Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna Prep wide receiver Daewood Davis has been committed to Syracuse since the summer. The changeover of the coaching staff, however, has left things a bit more up in the air. They went down and visited with Davis prior to National Signing Day to help start the process of developing a strong relationship.
"Coach Babers was down here with coach Monroe," Chaminade-Madonna Prep head coach Jason Milgrom said. "We sat down and talked. Sat down with Daewood to make sure he understood he was still offered by them as well as that he was a priority target for them. It was a great interaction. Coach Babers does a great job down here of getting with these kids and understanding the culture down here. He really understands the values that these kids are coming from.
"Especially at a school like ours where it's a high academic school. He understands that Syracuse is also a high academic school. He talked to us about the academic side of the school. I think the football side takes care of itself. Daewood's a great player and he's going to have the opportunity to go in there and compete. When coach Babers was down here, he was doing a great job of selling Syracuse as the great academic institution that it is."
Academics were not the only topics discussed, despite that being a focus of the conversations. The Dino Babers offense was also a hot topic.
"They spoke a lot about that as well," coach Milgrom said. "Of course that's always going to attract kids with the way that they run the system. Fast paced, they get the ball to a lot of different guys and they throw the ball around often. So if you're a wide receiver, it's a great system for you to be involved with."
Chaminade-Madonna Prep is in the process of planning their college tours where they take prospects to several different programs for unofficial visits. Syracuse is on the list of stops, and Davis will not be the on player on the trip. Defensive end Chris Whittaker (2017), running back Shaun Shivers (2018), defensive end Davoan Hawkins (2018) and running back Keyondre White (2018) all hold Orange offers. Several others have received interest.
So expect a prominent group of prospects from the school to visit Syracuse in the coming weeks and months.
Another positive for Syracuse with Davis is coach Milgrom himself. He says he feels "very comfortable" sending his players to the Babers' staff. Milgrom has a good relationship with coach Babers and coach Monroe, and sent a few players to Bowling Green to be coached by them. That worked out well and he believes it will continue to be a strong relationship going forward.
The question is, will that lead to Syracuse being able to retain Davis with more and more big time programs offering and pursuing?
"I think he was extremely solid," coach Milgrom said. "I think when coach Babers came over here and sat down and talked with him, obviously Daewood committed to them before the new staff had come in. I think it'll be the idea of building that relationsihp with coach Babers like they've started. I think as long as that goes well, he'll end up at Syracuse."