Wednesday is national letter of intent signing day. What are you doing? Well, you're probably going to be in the Manley Field House lobby rubbing yourself while Doug Marrone talks a bout this fantastic class coming in.
Nolan has the full list of players that have verbally-committed to play for the Orange and remain eligible to do so. He also mentions two players who were supposed to join us but will not be able to.
Dale Peterman, a cornerback from Ohio, committed to SU in 2009. He didn't qualify academically and attended Georgia Military College in 2009-10. He then went to San Francisco City College this past fall and didn't play football. He apparently hasn't made the grades necessary to attend SU and his chances of playing for the Orange are probably over.
Myles Davis, a 6-0, 212-pound linebacker from the Pittsburgh area, was part of SU's 2010 recruiting class but didn't qualify academically and went to Milford Academy in New Berlin. He was tearing it up at linebacker but tore an ACL last fall. He returned to Verona, Pa., and had surgery. He plans to sit out the 2011 season and enroll at SU in January of 2012.
Weidner does mention that Sweet Lou Alexander should end up finally joining the Orange this year, though we'll see how that goes.
There's also Drayton Shanks, a guy who apparently had a schollie offer from Syracuse but lost it after getting kicked off his high school team. Bummer.
Nolan also has a story on Cameron Lynch, who might end being a huge steal for the Orange.
"I can’t believe that Georgia Tech wasn’t all over him," Crews said of the Atlantic Coast Conference school in Atlanta, just 25 miles southwest of Snellville.
Crews said schools who showed only marginal interest in his star – who made his verbal commitment to SU in July – may someday regret it.
"I like to blitz a lot," he said. "I talked to coach (SU defensive coordinator Scott) Shafer, and he’s a blitzing man."
Brian Bennett speaks highly of Lynch, and of the Syracuse class in general.
Each season Doug Marrone and his staff recruit better and better. They have many kids that are flying a little under the recruiting radar who can really play like quarterback Terrell Hunt (Brooklyn, N.Y./Christ The King), linebacker Cameron Lynch (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood), safety Shutang Mungwa (Oradell, N.J./Bergen Catholic), wide receiver Durrell Eskridge (Miami, Fla./Central), and offensive lineman Rob Trudo (Farrell, Pa./Farrell). This is a really solid group and Marrone's best to date for the Orangemen.
And of course, we can't end this without mentioning Kevin McReynolds, the DT that has Syracuse high on his list. The Fizz are all over him (figuratively). He's choosing between SU, Miss St, UCLA, and K-State. Hopefully, he'll choose wisely. Which would mean choosing Syracuse, duh.
Nice to actually be looking forward to this day...