First of all, I feel like I should apologize for that awful pun in the headline. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s time to rejoice, Syracuse University football fans. The Orange picked up their third commitment of the week with a pledge from talented defensive back Scoop Bradshaw, who visited campus earlier this week alongside fellow commit Rex Culpepper.

I’ve talked quite a bit about how good I think Scoop Bradshaw could be for Syracuse, and have already raved about the versatility he will bring to the secondary. He plays safety now but clearly has the skills to play corner, with solid size at 5-foot-11 but most of all, he has extraordinary awareness and an ability to read the offense when he’s on the field. His future looks very, very bright.

Bradshaw becomes the sixth member of the class of 2016, and the second from Plant High in Tampa, where he’s teammates with Culpepper. Coming from a football power like Plant will help ready him for the next level, but based on his athleticism and instincts alone I see him getting a chance to see the field early in his career.

This is the second defensive back to pledge to the Orange in two days, with Will Harper – who looks to be a bit of a linebacker/safety hybrid – picking Syracuse on Friday evening. The secondary is in need of depth, though the young talent is certainly there. Marquise Blair, Chris Fredrick, and Daivon Ellison could all challenge for early playing time at safety this year, with Blair expected to earn a spot on the two-deep if he’s able to qualify academically. Still, getting players like Bradshaw and Harper is a major score for Syracuse moving forward.

Getting a pledge from Scoop Bradshaw – who picked the Orange over Indiana, South Florida, and Iowa State among others – is a big win for Syracuse. He’s an extremely athletic, talented defensive back who has been flying a bit under the radar but, based on his film and the fact he plays for a high profile high school, should begin getting a lot more attention as he heads into his senior season. Snagging him now, before he blows up, is tremendous for Scott Shafer and his staff.

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