Bye Week Blitz: Focus on Recruiting

Insider news and notes on Syracuse recruiting during an eventful bye week.

Syracuse football had a bye this past weekend after nine straight weeks of football. The coaching staff spent the week on the recruiting trail and there was plenty of news and notes from the time off.

- Syracuse landed a commitment from defensive end Keivonnis Davis. The three-star defensive end has not visited yet, but will do so on December 5th. There were rumblings that George McDonald had stopped recruiting for the Orange, but those were smashed to bits with this news. The commitment moved Syracuse up to the 44th best class in the nation.

- Tight ends coach Bobby Acosta spent time visiting a few prospects. He checked out 2016 offensive linemen Will Fries and Nick Krimin from New Jersey. Coach Acosta also spent time in New York checking out commit Jordan Fredericks playoff game and visiting tight end target Alex Parkinson.

- It was an impressive performance from Fredericks that Acosta witnessed. He rushed for 132-yards on 13 carries with two touchdown runs. That was only in the first quarter, as he had to leave with a non-serious shoulder injury. He has 32 touchdowns on the season.

- Back to Alex Parkinson, he is looking to set up a return visit to Syracuse soon. December 5th could be a target date, but nothing has been scheduled yet. You get the impression that the Orange lead, but no official word on favorites. He has been one of coach Acosta’s top targets throughout the recruiting cycle.

- Trey Dunkelberger is the other tight end on Syracuse’s radar. He texted on Sunday to say, “I think I’m committing on the visit.” His official is also December 5th. Syracuse is hoping to land both Dunkelburger and Parkinson to round out their tight end haul in 2015.

- Defensive tackle prospect Steven Clark out of Alabama decommitted from South Alabama on Sunday according to our John Garcia Jr. The news comes just two days after Syracuse offered and less than a week after they jumped into the mix for his services. He is also officially visiting on December 5th, and John reports it is unofficially a three-team race with Western Kentucky and South Alabama. If another school were to jump into the mix, they would also be under consideration. For now, it seems like Syracuse is the favorite. Defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough went to visit Clark to extend the offer on Friday.

- Offensive coordinator Tim Lester was busy as well. He traveled all the way out to Oregon to check out quarterback prospect Eric Dungey. After watching him throw, he offered the three-star quarterback. He is planning to take an official within the next few weeks. He did not rule out committing on the trip, saying he will play that by ear. Dungey’s mom will be making the trip with him, and he added that she will have a big say in his decision.

- The weekend of December 5th is shaping up to be a huge official visit weekend. In addition to the names mentioned above, Qaadir Sheppard, Jonathan Crawford and Donovan Hale will also be on campus. Sheppard is a key in-state target while Crawford may be the top defensive back left on the board. Donovan Hale is a versatile athlete who plays quarterback at Largo High in Florida. Could Syracuse take both Hale and the aforementioned Dungey? It’s possible. Recruiting is fluid so we will have to see how it plays out, but there are scenarios where they do and scenarios where they don’t. Hale and Crawford are high school teammates and former teammates of Syracuse freshman cornerback Cordell Hudson. Don’t be surprised if other names are added to the list over the next couple of weeks. It could also be a busy commitment weekend depending on several factors.

- An additional note on Syracuse basketball recruiting. All four verbal commitments, Tyler Lydon, Moustapha Diagne, Franklin Howard and Malachi Richardson, signed their letters of intent during the early signing period and are officially Orange.

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