New Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers indicated he would have coaches recruiting immediately during his press conference on Monday. That declaration has become reality with a few of his new assistants hitting the recruiting trail hard. They have wasted no time going after some high profile prospects.
Sean Foster, a four-star offensive tackle, has been followed by both of the co-offensive coordinators, Mike Lynch and Sean Lewis. Our understanding is that they have reached out to Foster, a former Minnesota commit who reopened his recruitment recently. Indiana and Iowa State are schools to watch here.
Also of intrigue is three-star quarterback Anthony Brown. Syracuse went after him hard initially, then backed off when Rex Culpepper seemed like a realistic option. Brown committed to Boston College, but the new staff has started following him on Twitter and there have already been initial conversations.
Brown said Sean Lewis reached out, pitching the success the Bowling Green offense had with a quarterback that threw for over 4,700 yards and led the nation in touchdowns. The only problem is, there is a limited amount of time with Brown, who is an early enrollee.
"I have 11 days until I sign," Brown said. "I just don't know what's going to happen. I mean, their past quarterback threw for 4,700 yards and had the most touchdowns accounted for. I have not idea what's going to happen in these next 11 days."
Brown said he has not ruled out taking an official visit to Syracuse sometime very soon.
Syracuse has also reached out three-star tight end Dakota Holtzclaw who is currently committed to Kentucky. Holtzclaw is from Ohio and has a previous relationship with the new Orange staff.
"The coaching staff at BGSU really liked me and they offered me," he said. "Now that they have moved to Syracuse, they have reached out to tell me they think I would fit well there. I love the staff. Always have."
There is clear interest from Syracuse, but will Holtzclaw reciprocate?
"Not sure, but lots of praying and thinking will go into it," he said. "I always like to keep doors open to great opportunities because you never know what may happen."
Lastly, three-star quarterback and Kentucky pledge Gunnar Hoak was offered on Monday according to Scout's Bill Greene. He says Hoak is still solidly committed to the Wildcats, but this is interesting nonetheless. With two quarterbacks currently committed, the new staff has targeted two other signal callers.
This could mean they want to bring in a third quarterback to add depth to the roster, that they suspect someone like Austin Wilson will transfer creating a need for another player, or that they view someone like Lindsey Scott as a better fit at another position.