Syracuse freshman wide receiver Corey Cooper is transferring. He announced his intentions on social media late Wednesday night. While this seemingly came out of left field, there is a silver lining for the Orange, however.
Syracuse’s 2015 class is filling up fast, but there are still several talented players on the radar. Prior to the transfer, the Orange were looking at only three or four more slots available. Those were reserved for cornerback Daivon Ellison, defensive tackle Jamal Milan, defensive end Qaadir Sheppard and either safety Jonathan Crawford or safety Jazzee Stocker.
With the additional slot, it means Syracuse could take both Crawford and Stocker. It also means defensive lineman Austrian Robinson is firmly entrenched as a legitimate option. In fact, it is entirely possible that Syracuse would take all six of those players. Here is the latest on each.
Daivon Ellison: Ellison was thought to be announcing his decision on August 11th, his mom’s birthday. However, the day came and went without a public declaration. Syracuse still leads, and it could take another visit before he decides. Look for that to happen either this month or an official in the fall.
Jamal Milan: Milan has a top two of Illinois and Syracuse. The Illini lead for the three-star tackle, but he has insisted the Orange will get an official even if he commits to Illinois before his senior season. Syracuse will continue to recruit Milan with the anticipation that the Illinois staff could be on the hot seat with another subpar season.
Qaadir Sheppard: The three-star defensive end is one of New York’s best. Syracuse has him as arguably the top priority remaining in the class. Syracuse recently sent him over 30 hand-written letters, which had a big impact. He is trying to get back up to campus this month. The Orange are in a good spot, and a decision could come by early September.
Austrian Robinson: Robinson has Maryland as his leader. Syracuse is ramping up their recruitment of the three-star talent. They are trying to get him on campus as soon as this weekend. The Orange may have an uphill climb, but they will make the effort at a minimum.
Jonathan Crawford: Crawford is the former high school teammate of current freshman cornerback Cordell Hudson. Crawford recently named Syracuse as his leader exclusively to CuseNation.com. He is looking at an official visit in December. Louisville is the biggest threat here.
Jazzee Stocker: Stocker has Syracuse in his top five. Maryland is the other school that seems to be standing out within his list. He is looking to take an official this fall, with the Florida State game as a realistic option. Stocker has already considered that weekend.
Cooper's transfer could also open up prospects that emerge over the next few months not currently on the radar.