The defensive secondary has been one of the key areas of focus in the recruiting class of 2016 for the Syracuse University football program, both with the old staff and the new one. Along with players like Evan Foster, KJ Sails, and Devon Clarke, among others, two new defensive backs could be in the mix for the Orange: twin brothers Elijah and Elisha Daniels.
The brothers had both previously been committed to Minnesota, but recently decommitted from the Gophers and opened their recruitment back up. Now, there’s no guarantee that the twins once again pledge to the same school, but if ever there was a time to look at two players as a package deal, this might be it. Of course, what makes me think that Syracuse might get involved? Well, how about the fact that Elijah just sent out this tweet this morning:
— 1️⃣2️⃣GAGE‼️ (@ImTooElite) January 12, 2016
Elijah was previously recruited by Scott Shafer and his staff at Syracuse, and now Shafer has continued his pursuit of the twin brothers on the staff at Maryland. There is reason to think that Dino Babers and his staff will also pursue the twins, as both held offers from Bowling Green before deciding on Minnesota last summer.
Both brothers are 3-star recruits, with Elijah a 5-foot-11, 187 pound safety, while Elisha is a 6-foot, 180 pound cornerback. Along with Bowling Green, the twins both hold offers from South Florida, Maryland, Central Florida, Boston College, Iowa State, and several others. 247Sports still reports Elijah as holding a Syracuse offer, but that’s more than likely a holdover from when Shafer extended his offer last year.
At this point, it’s too early to say if the brothers will become legitimate targets for the Syracuse staff, but given the prior interest, the recent offers made to Florida recruits, and the tweet from Elijah Daniels, it’s certainly realistic to think that the Orange could get involved and have a solid shot, if they so choose.
It’s definitely a situation to keep an eye on moving forward.