Syracuse’s hiring of tight ends Bobby Acosta was partially done for a recruiting impact. That was to help the Orange get back into New Jersey, where Syracuse has historically recruited very well.
Head coach Scott Shafer has put a premium on reestablishing the Orange as a recruiting force in the talent-rich state. Coach Acosta moved on Ellison quickly and established Syracuse as the team to beat.
Landing both Ellison to add to running back Dontae Strickland and safety/linebacker Daiquan Kelly sends a message that Syracuse is serious about their efforts in the state. Other New Jersey targets are taking notice as well.
Syracuse missed on Jake Pickard, but have been successful with their other targets in the state. Jordan Fox is still on the radar and the Orange will continue to recruit him hard. Syracuse continues to make waves in coach Acosta’s first year recruiting the Garden State.
Landing three of the best players in the state in 2015 is a major step forward for the program in terms of recruiting.
Ellison is Syracuse’s third 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 as he joins Gerald Robinson and Andrew Spence.
Ellison will likely be a versatile player who switches between safety and corner for Syracuse. The Orange like his physicality and tackling ability which would suggest a role at safety. But his cover skills and size could make for a solid corner who covers the opposing slot receiver.
Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?
Syracuse is likely done at corner as the class continues to fill up. While one would theorize that the Orange are also done at safety, that is not the case. Two very talented defensive backs are still on the radar.
Fellow three-star safety Jazzee Stocker, from Pennsylvania, has Syracuse in his top five. He also wants to take an official visit and could be eyeing the weekend of the Florida State game as a potential timeframe for the trip.
The defensive line will be the other focus for the rest of the class. Defensive tackle Jamal Milan and defensive end Qaadir Sheppard are the top targets. Behind them are Austrian Robinson and Amir Ealey.
Ellison is a big get for Syracuse. Both from a perception standpoint of landing someone from New Jersey with other BCS offers and filling a need at corner or safety. Assistant Bobby Acosta has done a nice job this cycle starting to get the Orange back in the state.