Recruiting New England A Priority for 'Cuse

Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer breaks down why the Orange have had recruiting success in New England.

An important task for any coaching staff at the division one football level is recruiting well in regions within close proximity. For the Syracuse Orange, that includes recruiting the New England area as hard as any program in the northeast.

They have done that well over the last three cycles, finding talented players in an area that does not have a national reputation as being a recruiting hot bed.

”I look at New England as a big state,” Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said. “Rhode Island is the size of some of the counties in Texas. Connecticut is not a huge state. There is a population there and I think there are good football players that come out of there.

”Erv Philips is a great example. Erv could play anywhere that I’ve coached, there’s no doubt in my mind.”

Philips isn’t the only one the Orange has snagged from New England. The 2015 cycle saw Shyheim Cullen, Brandon Ginnetti, Evan Adams and Anthony Giudice pick Syracuse. They already have one commit from the area in 2016 in offensive tackle Cam DeGeorge.

But Syracuse may not be done. Wide receiver Isaiah Wright, tight end Sean McKeon, offensive tackle Lucas Niang, linebacker Koby Quansah and linebacker Zachary Kastenhuber are all on the radar.

In the past, when Syracuse has landed some of their New England targets, they have been players off the radar of most. So how are the Orange able to find these prospects? It takes a little more work from the coaches recruiting the area.

”I think it’s a tedious approach that I charged Chuck Bullough with,” Shafer said. “You have to go in there and rake through it and comb through it. You have to do a little bit more evaluation and watch a little bit more tape. But you can find kids that are definitely good enough to play here and that’s been proven.

”All the way back to Floyd Little and Dwight Freeney. Connecticut guys. So they’re out there. It’s just a matter of us being tedious and patient. Getting the video tape and watch numerous video. Really do our homework. I think coach Bullough and the whole staff has done a great job with taking that approach.”

The Orange are hopeful that their tedious approach will yield more dividends in 2016 and beyond.

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