Alin Edouard was one of the prizes of Syracuse’s 2014 recruiting class. He arrived in Central New York with the rest of his fellow freshmen over the summer to start his college career with the Orange. Edouard was active on social media, frequently posting on Twitter or Instagram regarding the off-the-field work he was putting in. He seemed happy and felt like he was at home.
Then a surprising announcement came from head coach Scott Shafer as training camp was set to begin. Alin Edouard had returned to his Florida home to be with family to deal with a personal matter. Coach Shafer has kept that matter private, reaffirming the bond that the young man and his future head coach share.
Edouard, too, wants to keep whatever has kept him at home private. He does, however, admit that he misses being at Syracuse.
”I’ve been good,” Edouard said via text on Monday. “Getting my confidence back up. Awe man, to be honest, I’ve missed ‘Cuse since the day I left. I felt like it was another home for me. Syracuse is my second home. The atmosphere is where you would want to be.
”The team is really a team. They want to better you. And I already started having a relationship with Terrel Hunt. The first day I got to ‘Cuse, Hunt took me under his wings and taught me most of the offense. Sometimes stayed and through the ball around. It’s really frustrating to wake up and not to be at ‘Cuse.”
Just because he is not on campus in person does not mean he is not there in spirit. Edouard is close friends with the other Sunshine State freshmen Steve Ishmael, Juwan Dowels, Antwan Cordy and Cordell Hudson. He stays in touch with his teammates on a regular basis.
”I’ve received texts from my Florida boys,” Edouard said. “Steve, Juwan, Cordell, Antwan. I talk to Terrel once a week. Brisly (Estime) a lot as well as Denzel (Ward) and Jamal (Custis). I just spoke with Alvin (Cornelius) yesterday. We talk about when I’m coming and how they feel when I’m not there. Things been a little different without me.”
The plan was for Edouard to be fully entrenched in Syracuse football by now. Participating in practices with the team and helping his teammates get better. Now, his days are a little different. That plan is delayed as coach Shafer revealed on Monday in a video on Cuse.com that Edouard will enroll in January.
Instead of waking up for early morning practices, he picks up a book and spends his morning reading. Edouard works out every day at 4:30pm, he says, with Teddy Bridgewater’s godfather.
So while Edouard tries to take care of some private, personal matters, he implores Syracuse fans not to worry. He will play football for the Orange.
”I’m committed to coach Shafer and the rest of the coaching staff,” Edouard said. “I have half of the playbook down here too so I’m looking through that every day. I will be back. I mean, I’m committed to a school where I’m offered to play quarterback and get my education.
"I wouldn’t let coach Shafer or McDonald down. I just have to put my words into action.”