Quick, grab a calendar. For reference, today is Monday, February 1. You see Wednesday? It typically comes after Tuesday, and this year, the first Wednesday of February is the 3rd. Circle Thursday, though. Because once Wednesday is over, we get to start all of this fun stuff all over again. Wednesday is National Signing Day, and virtually every last question we have about the recruiting cycle for 2016 is about to be answered.
Not by me, of course. Who am I, Kreskin? But beginning today, we’ll know a lot more about who, if anyone, will be added to Syracuse’s class, flip from the Orange, or just stay put with their current commitments to other schools. Of course there could be some late surprises, mostly coming from the junior college ranks, if the Orange fall a little short of meeting whatever number they’re looking to hit with regard to adding new players.
And obviously, once spring ball and really gets going, we’ll get a much better sense of what Dino Babers and his staff really think of the current group of players already on campus. Some might leave, and I’m sure more than a few will be changing positions. If any players decide to transfer, that’ll absolutely open the door to welcoming a few JUCO additions heading into the 2016 campaign.
But enough on that for now. We’re talking about National Signing Day, and Syracuse is still in the mix for a few potentially key components to this year’s class. So, how did the weekend go?
Honestly…it was remarkably quiet, and boring. We know about as much now as we did on Friday, and that is to say, everything is still up in the air. Jaquwan Nelson visited Georgia, but so far at least, hasn’t publicly mentioned whether he got an offer from Kirby Smart. That’s key here, of course. Based on his Twitter activity over the weekend, it seems likely that Nelson will flip to the Dawgs if that offer comes, but here we are, the day after his official visit, and there hasn’t been any movement. At least, above the surface, anyway. This is a situation to keep an eye on over the next 24-48 hours, because it could set off a domino effect for Syracuse.
Like Nelson at Georgia, defensive end prospect Josh White visited and seemed to enjoy Syracuse, but likewise came away without an offer – for now. The 6-foot-5, 230 pound, athletic pass rusher will soon learn his fate with regard to the Orange, and don’t be surprised if it’s tied directly to whatever happens with Nelson.
Adrian Killins, meanwhile, has publicly stated his intentions for making a decision…but we’ll still have to wait. The speed demon from Florida, currently committed to UCF, told CuseNation.com’s Mike McAllister that he’ll be deciding on National Signing Day, presumably between UCF and the Orange, with Iowa State basically out of the equation.
The last big name hovering over the 2016 class for Syracuse is 4-star offensive guard Stewart Reese, who is set to make his decision public today. All indications are that he’s leaning toward Mississippi State, but stranger things have happened, and until he actually, publicly states his intentions, there’s always at least a slight chance he could decide to play for Dino Babers and the Orange.
It’s still possible that, aside from the four names mentioned above, Syracuse could make a push for a player or two to round out the current class. As it stands, the Orange have 21 players committed, and that’s likely to be where things stay heading into Wednesday – either with Nelson or White as that 21st name. My gut instinct is that Killins is very high on Syracuse and very close to flipping, but ultimately, distance from home may be the deciding factor.
With most of the class already in place, there’s not a lot of drama left for these last couple days of the 2016 recruiting cycle. But don’t worry – as I said, circle Thursday on your calendar. The roller coaster is about to start all over again.