Recruiting Ripple: Monquavion Brinson

The inside scoop on the impact of Monquavion Brinson's commitment to Syracuse

Syracuse picked up their 12th commitment in the 2016 class on Monday in Atlanta (Ga.) Mays CB Monquavion Brinson.

Regional Impact

Syracuse has done a nice job recruiting Georgia over the past few cycles. Under Scott Shafer, they have landed nine players from the Peach State, including Brinson. His pledge furthers their reach into the state.

Brinson hails from Mays High School, which has produced plenty of division one talent over the last two cycles. In 2015, they had two SEC commits as well as two other players commit to division one schools.

This cycle, in addition Brinson, Mays has a Georgia commit, Miami (Ohio) commit and another player with offers from South Carolina, Clemson and others. Starting a pipeline to a school like that is never a bad thing.

Brinson will help give Syracuse even more credibility in that school, the Atlanta area and in the state in general. Will he lead to specific commitments in 2016? Not likely. But he will help them further establish Syracuse as a legitimate option for Peach State talent.

Positional Impact

Syracuse has several young corners on the roster. Most notably Antwan Cordy, Juwan Dowels and Cordell Hudson. Cordy is transitioning to safety, but has the ability to play corner. Wayne Morgan was also granted two extra years of eligibility, ensuring he stays through the 2017 season.

Safety Daivon Ellison is also versatile enough to play corner. Corey Winfield will have two years left after this coming season.

So while the need at corner is not extensive, there is still a need to get young talent onto the roster. One, possibly two, corners in the 2016 class was the goal. Brinson gives them one with size, speed and physicality.

Because of the youth already on the roster, Syracuse won’t have to count on Brinson right away barring injuries. That will give him time to add some weight to his frame and develop his technique.

By the time Syracuse needs him in 2017 and beyond, he should be ready to contribute. The potential is there for Syracuse to have a quality cover corner. His willingness to play press coverage and play aggressive football fits in perfectly with Syracuse’s pressure system.

Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?

On Tuesday, Jamal Holloway will make his decision among five finalists. He is Syracuse’s top defensive end target. Athlete Moe Neal, who Syracuse likes at h-back, is announcing on Saturday between the Orange and Wake Forest.

Syracuse is considered the favorite for both. That is where the immediate attention goes. Beyond that, they are working on setting up official visits for the fall to try to round out the class.

Final Thoughts

Brinson is a nice get for Syracuse. He gives the Orange a corner with a bit more size than many of their younger players at the position. He also furthers their reach into Georgia. Landing such a player without having him visit is a nice win, especially considering his other offers.


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