Not a lot of movement for Syracuse right now in terms of who the Orange will actually land as part of the football class of 2017, but there are a couple of interesting tidbits that popped up over the weekend. And by the way, I’m hearing some buzz that May could be a good month for Syracuse, so keep an eye on how things develop. But that said, let’s get to the updates…
About a month or two ago, it looked like it might wind up being smooth sailing for Syracuse to land 3-star running back Weston Bridges. The talented, first team All-Ohio back from Copley – who trains with Delone Carter, a former Copley star himself – was high on Syracuse, and when I talked to him after he visited campus I would have bet just about anything he’d pick the Orange. But things change, and Bridges started really blowing up as a recruit.
Since his first visit to Michigan State earlier this spring, the tide started to turn. And then this past weekend, Bridges received what he had called a dream offer from the Spartans, and within about 24 hours, set an announcement date (this Wednesday) and time (6:00 p.m.). Yes, Syracuse is in the top five for Bridges, along with Indiana, Purdue, and Rutgers, but the writing has been on the wall for weeks now. This one is all but sealed for Michigan State. I’ll be absolutely astonished if, when the time comes, Bridges doesn’t decide to join Sparty.
Now, never say never and all that jazz, and I do believe that if the choice is not Michigan State it’ll be Syracuse, but there’s about a 1% chance of that happening. So at this point, it’s time to start looking for other options at running back.
Tayon Fleet-Davis remains the highest priority on the board, and the staff will welcome him at any point. It’s after Fleet-Davis where things get a little murkier. Personally, I’m hoping that Davion Johnson vaults up the board, especially to take the spot that would have been occupied by Bridges, because in terms of size and speed he’s strikingly similar to Bridges.
In one other interesting and slightly peculiar note, I don’t think it was particularly unexpected that Daewood Davis decided to de-commit from Syracuse. It was a development that seemed to be coming for awhile, though his flip to Florida Atlantic was certainly unexpected, as most thought it would take an offer from Florida or Florida State or Miami to swing him.
Well, Davis has just made his recruitment even more interesting, announcing this weekend that he’s going to be releasing a top eight on May 20. Yes, you read that right: a recruit who originally committed to Miami, was rebuffed, quickly pledged to Syracuse, and flipped to FAU, has now decided to release a top eight list. There is, of course, a chance that Syracuse could be on that list. The moral here is that the recruitment of Daewood Davis won’t be over, wherever he winds up, until National Signing Day.