There are a couple tidbits to share and rather than breaking things down into a few different posts, I figured it’d be a good idea to just stuff them all into one quick update. Two big pieces of the recruiting puzzle for 2017 could be falling into place, with two of the biggest dominos in this class for Dino Babers.
The first important update is the fact that, as told to Mike McAllister over at Scout.com, high priority running back Weston Bridges has trimmed his list down to five schools: Indiana, Rutgers, Purdue, Marshall, and yes, Syracuse. I’ve talked about Bridges quite a bit before, and he remains one of the biggest targets at RB for the Orange coaching staff.
At this point, my gut instinct is that Syracuse is the leader in the clubhouse for Bridges, who plays his high school ball at Copley in Ohio – the same school that produced Delone Carter, who currently sits at No. 3 in Syracuse history in rushing yards. Bridges has size and speed, and is extremely high on the Orange. I think he could be a legitimate early commitment candidate, but watch out for Indiana and Rutgers.
Meanwhile, arguably the biggest recruit in the 2017 cycle is visiting campus today and tomorrow: Jack Coan. Like Bridges, I’ve talked at length about Coan, who – along with Kasim Hill – is at the top of the quarterback recruiting board for Babers and his staff. It’s hard to tell the exact order, but it’s safe to say that right now, Coan and Hill rank at the top with Rodney Hall, Jairus Grissom, and Tommy DeVito coming in just behind them.
To the best of my knowledge – and I double checked with McAllister, who believes the same – this is the first time Coan has been on the Syracuse campus. The Long Island native is a big target for the Orange not just because he’s a legitimate 4-star talent, but because he’s an in-state talent. Making a big impression on the (somewhat) local kid is huge for Syracuse, and you know the red carpet will be rolled out for the best quarterback prospect in the state of New York.
Along with these updates for Bridges and Coan, there have been a few more offers going out for the class of 2017, and the Orange also hosted several players over the weekend. There’s a flurry of activity with recruiting, and frankly, things seem about as lively in that department as they have in years for Syracuse. I’ll come back tomorrow to talk about a few of the players who’ve recently received offers from the Orange, but for now, the news about Bridges and Coan are the biggest pieces currently being moved around the board, at least as far as offensive recruiting is going.
While Coan remains a bit of a longshot, don’t be surprised if Syracuse does in fact get a commitment in the near future for the class of 2017. Bridges is a possibility, though he likely won’t be deciding anything until later in the spring, or potentially even into the summer.