When Doug Marrone shuffled loose the Syracuse Orange coil, one of the first things a lot of Syracuse fans (including myself) said was, "Oh God, there go the recruits." More specifically, I think most of us said, "Oh God, there goes Zach Allen."
The Elite 11 QB, arguably the most highly-touted quarterback recruit Syracuse has seen since Donovan McNabb, is a cornerstone of the incoming 2013 Class. When asked before Marrone took the Buffalo job if the coaching staff mattered, Allen said "It's important to me." And after Marrone left, Allen told Donnie Webb that "I’d honestly rather talk about this tomorrow. I’m trying to be safe." That set off a whole lot of alarm bells about Allen's feeling about the uncertainty surrounding the program.
With Scott Shafer ready to take the reigns and Nate Hackett reportedly still on as OC, Allen finally broke his silence to say, don't worry, I'm still coming.
I have been loyal to my commitment and am staying loyal to it. I have been 100% committed, I just wanted things to settle down. #CuseNation— Zach Allen (@ZachAllen_12) January 8, 2013
See? You can go take a bath now.