Tampa (Fla.) Plant High defensive back Scoop Bradshaw put Syracuse on top after his unofficial visit on Tuesday. After meeting with family and his coaching staff on Saturday, he decided to pull the trigger.
Bradshaw is the second player from Plant High to commit to the Orange this week, with three-star quarterback Rex Culpepper doing so on Tuesday. Culpepper believes Syracuse is getting quite a player.
"He is a hard hitter," Culpepper said of Bradshaw. "He punishes running backs that break through the line. I would love to continue having him on the same team as me."
Bradshaw is the second defensive back in as many days to choose Syracuse. Will Harper out of Sandy Creek High in Georgia committed Friday evening.
One of the big reasons for his decision was his connection with the coaching staff, specifically head coach Scott Shafer.
"I love coach Shafer," he said. "He wants to get to know all of his players individually and have a bond with his players...He told me stories that me and him had connections on. Coach Shafer wants to be there for his players.
"We (don't) just talk football. We talked about life and education."
After his visit on Tuesday, Bradshaw said he loved Syracuse and they were definitely his top school. He likes the education, the family feel of the program and his connection with the staff. So why did it take several days for him to give his verbal to the Orange?
”I think after having gone up there, he was not as far along in the recruiting process as Rex was,” Plant head coach Robert Weiner said. “The full intention when we went up there was for Rex to be in the closing stages and to see everything he needed to. But for Scoop, it was really to get a feel for it and bring that information back to his family.
”Right after we got back from Syracuse, Rex and I went to a muscular dystrophy camp and we just got back. So I didn’t have a chance to meet with Scoop and his family until today to go over everything Syracuse has to offer. Obviously, having been up there and seen it, he really loved that part of it.
”We tried to make sure, although it’s something that involves Rex, it was the right decision for Scoop," he continued. "As much as they’re teammates, we had to make sure it was the right decision for him.
”I think really, in the end, one of the most important things is having spent some time up there with coach Lester and everybody on the staff, you go to a lot of places and only a few have real sincerity in their conviction for caring for the young men. I think that’s what we saw at Syracuse. That’s a great thing for Scoop.”
Bradshaw is listed at 5-foot-11. He chose Syracuse over offers from Florida Atlantic, Indiana, Iowa State, South Florida, Toledo, Utah and Western Michigan. He is also the sixth player overall to commit to Syracuse in the 2016 class.