There are certain key areas that the Dino Babers staff is targeting. New York state is critical, as are other pipeline areas. They include Florida, the DMV area, the Midwest and Canada. Syracuse landed commitments from each during this stretch. Tyrell Richards (Canada), Nykeim Johnson (Washington, D.C.), Joshua Palmer (Florida), Dakota Davis (Maryland), Eric Coley (New York via Michigan), Cam Jordan (New York) and Allen Stritzinger (Michigan) all committed from key areas.
The addition of Palmer is especially intriguing because he fills two of those pipelines. Palmer plays at St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida now, but transferred in from Canada. In fact, he and Richards know each other and are former teammates.
What does all of this mean? It means coach Babers is putting his plan into action. Identifying talented players from key areas that are beneficial now and into the future. This helps develop relationships with high school coaches and gets Syracuse's name on the minds of other regional prospects.
Where this may have the biggest impact is in Canada. Syracuse has recruited the Midwest and Florida for years and is well established as a brand in each area, though the Dino Babers version of the Orange is new. Canada has not been utilized in recent years as much as it could be. More and more talent is coming to the States from there, and Syracuse is getting involved.
With targets such as Jonathan Sutherland and others in future classes, adding a pair of Canadians in June certainly won't hurt.
Another area this string of commitments helps is in the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) area. With Reno Ferri leading the charge, Syracuse now is two strong in this area in 2017 with the potential for more to come.
The string of seven commitments saw three wide receivers, one athlete, one linebacker, one offensive lineman and one running back join Syracuse's 2017 class. This is significant for multiple reasons.
First, it ends Syracuse's pursuit of true wide receivers. Yes there are other prospects, such as Russell Thompson-Bishop, still on the board, but they are viewed as athletes who could wind up at one of a few different positions. Syracuse has two slot and two outside receivers in this class, and they feel good about the talent they've added.
At running back, Stritzinger is a big get. Landing a player from Michigan with a Michigan offer is always tough, but the Orange was able to do it in this case. He gives Syracuse a highly talented prospect with pro potential. They want to add one or two more players at the position, and Stritzinger gives them a nice start.
This could put pressure on key targets like Tayon Fleet-Davis, who is high on Syracuse and may not want to see his potential spot fill up.
Along the offensive line, Davis gives Syracuse someone who can play guard or center. He also fills up one of three slots overall along the offensive line, two of which are reserved for interior linemen.
Syracuse also has some versatility with their recent run on commitments. Coley can play both sides of the ball. Richards can play inside or outside backer. Stritzinger could play corner if needed. Johnson can be a weapon on special teams.
The run of commitments is big for Syracuse on a variety of levels. They've added talent, speed, athleticism and upside to key positions that will impact how they recruit going forward.
Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?
A dead period is currently underway until July 10th. That means no in-person contact. Contact via social media, texts and recruit initiated phone calls are still permitted. So commitments could still take place. Most of the staff is taking a well earned vacation for a part of that timeframe, however.
After the dead period, look for Syracuse to start scheduling visits once again. Thompson-Bishop has already stated he will be back on campus in July, so keep an eye on him.
Players Syracuse is looking to land before the summer ends include Jordan Wright, Nadarius Fagan, Kadeem Trotter, Jonathan Sutherland and Charles Reeves. Look for Syracuse to try to get them back on campus and continue to pursue heavily going forward.
Landing seven commitments in such a short period of time is always impressive. Doing so with recruiting wins over Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, Louisville, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, NC State, Rutgers, Boston College and others makes it even more so. This was a strong stretch for the Orange staff. One by which Syracuse fans should be encouraged.null