Has Orange landed replacement for Barber?

The fact that the Syracuse Orange have no head coach does not appear to be hurting their recruiting efforts. The Orange have landed three recruits in the past two weeks including a three-time all-state performer from West Virginia.

Morgantown (WV.) kicker Patrick Shadle, 5-9 and 205 pounds, was hoping to get a shot at kicking for a big time college football team. Shadle was hopeful that his hometown West Virginia Mountaineers may come calling, but they never did. Now Shadle will get a chance to make the Mountaineers remember his name every time he plays them as a member of the Syracuse Orange.

"I took a visit to Syracuse (12/10) and committed a few days later," Shadle said.

Shadle is a three-time Class AAA first team All-State performer for Morgantown. His senior season he kicked seven field goals including a long of 48-yards. Shadle kicked 84 XP's, and had 105 points scored.

Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni was fired after Shadle committed to the Orange, has that made him waiver at all?

"Coach Dunlap called me an reassured me that my scholarship is still good, he will be visiting me this week," Shadle said.

Coach Pasqualoni was not the soul reason for Shadle's oral commitment to the Orange.

"I always wanted to play D-1 football, and as a kicker you have to like kicking in a domed stadium," Shadle said.

Shadle was a little miffed at why the Mountaineers never came calling.

"They talked to me, but never offered, they never even invited me to walk-on," Shadle said. "Now I'll get to come back home and play against them."

Penn State showed some late interest in Shadle as well. Shadles parents are both graduates of Penn State.

"They went there in the late 70's, we used to go to Penn State games," Shadle said. " Coach McQueary is supposed to come to the school to see me."

Shadle carries a 4.0 GPA, he has scored 1260 on the SAT and 25 on the ACT.

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