Recruiting Ripple: Eric Dungey

CuseNation.com breaks down the recruiting impact of 3-star quarterback Eric Dungey's commitment to Syracuse.

With the quarterback position becoming a focus somewhat late in the 2015 cycle for Syracuse, the Orange cashed in big with a commitment from three-star Eric Dungey out of Lakeridge High in Oregon.

Regional Impact

Syracuse does not venture out to the west coast very often in recruiting. That makes the recruitment of Dungey the exception not the rule. But when there is a player at a position of need that is viewed as talented enough to make an impact on the program, you pursue that player.

That’s exactly what Syracuse did with Dungey. They moved fast after identifying his talent. An offer came on Friday, official set up days later and a commitment during the trip.

That said, Syracuse has offered some 2017 prospects in California. They include four-star receiver Keyshawn Johnson (yes, son of THAT Keyshawn Johnson) and four-star corner Darnay Holmes.

Dungey’s commitment won’t likely have a big impact on their recruitment, but if he has success, it may help if Syracuse decides to venture out that direction in the future.

Positional Impact

This is where the big impact is. Positionally. The Syracuse quarterback position was one of the most fluid in college football this season. Was any other program forced to play four quarterbacks due to injury?

Being, at one point, one play away from Jarrod West taking snaps under center, along with the freeing up of a couple of scholarships (Cooper, Hale, etc.), allowed Syracuse to pursue one or two prospects at the position.

Dungey is a quarterback with some attractive raw skills. He is athletic, can move around in and out of the pocket, has a strong arm and throws with accuracy. Standing at 6-foot-4, he certainly has ideal size as well.

His commitment means Syracuse does not have to force another quarterback in this class. It also gives them some flexibility for 2016. They can take one or two instead of almost needing two next cycle.

Donovan Hale is still on the board, and Syracuse could take him if he wants to be Orange. But having Dungey in the fold means they will not have to search beyond that if they miss on Hale.

Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?

December 5th is a key official visit weekend for Syracuse. Not only is it their chance to solidify defensive endKeivonnis Davis' commitment, but 3-star DE Qaadir Sheppard, JUCO TE Trey Dunkelberger, 3-star S Jonathan Crawford, 2-star QB Donovan Hale, former Syracuse commit and current Marshall OLB pledge Doyle Grimes, JUCO OT Calvin Steyn and 2-star DT Steven Clark are also visiting. Dunkelberger, Grimes and Clark will be on high commitment alert.

Not yet scheduled are official visits for Alex Parkinson and Spencer Tears. Both have indicated that they are looking at that same December 5th weekend, but are trying to see if that works for them.

Also keep an eye on Ohio State commit Tyler Green from Maryland. The three-star safety is very much on the Syracuse radar and they could make a push to flip his commitment.

Long snapper Matt Keller is also on the radar. He has not been offered yet, despite other reports, but is definitely on the radar. With Sam Rodgers leaving, don’t be surprised if the Orange pursues him.

Beyond that, official visits will also take play in January, with the 23rd-25th being a key weekend.

Final Thoughts

The Dungey commitment is a big win for Syracuse. Not only does it give thema talented quarterback, but it shows the fluidity of the recruiting process. From an offer to a commitment in less than a week at a position that a couple months ago was not really in play. The Syracuse staff did a great job at being flexible with their plan and moving quickly on a top target.


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