It’s okay, Syracuse football fans. You can breathe a sigh of relief. Defensive tackle commit Steven Clark, who visited the University of Florida last weekend and, for a bit, seemed on the verge of flipping to the Gators, confirmed on Thursday night that he’s sticking with the Orange.

Steven took to Twitter following a basketball game on Thursday night to let the world know he’d be rocking the right shade of orange when the fall rolls around.

So now, with less than a week until National Signing Day, the Orange have been able to keep one of their key recruits, at a key position. Clark should have plenty of opportunity to find early playing time on the Syracuse defensive line, and with his combination of size and power, he’ll be someone to keep an eye on heading into fall camp in 2015. Clark possesses outstanding size for high school senior at 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, and as our Justin Roe has mentioned in his film evaluation, he’s already physically ready to compete at the next level.

Retaining Clark’s commitment after serious interest from the Gators, as well as late feelers from Ole Miss, is a pretty massive coup for Syracuse. After all, this is a situation the Orange have lost out on plenty of times in the past, from OJ Small to Malik Brown. The fact that the Orange, and specifically coaches like Scott Shafer and Tim Daoust, were able to hold off the mighty SEC for a recruit speaks volumes to their ability to recruit and establish strong relationships with prospects.

At the end of the day, this is a big win for Shafer, Daoust, and the rest of the Orange coaching staff.

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