Defensive end has been a serious priority for Dino Babers and the Syracuse University staff, and the Orange just received some good news when former Western Michigan commit Kendall Coleman announced on Twitter that he was committing to Syracuse. Coleman is a 6-f00t-3, 235 pound talent out of Indianapolis.
Coleman is a 3-star recruit from Cathedral High, and had been committed to WMU since February 28, 2015. Nearly a year later, after Syracuse hired WMU defensive line coach Vinson Reynolds to man the same position for the Orange, Coleman has officially flipped despite not having taken a visit to Syracuse yet. He becomes the second defensive end in the class of 2016, joining Jamal Holloway.
Playing time will be available early for Coleman, too. Along with Holloway, the Orange are very young, and very thin at the defensive end positions. With the departure of Ron Thompson to the NFL, Syracuse is left with rising sophomores Qaadir Sheppard and Amir Ealey – both of whom are suspended indefinitely after failing drug tests last season – as well as redshirting freshman Jake Pickard among the only players available at the position. Kenny Carter could be an option at DE as well.
Syracuse is expected to take multiple defensive ends to fill out the 2016 class, and landing Coleman to go along with Holloway is a very good start. Other defensive ends who will be visiting in the near future for Syracuse include Jaquwan Nelson, Jerrion Nelson, Drew Beesley, and Collin Miller.