The top rated target on Syracuse's recruiting board before Scott Shafer was fired was four-star running back Kentrail Moran out of Illinois. Moran has been committed to the in-state Fighting Illini, but was keeping his options open. In fact, he scheduled an official visit to Syracuse in January.
Moran cited a strong relationship with running backs coach DeAndre Smith as one of the main reasons for his interest. Now that Shafer and Smith will no longer be a part of the future of the program, where does that leave Moran?
"Oh wow that's crazy," Moran said. "I really don't know what to say."
That was the four-star running back's initial reaction. He also indicated his interest would depend on who the Orange hire as the new head coach and how much of a priority they make him going forward.
Later on Monday, Moran spoke with Director of Recruiting Eric White about the entire situation. After that conversation, Moran seemed to be more at ease with everything.
"I am still interested and plan on taking my official still," he said. "I just spoke with Eric White. He said he's unaware (of who the new coach will be) right now. But when they get the new staff, he will make sure I get in touch with the new coaches.
"He said they are still interested and would love for me to come here."
Being able to get a little clarification on the situation helped Moran's willingness to be patient and see how things shake out. For now, his high interest in the Orange remains and he is looking forward to see which direction the program takes.