“I think you always start at home,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “In the home state. I think, obviously, New Jersey plays a major role. When you spiral graph out, you’re going to go two different directions. Canada’s a major player. We need to make sure we have some Canadians on our team. We’re going to go straight to Philly, go through Pittsburgh, get into Ohio, Detroit, Chicago, stop there.
"Going south, we will go Maryland, (Washington) D.C., Northern Virginia, Virginia Beach with all of those great athletes and then we’ll stop, we’ll get on a plane and drop into Florida.”
Those were the words of Syracuse head football coach Dino Babers during a one-on-one interview with Scout shortly after being hired. He outlined a territorial recruiting plan of attack, and he has followed just about every word of it.
Just look at the players they have committed to date compared to the key areas they have assigned as pipelines, including one who fits into two territories.
New Jersey: Tommy DeVito
Ohio: Kadeem Trotter
Now, New England was not specifically mentioned, but is clearly an area that is of importance. When spiral graphing out, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New England are key regional pipelines.
Babers came in with a plan regarding his system on both sides of the ball, how to implement it and how to turn a program around. A large portion of that is recruiting. He has to bring in players that fit his system.
Not only are he and his staff doing that, but they are hitting the key areas he outlined when he took the job. Putting the plan into action. That plan has also resulted in some big splashes on the recruiting trail.