We knew that SU had a bevy of recruits in town for the Rutgers' game this past weekend and that the win would help immensely in proving to many of them that the Orange are on the road back. Looks like one in particular got the memo.
Max Beaulieu, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end from University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), has given a pledge to Syracuse.
The 17th commitment for the Orange, he was also offered by Arkansas, Nebraska, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Illinois, Tulane and Buffalo.
Beaulieu joins prep teammate athlete/linebacker Brice Hawkes as pledges for Syracuse.
Beaulieu is the highest-profile recruit the Orange have nabbed to date under Doug Marrone's watch. Considered a three-star player from Rivals and Scout, it sounds like SU snatched him up from under Purdue's nose, where he had previously said he was favoring.
According to reports, we can thank Brice Hawkes for leading Max in our direction:
The 6'3", 240 lb defensive lineman committed after visiting the school with teammate and fellow Orange commit, Brice Hawkes. Beaulieu said that he is excited for "a chance to play in a great conference for a coaching staff that is committed to getting back to the top in the conference."
The Fizz notes something specifically gratifying about the Orange nabbing Beaulieu...Greg Schiano was all over him.
The best part? Ex-Miami assistant Greg Schiano actively recruits South Florida as hard as anyone in the Big East - and Monster Max attended Rutgers football camp over the summer.
One Saturday. Two wins.
See that? Things are already changing...