Syracuse is playing the flipping game and has snagged an offensive lineman from an AAC school. Liam O'Sullivan, a former Cincinnati pledge, has committed to the Orange one day after returning home from an official visit. He is the second player to flip their commitment since the new staff has arrived.
O'Sullivan is a three-star prospect from Maine South High in Park Ridge, Illinois. He committed to the Bearcats back in June, but also had an offer from the current Syracuse staff when they were at Bowling Green.
"Coach (Sean) Lewis messaged me Sunday December 6th and just asked what my deal was with Cincy because he's moving to the ACC," O'Sullivan told CuseNation.com. "(He) was wondering if I would be interested and obviously I was. And then they officially offered me on Monday December 7th."
The official visit was set up right away, and he took the trip over this past weekend. Going into the trip, his flip to Syracuse was not a done deal. It was simply exploring an opportunity to play power five football. But during the visit, it changed from an exploration to a destination.
"When I saw their facilities and tradition, it really sealed the deal," O'Sullivan said.
It may have sealed the deal, but O'Sullivan did not want to announce anything publicly during the visit. Showing class and maturity, O'Sullivan wanted to come home, speak to his coach and the Cincinnati coaches before making his decision official.
Syracuse has made a point of targeting offensive linemen since Dino Babers took over as head coach. They had previously landed Airon Servais while offering four-star offensive tackle Sean Foster and three-star offensive tackle Alaric Jackson in addition to O'Sullivan.
While trying to upgrade the talent along the offensive line, the new staff targeted O'Sullivan right away. They had a previous relationship with him when they were at Bowling Green, and ultimately were a huge reason why he decided to flip.
"A big factor," O'Sullivan said. "Me and coach Lewis have had a great relationship since he first started recruiting me. Coach Lynch is just a really awesome guy and coach. I hadn't met coach Babers until my official, but when I did I was really impressed with his philosophy and his mentality towards coaching.
"From what I watched with Coach Lynch, they run a very similar system to my high school, so that was a huge part."
Another big factor for the 6-foot-6.5 offensive lineman was the academic side of Syracuse. After seeing what the school has to offer in person, O'Sullivan was solid.
"Their academics are awesome," he said. "Their business school was unreal, so I think I'll major in business."
O'Sullivan will arrive next summer after signing on National Signing Day. He says this is his final decision and no other visits are planned.
"I think this is the right fit for me," he said. "I can't picture myself anywhere else."