Warren (Mich.) De La Salle defensive end Drew Beesley is one of the top defensive linemen in the Midwest. He originally committed to Bowling Green and the Dino Babers' staff. National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu called Beesley a steal for the Falcons, adding he is "tough, disciplined and plays with a motor."
As is often the case, the coaching carousel resulted in Babers' leaving Bowling Green. On Friday, the three-star prospect announced his decision to decommit on social media.
"Well due to the coaching changes, I just felt that I just needed to start fresh," Beesley said. "That I needed to go through my options thoroughly again. Go through this whole process again. Get to know these schools and with all of the coaching changes, get to know the coaches also."
Beesley said he was hearing from Central Michigan, Toledo and Northern Illinois among other MAC schools when the Bowling Green staff left. That staff has transitioned to Syracuse, another school after his services. They recently reached out to the three-star defensive end to let him know they were still interested.
"I've been talking to (linebackers coach Tom) Kaufman and (defensive coordinator Brian) Ward recently," Beesley said. "They're not going to worry about my visit until after the bowl game. They want to try to get me out the first weekend after the dead period.
"They said they're situation at d-end is not very good. They really want me to go there. Basically the same deal from BG to Syracuse."
Being that the new Syracuse staff is the one he originally committed to, one would think that gives the Orange a leg-up as Beesley restarts the recruiting process. Especially considering his strong relationship with them.
"Coach Ward and coach Kaufman, they just seem like my type of guys," Beesley said. "They're not the kind of guys that get in your face. They're not the kind of guys that's going to criticize you. They're kind of like the perfect coaches for me, and that's what I was looking for."
Syracuse is currently the only power five school in pursuit of the talented defensive end. Playing major conference football is something Beesley has always wanted, and something he believes he can handle.
"My ambition was to play at the highest level of football I could get to," he said. "Getting the opportunity to play in the ACC, that's definitely something I will consider and possibly take advantage of even though I have to talk to my family.
"I'm a hard worker and I'll do whatever it takes to be great. No one's going to stop me."
Beesley's official visit to Syracuse next month will be the first time he steps foot onto the campus. He already holds the academic reputation in high regard, but is looking for more than that. Beesley wants to feel like whichever school he picks is home.
The feeling he gets on campus, along with the relationships he has with the coaches, will prove to be the deciding factor. That was why he originally picked the Bowling Green staff. The atmosphere of the school combined with the coaches made it a perfect fit.
Can he find that same combination at Syracuse? They already have half of the equation in place. So the visit will be critical to where they stand.
As of now, none of the officials he wants to take have a date set in stone. However, he is looking at visiting Syracuse, Central Michigan and Toledo after the dead period. A time frame for his decision is anytime after those visits are complete through National Signing Day.