The week approaching signing day is never without drama, and the 2015 cycle is no exception. Particularly for Syracuse, who saw a flurry of activity over the past several days. Here’s a look back in case you missed anything.
Clark Sticks With ‘Cuse
Three-star defensive tackle Steven Clark was wooed by Florida and even Ole Miss. The Gators offered and were able to get him on campus for an official visit, neither of which happened from the Rebels. While the SEC power tempted the Brindley Mountain High standout, he ultimately stuck with the Orange after some in-depth thinking over the course of last week. Thursday night brought some good news for the Orange as they beat a big SEC name for a recruit in SEC territory.
Pickard Is Orange
The long awaited final decision for three-star defensive end Jake Pickard came Friday night at 5:45pm eastern, and it was good news for Syracuse. After a late offer from and official visit to Michigan, and then an in-home visit from Wisconsin where he was previously committed, Pickard announced for the Orange. His relationship with Syracuse assistant Bobby Acosta and the rest of the staff was paramount in his decision. It was as big a recruiting win as Syracuse has had this cycle.
Syracuse Snags 2nd Friday Night Commitment
After Pickard pledged Orange, the night had more good news for Syracuse. Plainfield (N.J.) High defensive lineman Kenny Carter committed to Syracuse as a big athlete. He was a prospect Syracuse recruited throughout the cycle, and finally had room after some scenarios played out over the course of last week. Carter was honored, humbled and relieved to have an opportunity to play college football. He is a sleeper with a lot of upside.
Levine No Longer Part of Syracuse’s 2015 Class
Dana Levine has been committed to Syracuse since last May. He took his official visit over the weekend of December 5th and everything seemed quite normal with his status. Then, he took an official visit to South Florida the weekend of January 16th and Temple this past weekend. Something happened over the course of last week/weekend that caused the Orange to move on. Levine later announced he had decommitted, and Syracuse turned their focus towards wrapping up the class and National Signing Day.
Syracuse Flips App State Commit
The last uncommitted player to take his official visit to Syracuse was Lawrenceville (Ga.) Mountain View defensive back Kielan Whitner. Whitner had been committed to Appalachian State, but was offered by the Orange last Thursday and checked out the campus this past weekend. The trip went so well, he decided to pull the trigger shortly after landing back in his home state.
Is Syracuse Done in 2015?
With the addition of Whitner, is Syracuse done for 2015? What about Doyle Grimes? Will there be any signing day surprises? CuseNation.com premium members have the inside scoop.