Recruiting Ripple: West Lindor

CuseNation.com breaks down the recruiting impact of landing 2015 WR/TE West Lindor.

Syracuse landed its 21st commitment in the 2015 class when St. Louis (Mo.) Affton wide receiver/tight end West Lindor pledged Orange on Wednesday.

Regional Impact

Missouri has not been a key recruiting area for Syracuse, and like won’t continue to be in the future. That doesn’t mean they won’t look for prospects in the Show Me State, but that it won’t be a key pipeline similar to New York, New Jersey, Florida or Illinois.

Lindor is the second commitment from Missouri for Syracuse over the last three recruiting cycles. The other is receiver Corey Winfield, who is entering his redshirt freshman season. That type of rate for Syracuse’s success in the state is more likely the norm going forward.

Positional Impact

One of the key positions in Syracuse’s 2015 class was the “Y” position. A hybrid wide receiver/tight end position that Syracuse envisions having a huge role in the future of the Orange offense. Assistant coach Bobby Acosta will be tasked with developing this position to give them another versatile weapon to create mismatches all over the field.

Throughout the recruiting process, Empire State product Alex Parkinson was the top target. At several points he seemed close to selecting the Orange. But waivering on his end caused the staff to look for other options.

Lindor was looked at as a talented prospect who would fit the position very, very well. He has strong ball skills and can really jump, attacking the ball at its highest point. He has a great frame for the “Y” position, standing 6-foot-4.

He could easily add 20-30 pounds without losing any of his 4.6-40 speed.

Syracuse is done at the position, with leaves Parkinson and others like Trevill Holcy out of the mix.

Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?

I’m basically done saying things will slow down for Syracuse now. The class is filling up very fast, but there could still be several slots available. A class of 26 or 27 is definitely possible.

Look for Syracuse to add a couple of defensive ends. The top targets are Jake Pickard, Qaadir Sheppard and Austrian Robinson. Robinson could also play defensive tackle, but will be brought in as a versatile defensive lineman.

Pickard is visiting Wisconsin, Nebraska and Oregon after the dead period. A return trip to Syracuse is also in the works. The Orange are one of his top schools. Sheppard remains high on Syracuse and wants to visit in August.

At defensive tackle, Jamal Milan is the top target. He visited a few weeks ago and loved what he saw. He likely won’t decide until during his senior season. Syracuse will wait on him as long as it takes.

There are still two linebacker slots available. The Orange may be moving on from Kyle Pugh, who is going to take all five officials before deciding. Look for Syracuse to check out other linebacker targets in addition to Anthony McKee and Troy Henderson. While those two are the top priorities, it is imperative to look into backup plans as neither is a sure thing to choose Syracuse.

Targets to keep an eye on are Roy Yancey, Doug Salter and Sterling Sheffield. The staff also likes Jordan Fox, but there is a question as to whether they are serious players there or not.

The secondary is not quite done yet. Daivon Ellison is the clear top target and the Orange are in a good spot with him.

Final Thoughts

Lindor is a nice get for Syracuse. He fills the need of the “Y” position and continues their recruiting momentum over the last four to five weeks.


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