Syracuse has hired former Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers as their new head coach. The recruiting impact of this decision will be critical for the long-term success of the Orange. In the immediate future, the 2016 class takes focus.
Babers will want to put his stamp on the rest of the cycle, and that could start with targeting some players that committed to him at Bowling Green. Especially at positions of need. Here are some potential candidates to flip from the Falcons to the Orange.
Terrance Landers is a three-star wide receiver with size, good enough speed and playmaking ability. Landers is from Ohio and holds power five offers including Pittsburgh and Iowa. Given Babers system and the need for wide receivers within it, Landers could be a realistic target. He would certainly add depth and talent to the position. Keep an eye on him moving forward.
Drew Beesley is a three-star defensive end from Michigan. Without any power five offers, one from Syracuse could have a big impact on the 6-foot-3 prospect. He has to add some size to his frame at only 215 pounds, but he has a lot of upside as the 59th best player at his position. With Syracuse having a big need at defensive end due to the loss of Donnie Simmons and Luke Arciniega, along with the potential that Ron Thompson leaves early for the NFL, Beesley is someone to mointor.
Tylen Redding is a safety prospect with some size. Syracuse is lacking some of that in their secondary and their top safety, Antwan Cordy, has tweeted he intends to transfer. Whether or not that actually happens remains to be seen. But given Syracuse's need for secondary depth and some more size at safety, Redding is someone they could target regardless of how the Cordy situation plays out.
Another wide receiver Kyree Calli, is from one of Syracuse's pipeline states in Pennsylvania. He is a bigger wideout at 6-foot-4. Given that under Babers they may add more wide receivers, and Calli is from the Northeast, it would be surprising if Syracuse were to try to make a move here. He thinks very highly of Babers and sticking with the coach to whom he committed is not unreasonable. Calli told CuseNation.com he would "most definitely" consider a move to follow Babers if Babers was interested in that scenario.
Three-star quarterback Elijah Cunningham is a talented prospect who was recruited to play in Babers' system. If Babers thinks Lindsey Scott is better suited for another position, Rex Culpepper won't be ready right away as he recovers from an injury and/or there are transfers at the position, Cunningham may be a target of Babers moving forward.