In less than a week, Syracuse added three players to its 2016 class. First up, on Monday Peach State product Monquavion Brinson pulled the trigger. Unrated at the time, he has since been bumped up to a three-star cornerback.
Next was defensive end Jamal Holloway, who had a set announcement on Tuesday at 1pm. As predicted, he announced his decision to commit to Syracuse.
On Saturday, one of the recruitments with the most hype in the 2016 cycle, at least regarding Syracuse targets, ended with Moe Neal announcing his commitment to Syracuse.
In all three recruitments, CuseNation.com had you fully covered before and after the decisions. Here’s a look back at each player’s recruitment and our coverage of each commitment.
The only player in the 2016 class to commit to Syracuse before visiting, three-star cornerback Monquavion Brinson had a plethora of offers to stay near his Atlanta (Ga.) home. Offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis and Mississippi State stood out, but ultimately it was the job of defensive backs coach Fred Reed that pulled him to Syracuse.
Brinson sees a perfect fit within the Syracuse defense. His ability to be physical at the line of scrimmage and be left on an island are why he is an ideal corner for the Orange. That combined with his strong relationship with coach Reed are why he picked Syracuse despite never seeing the campus in person.
Jamal Holloway has been the top target at defensive end throughout the cycle. He was one of several player Syracuse wanted from Camden High in New Jersey. Prior to his decision, his teammate, outside linebacker Dymelle Parker, committed to Syracuse.
Syracuse was already one of his top choices prior to Parker’s decision, but that commitment seemed to push the Orange far out in front. He put Syracuse in his top 10 in mid-July, and then visited a soon after. It was his second visit, and he was “blown away” by the trip despite that fact. That visit came just one day after seeing Temple, one of his other finalists.
All that was left for the Orange to endure was a trip to Rutgers and Old Dominion. Neither visit ended up happening, and Holloway set a commitment date of July 28th among finalists Syracuse, Temple, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh and Michigan State.
The decision to pick Syracuse was made days ahead of time, and Holloway therefore announced his decision on that date.
Similar to Holloway, Syracuse seemed to be the favorite for Moe Neal heading into his decision. Prior to setting a decision date, however, he visited both Syracuse and Wake Forest. Ultimately those were the two schools Neal declared as his finalists.
He visited Syracuse on July 17th and said he loved everything about it. He spent time with the coaches, the players, Floyd Little and checking out the academics. Syracuse seemed to vault to the top of his list at that point, though he would not declare any favorites publicly.
He visited Wake Forest just days before his August 1st decision to make sure he had all of the information needed for a decision. That trip, while it went well, sealed the deal that Syracuse was the choice. He announced accordingly on Saturday.
All in all, it was a great week for Syracuse football recruiting. Three priority targets all choosing the Orange to give them some momentum as the start of training camp looms.
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