It’s Super Friday!  Well, maybe not nationally, but I’ve dubbed the Friday before the NFL’s biggest game of the year SUPER FRIDAY!  What does that mean?  Well, it gives me pause to clack off and watch football analysts examine why a star running back isn’t talking to the media (WHICH HE HASN’T DONE ALL YEAR – WHY ARE PEOPLE SURPRISED!?!?) and watch those early released Super Bowl ads (which means that after work I’m going to McDonalds to hug their employees in hopes of a free Big Mac).

Most importantly though: it’s Football Friday!!!! EveryFriday I’ll be posting five thoughts regarding recent news in the Syracuse football, college football, and professional football landscape. Please note the comments written in this article do not reflect the thoughts, views, or opinions of, but solely from the ingenious (Editor’s note: or insane?) mind of football analyst, Justin Roe.

1. The Re-Commitment of Steven Clark

Many Syracuse fans went to work on this Football Friday morning with a sore index finger as a result of repeatedly clicking the refresh button last night, waiting for DT commit Steven Clark to announce whether he was sticking with the Orange or becoming an alligator… After a half hour wait – Syracuse fans rejoiced as Clark announced he is sticking with Syracuse and turning down schools that came on late such as Florida, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and Penn State.  What a major get for Scott Shafer and his staff at Syracuse.  Clark has upperclassman weight room numbers, above average speed, and is the last person I’d want to see waiting at the end of a dark alley.  He has an immediate chance for playing time when he puts on the Orange and Blue.  Thumbs up to defensive line coach Tim Daoust for the job he did on Clark.

2. The Continued Recruitment of Jake Pickard

For the second week in a row, we highlight Jake Pickard, a DE prospect out of New Jersey who came back onto the Syracuse radar when his head coach bolted Wisconsin for…Oregon State? Pickard was thinking Orange when Michigan came calling late.  After visiting last week, Pickard left without committing, which shocked most of Orange Nation.  The Syracuse staff sent the dogs to Millburn, New Jersey this past week to give Jake one final pitch.  Jake’s commitment to Syracuse could provide the best defensive line haul Syracuse has ever seen in one recruiting class.  Pay close attention to this weekend, as many believe he will be deciding between Wisconsin and Syracuse.  It should be noted that Jim Harbaugh chose not to give Pickard a home visit this week because of a sale of pleated khakis at a newly opened Marshall’s in Ann Arbor.  That should all but take Michigan out of the picture.

3. Introducing Kielan Whitner

Defensive Backs.  They are needed in the Syracuse recruiting class of 2015.  With numbers low and the recent news that DB Andrew Spence was no longer being considered by the staff due to academics, panic was set throughout Orange Nation.  Fan’s rejoiced late this week when news came that a new DB was visiting campus this weekend.  Kielan Whitner, currently committed to Appalachian State University, will be in tow with one of the top prospects in New York State, RB Jordan Fredericks. Syracuse likes Whitner as a safety prospect, which when watching his tape, makes complete sense.  Kielan has good feet and looks to have a nice football IQ, while seemingly enjoys a lot of contact.  He is definitely not afraid to come down and tackle from the safety position.  His tape shows some nice plays, but I can’t help but wonder if there are other DB prospects coming into town this weekend.  Stay tuned for more on possible prospects visiting this weekend!

4. Key and Peele Still Can’t Top “Barkevious Mingo” of Course

The popular Comedy Central show, Key & Peele, released their newest East & West Shrine Bowl video that spoofs all the funny names in football.  While Syracuse has showed up in the past, there was no Cuse representation this year, but there were still a number of NFL players who made appearances in this year’s video.  If you want to see what high school and college students think is funny – take a look at the video:

5. SUper Bowl SUnday

You knew that we couldn’t get through Super Friday/Football Friday without a Super Bowl prediction, right?  Will Russell Wilson give North Carolina State fans another argument that they should be able to claim him because he went there before his head coach told him Mike Glennon was better?  Will Tom Brady resume throwing balls at an appropriate pressure?  Many fans have an opinion on this one.  I think Sunday’s game comes down to the question: can Seattle score on New England’s defense?  I don’t think they will be able to.  I foresee a close game resulting in a late double digit win.  Give me the Patriots over the Seahawks 28-17.  It should be noted though, I only wrote this article so I wouldn’t get fined.

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Justin is a 2011 graduate from SUNY Buffalo State. Since that time, he spent several years coaching high school football in North Carolina while also working at NC State, and has also served as a head and assistant tennis coach at the Division III and Division I levels. During this tenure coaching high school football, he sent players to continue their football career at Alabama, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Purdue, North Carolina State, East Carolina, and other Division II and III schools.