McDonald? After landing six players in the 2014 class, he has already helped the Orange land five this cycle. None of which have visited.

Florida has been good to Syracuse over the last few years, and continues to help the Orange find talent to add to their roster. Spence continues that trend as McDonald continues to make Syracuse a major player in the state.

Spence may also help with his teammate, Emilio Gibbs. Gibbs is a linebacker prospect with an offer from the Orange who is looking to visit over the summer.

Positional Impact

Ellison is Syracuse's second cornerback in 2015 as they look to continue to add depth with significant turnover coming. Keon Lyn and Ri'Shard Anderson have both graduated. Brandon Reddish is a senior this season and Julian Whigham is a junior.

Syracuse has an influx of talent coming in from the 2014 class, but corner is still a key position for the Orange this cycle. Ellison rounds an impressive class thus far. He brings athleticism, size and physicality to the position.

With the loss of Davis from the commitment list on Thursday, Spence is a natural replacement. Both have ideal size for the position with receivers seemingly getting bigger year after year. He plays a real physical style which will help in bump coverage, but has the fluid hips and speed to run downfield.

Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?

Syracuse still wants to add cornerback talent in this class. Daivon Ellison out of New Jersey and D'Andre Smart out of Florida are at the top of the list there. Ellison could be close as he looks to visit next weekend. Smart has named Syracuse his leader and admitted committing has crossed his mind multiple times.

The Orange are also not done at running back despite two pledges at the position. They will look to add at least one more. Dontae Strickland is high on the wish list for Syracuse that is a realistic option. Rumblings are that he will visit the weekend of June 7th with Ellison. That visit gives the Orange a chance to make a big push.

June will be an important month for Syracuse with a slew of priority targets set to check out the campus. Micah Dew-Treadway, Evan Adams, Jake Pickard, Frank Battle, Sawyer Dawson, Shyheim Cullen and Wes Annan will be visiting in the coming weeks.

Final Thoughts

Syracuse moved quickly to replace one talented, bigger corner with another. Spence gives the Orange someone with a lot of upside, similar to Davis. Another strong recruiting win by George McDonald.


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