As soon as it became known that defensive back Kielan Whitner would be taking a visit to Syracuse this weekend, it seemed like only a matter of time before he would flip from Appalachian State, where he’d committed in October, for a chance to play in a Power 5 conference like the ACC. And this morning, it’s looking like that’s exactly what has happened.

The first clue was when Syracuse recruiting assistant Cole Dial sent out a tweet indicating another commitment:

And shortly after,’s Mike McAllister confirmed that the new commitment was, in fact, the 6-foot-1 Whitner:

Whitner is a two-star recruit out of Lawrenceville, Georgia, the same hometown (though different high schools) as Orange running back George Morris II. Along with offers from Syracuse and Appalachian State, Whitner also received offers from Air Force, Army, and Marshall, as well as Harvard and Yale. Our Justin Roe talked a bit about Whitner on Friday, projecting Whitner as a safety in Syracuse’s secondary moving forward.

As Justin said after watching his tape:

“Kielan has good feet and looks to have a nice football IQ, while seemingly enjoys a lot of contact.  He is definitely not afraid to come down and tackle from the safety position.”

Whitner brings this year’s recruiting haul to 26 players currently committed to the Orange, with Doyle Grimes certainly still in the mix to bring that number to a hefty 27 by the time National Signing Day rolls around on Wednesday. Secondary help was certainly needed in this class, particularly after the offer to Andrew Spence was pulled, so adding Whitner gives this class some depth in the defensive backfield.

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