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Three-star recruit Malik Brown chose Tennessee over Syracuse due to a curious data collection score. What went into that score and how could Syracuse have scored higher?
Three-star recruit Malik Brown verbally-committed to play for the Syracuse Orange back when Doug Marrone was in charge. When Marrone left, apparently, so did Malik's heart. The DE/LB flipped his commitment and signed with the Tennessee Volunteers on National Signing Day in what he called "a business decision."
Things had been all business from the get-go considering Scott Shafer's intense push to keep Brown included, "a Powerpoint presentation that explained their coaching philosophies and what it means to be a Syracuse football player on and off the field."
In spite of that, it wasn't enough to overcome whatever it is Tennessee had to offer. And the points showed that:
Malik Brown's point system finished like this: Tennessee 242, Syracuse 202, South Florida 156.— Michael Cohen (@Michael_Cohen13) February 6, 2013
I've done some digging and I've uncovered just how Syracuse scored 202 points and what we could have done to score just 41 more.
Wears Orange: 100 points
Play In A Damn Conference: 30 points
Chipotle Within 5 Miles Of Campus: 20 points
Play In The House Mikhail Marinovich Built: 15 points
DOC Gross backrubs: 15 points
Coach Shafer Brands Initials Into My Arm: 10 points
Chance To Legally Become Fourth Jones Brother: 10 points
Two Minutes In Closet With Otto, No Questions: 2 points
Lost Daily Dose Of Doug Marrone's Thighs: -25 points
Lost Bologna Scraps: -15 points
One-On-One On-Camera Interview Lessons With Roger Springfield: -50 points
Complimentary Calendar With Sexy Photos Of SU Football Staff: -70 points
As you can see, Syracuse could have run away with this one. Ah, what could have been...
Also, does that mean a DOC Gross backrub is available?