I would apologize for the pun in the headline, but frankly I’m too preoccupied with trying to figure out whether Syracuse is going to be able to hold onto defensive tackle commit Tyler Cross tomorrow morning. After committing to the Orange way back at the beginning of July, the three star recruit has been wavering a bit on his decision ever since taking an official visit to Wake Forest over the weekend.
And then, earlier today, his high school football program’s Twitter feed dropped this little nugget:
— Northview Football (@TitanNVfootball) February 3, 2015
Cross, a 6-foot-2, 275 pound defensive tackle from Douglasville, Georgia, was one of the earliest targets for the Orange in the 2015 class. The big man has plenty of athleticism for an interior lineman, running a reported 4.98 in the 40-yard dash – impressive speed for a high school senior with his size. As recently as a month ago, Cross was tweeting about being excited to sign with Syracuse, including changing his Twitter profile picture to one in which he’s wearing an SU hat and sweatshirt.
However, Orange fans started to get nervous when word came down that he would be visiting Wake, while at the same time tweeting things that made it appear he wasn’t quite done with the decision making process:
You have to do what's best for you and not people….
— T.Cross (@T_Cross52) January 27, 2015
Obviously, reading anything into the tweets of an 18 year old in the middle of making his college decision is a bit of a fruitless endeavor. Still, from an outsider’s perspective, things certainly seem to be trending in Wake Forest’s favor. Of course that was also the case with another Syracuse defensive tackle commit, and when everything seemed to be indicating Steven Clark would flip to Florida, he stuck to his commitment to the Orange and the family atmosphere the team and coaching staff provided.
Syracuse fans should be hoping that when Ty Cross makes his final decision tomorrow as part of National Signing Day, he follows in Clark’s footsteps and sticks with SU. He’s a potential difference maker on the defensive line, and would be a big loss if he were to flip to Wake after being seemingly so fully committed to Coach Shafer and the Orange for the past seven months.