Syracuse has flipped another one, this time in three-star defensive end Kendall Coleman out of Cathedral High in Indiana. Coleman committed to Western Michigan last February with Mike Hart and Vinson Reynolds as his primary recruiters. Both have transitioned to Syracuse recently, and they immediately targeted Coleman.
"Syracuse is a good school to go to with or without football," Coleman said previously. "An education from Syracuse is something that not a lot of people can say they have."
The decision came after Coleman, his parents and his Cathedral high head coach met with coach Hart and Dino Babers himself. After that meeting, Coleman's decision became official. He then announced his intentions on Twitter.
"The opportunities both athletically and academically were unbelievable," Coleman's mom, Nikki, told CuseNation.com. "Coach Babers was so informative and down to earth that we felt he was genuine. It felt like we were talking with family."
In addition to that, the relationship with the Syracuse coaches certainly helped matters.
"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 is a 6-foot-3, 240 pound defensive end, a position of critical need for the Orange. With the loss of Ron Thompson to an early declaration for the NFL Draft, Syracuse has a lack of depth at defensive end. With the status of Amir Ealey and Qaadir Sheppard early in the 2016 season in question, defensive ends who can contribute right away are needed.
With his combination of size, physicality and quickness, Coleman certainly fits the bill.
Coleman is the 58th best defensive end in the 2016 class and a three-star prospect. He is the 12th commitment in Syracuse's 2016 class. He will officially visit the Orange the weekend of the 22nd.