There is less than a week until signing day. Where has the time gone? The 2015 cycle has truly flown by. But at this time of the year, it is often known as flipping season. As schools scramble to fill up their classes, they often look to other programs’ commitments to do so. Syracuse is no exception as they have targets they are looking to flip and on flip watch.
Jake Pickard has been one of Syracuse’s top targets throughout the cycle. After he committed to Wisconsin back in July, hope appeared to be lost. But after a surprising coaching change in Madison, the Orange were back in it. After hosting him for an official visit, Syracuse was a very real option for the three-star defensive end. Michigan came in with a late offer and the Garden State product officially visited Ann Arbor last weekend. He looks to be approaching a weekend decision with an in-home with the new Badgers’ coaching staff looming. Syracuse is very much in the mix here.
In fairness, this may not be a true flip. After committing to Syracuse over the summer, Doyle Grimes decommitted after a fall official visit to Marshall and pledged to them shortly thereafter. Months later, he took an official to Central New York, but has remained relatively quiet ever since. On Monday, he officially decommitted from the Thundering Herd. Syracuse is definitely interested, but Indiana recently offered and could be a player. This one may not be announced until signing day.
Nate Howard officially visited Syracuse the weekend of January 16th. He is currently committed to Wisconsin, but has kept things very open since the coaching change. An official visit to Missouri, it seems to be a battle between them and Wisconsin. The new Badger staff is making a real push. An announcement should be coming this week, but Syracuse is on the outside here.
The primary candidate among Syracuse commits to flip elsewhere is defensive tackle Steven Clark. The Brindlee Mountain High standout officially visited Florida last weekend shortly after they offered. Things went very well in the Swamp, but the Orange are still very much alive. Both sent coaches to his high school on Wednesday, and Syracuse followed that up with an in-home visit. Defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough and defensive line coach Tim Daoust were in attendance. Florida, according to Clark, was not doing an in-home. That plays in Syracuse’s favor, who appear to be back in the lead ever so slightly after falling behind earlier in the week.
Three star safety Christopher Fredrick has been committed to Syracuse since June. He officially visited Syracuse last weekend and loved the trip. He said it solidified, in his mind, that he made the right decision. However, Stanford has recently been expressing interest. They wanted to try to get him on campus for an official visit this coming weekend. The good news for Syracuse is that Fredrick did not seem overly interested. He said it was his parents that wanted him to make the visit and that he is solid to the Orange. Also good news for Syracuse is that Stanford just landed a four star safety on Wednesday, their second safety in the class. They are also in on four star safety Justin Reid, though LSU may be the favorite there. After an in-home visit from defensive backs coach Fred Reed on Wednesday, one that Fredrick said went great, Fredrick said he "probably won't" take the official to Stanford. All signs point to him sticking with Syracuse and not visiting anywhere else, but it is at least a situation to monitor.
Dana Levine officially visited South Florida the weekend of the 16th and enjoyed his time on campus. Yesterday, Levine told CuseNation.com that he took the trip just to make sure Syracuse was the right choice. After having time reflect on it, he had decided that is the case. He says he is 100% ‘Cuse and will sign with them on Wednesday.