Recruiting Impact: Daewood Davis

The inside scoop on how Daewood Davis' early commitment to Syracuse will impact their recruiting efforts going forward.

Syracuse picked up their first 2017 commitment on Monday in wide receiver Daewood Davis out of Somerset Academy in Pembroke Pines (Fla.).

Regional Impact

Florida has been a fertile recruiting ground for Syracuse over the last several cycles. With the loss of George McDonald, many figured that would take a hit. However, Syracuse picked up two Sunshine State prospects in 2016 already in quarterback Rex Culpepper and defensive back Scoop Bradshaw.

Davis gives Syracuse their first commit in 2017, and a pretty well known one in the state. That gives the Orange instant credibility as a player with a Miami, Nebraska, NC State, Utah and Louisville offer chose Syracuse.

Yes it is true that Miami would not accept an initial commitment attempt from Davis due to not having a slot available. That said, word is that they really like Davis and think he could play there, but don’t have a spot for him right now.

So a player from Florida who is talented enough to play at Miami has chosen Syracuse. That will only help as Syracuse recruits such talented players in the state next cycle as offensive lineman Cody Bowes, defensive back Brian Edwards, defensive back Naytron Culpepper (pictured above) and several others.

Syracuse’s recruiting efforts in 2017 are just beginning down south, so many other prospects will jump onto the radar. Davis’ pledge only helps those efforts.

But make no mistake about it. Getting an early commitment like this is a great win for the coaching staff.

Positional Impact

Syracuse may not take another wide receiver in 2016, but that makes it that much more important in 2017. They could take three receivers in that class, and Davis gets them off to a great start.

Davis has big time speed at a sub-4.4 40-time, according to him. He is also listed at 6-foot-2, so he has the size that Syracuse likes. That combination is exactly what the Orange need infused into their offense.

Look for Syracuse to go after more playmakers at the position in 2017. Most notably, local product Noah Jordan-Williams. He was offered last summer during a one-day camp and attending again this year. Word is he impressed once again and continues to bulk up. Syracuse will make him maybe their top overall prospect in that class.

He has the potential to blow up and become a national recruit.

If Syracuse were able to land Jordan-Williams to pair with Davis, that gives them two excellent receivers with size, length and playmaking ability to build around. Combine that four-star running back Robert Washington and Syracuse has some skill position players that can compete with the big boys of the ACC.

Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?

Starting June 29th, there is a dead period through July 12th. This means Syracuse will not be allowed to conduct on-campus visits nor will they be able to visit players’ schools.

That means visits are done for the next couple of weeks. That doesn’t mean no contact, however. Phone calls and social media contact are permissible. So expect Syracuse to stay in touch with their top targets.

So 2016 will remain the primary focus for the rest of the summer, but they are still working hard on 2017. Davis is a sign that the Syracuse coaches are developing strong relationships early on in the cycle.

Final Thoughts

Davis is a big, big get for Syracuse. A Florida wide receiver with size and speed is always nice to have. But to snag one early in the 2017 cycle is even better.


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