One thing that became clear as the 2017 football season went on was that, while the Syracuse secondary has certainly made some strides, work still needs to be done to make it an elite unit.
Obviously, some of that is due to injury, with both Antwan Cordy and Jordan Martin having suffered season-ending injuries during the course of the year, while Scoop Bradshaw missed time as well. But depth is on the way, both with the players currently redshirting as well as members of the recruiting class of 2018.
Ecclesiastes 9:11.. 🕊
— Dre Cisco (@OCHOClSCO) December 9, 2017
The Orange added another piece of that puzzle today with a commitment from safety Andre Cisco, a 6-foot athlete from IMG Academy in Florida who has connections to New York, being originally from Valley Stream.
Cisco was a diamond who found himself being unearthed this year as he earned significant playing time at the high school football power (where he played alongside Syracuse linebacker commit Juan Wallace). From October until now, he saw offers come in from Vanderbilt, Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern, and of course Syracuse.
But the native New Yorker, who took an official visit to Syracuse last weekend and formed a strong bond with fellow defensive back recruits Trill Williams and Cameron Jonas, who were also on campus for their official visits, decided that returning home (or at least, home adjacent) was in his best interest.
Cisco is a 3-star talent, as rated by 247, and reports a time of 4.49 seconds in the 40 according to his HUDL page. Watching his highlights, it’s clear that he relishes the opportunity to deliver a big hit, but he’s also got the capability of closing on the deep ball and making a play to stop long completions. That’s certainly a skill that the Orange need more of in the secondary.
This is another strong pickup for Dino Babers and his staff, and adds to a talented stable of young defensive backs – which will hopefully pay off sooner than later for the Orange defense.
Oh, and I’d be remiss not to include this…