One of the top defensive ends in the Midwest is Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral's Kendall Coleman. He has been committed to Western Michigan for nearly a year, but two coaches from the Broncos' staff have transitioned to Syracuse in defensive line coach Vinson Reynolds and running backs coach Mike Hart.
Reynolds and Hart are now trying to flip Coleman to the Orange. Given that defensive end is a huge position of need this cycle, that decision makes sense. Especially given Coleman's talent and body type to be able to contribute right away.
"There's been a lot of stuff that's been said on both sides," Coleman said. "Just in the overall aspect, Syracuse is a good school to go to with or without football. An education from Syracuse is something that not a lot of people can say they have."
Hart and Coleman have developed a strong relationship during the recruiting process.
"Coach Hart and I just have a really strong bond," Coleman said. "We clicked from the first minute we actually got up there to meet each other at Western Michigan. We were instantly on the same page. We just kind of understood each other. We could talk about football or talk about grades, there was no drop off in the conversation."
Coleman says, despite the strong relationship with Hart, that he is unsure if he will take an official visit. That is still being discussed and decided upon with his family. Syracuse has extended an offer, however. If he does end up making the trip, he knows exactly what he will be looking for in order to see if Syracuse is the right fit.
"Well obviously, the school has to have my major (sports medicine), which I'm sure they do," Coleman said. "Just the atmosphere around campus. Is it somewhere I can thrive at?"
With a lack of depth at defensive end for the 2016 season currently on the roster, there is a critical need for an influx of talent. Coleman is high on the board for the Orange, and someone they hope they can get to sign on the dotted line on National Signing Day.