The Syracuse staff was very active in the Midwest during their time at Bowling Green, including in Illinois. They have targeted several prospects from the state, including O'Sullivan. His was not a name that came out right away, likely due to his Cincy pledge. But he had a previous relationship with the staff, holding an offer from Bowling Green.
Once they took over at Syracuse, they moved quickly to get him aboard.
The recruiting ties to Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin are very prevelant with this staff. They hit those states hard and are able to identify talent within it. O'Sullivan himself will not be a name that generates buzz specifically among other Illinois recruits because of his name.
But he does help continue the pipeline Syracuse has in the state. With players like Kentrail Moran and Joshua Black set to take officials in January, showing them they will have fellow Illinois natives on the roster only helps them feel comfortable with the move to the East Coast.
Offensive line has been a key position for the new staff. They now have landed two new prospects in a little over a week on the job, solidified the standing with three-star guard Sam Heckel, and are still pursuing Sean Foster and Alaric Jackson. With the staff moving on from former pledges Noel Brouse and Cam DeGeorge, expect the offensive line to continue to a key focus for the rest of the 2016 cycle.
O'Sullivan specifically can play anywhere along the offensive line. He has the size and length at 6-foot-6.5 to play tackle, but Scout projects him as an interior lineman. His athleticism will serve him well at either spot, but he has significant work to do in transforming his body.
At only 240 pounds, O'Sullivan has to add at least 40 pounds to his frame to be able to play in the ACC. No question the Babers' staff knows this and has a plan in place to get the job done.
O'Sullivan gives Syracuse yet another versatile prospect who adds length, athleticism and upside to an offensive line group that has several backups who may never see meaningful snaps.
Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?
With the dead period starting in the immediate future, several of the Syracuse coaches will focus on Bowling Green's bowl game. They will, however, continue to have contact with Syracuse commits and recruiting targets. The first weekend (December 18-20) of the dead period has the potential to be a big one for Syracuse recruiting.
Beyond that, expect Syracuse to try to schedule official visits with Sean Foster and several other top targets for mid to late January.
O'Sullivan is a nice get for the new staff as they continue to snag offensive linemen that fit their mold. He has a lot of traits to like, but must work on his body first and foremost before he will be ready to play. He is a bit of a project, but that one could be dividends down the road.