With K.J. Williams failing to qualify, Corey Cooper transferring and Corey Winfield switching positions to cornerback, the recruiting plan for Syracuse in the 2015 class has shifted slightly. Originally, they were not going to take any wide receivers. But with the recent turnover at the position, receivers have come onto the forefront once again.
Over the last few days, two new offers have gone out to talented wideouts. One to three-star Richards (Ill.) High receiver Spencer Tears. On Wednesday, another one went out. This time to three-star Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic wide receiver Steven Claude. Claude is currently committed to Wake Forest, but that doesn’t mean the Orange won’t receive a look.
”My cousin is committed there,” Claude said. “So I will do my research and probably take an official there.”
His cousin is three-star cornerback Gerald Robinson, who also attends Champagnat Catholic. He is going to do what he can to get Claude to flip.
”Of course he’s going to look at Syracuse, I’m his cousin,” Robinson said. “I will get him to flip but only if Syracuse will let us enroll early in January.”
No doubt the Orange coaching staff knows this and will allow it. Why else would they offer? Having a cousin committed has to give Syracuse an edge. In fact, Robinson says the two have discussed playing together at the next level before.
”Since we were young, we always wanted to play for the same school at the next level,” Robinson said. “We’re doing it now on the high school level so why not do it on the college level?”
Claude echoed similar sentiments, but said it is not a make or break situation.
”It would be nice because we can go through the journey together,” Claude said. “But it’s not a big deal as long as we both get a college education and are happy.”
Both Tears and Claude are talented receivers who fit the mold of what head coach Scott Shafer looks for at the position. Tall, physical wideouts who can make plays on the ball when covered. Syracuse will absolutely take both players. Should they be able to close the deal, it would be a strong recruiting effort considering they did not recruit either very hard early in the process.