Syracuse got some prospects they wanted, but here are 10 targets they missed
"I definitely had to think about what I was going to do," Wilson said. "The whole situation threw me in a spin and I had to reevaluate my options. But once I got to meet with the new coaches, I was reassured that I made the right decision."
But as it stands now, the Orange do not have a running back in this class, and Williams was the only player signed from the New York City area -- a region Marrone emphasized. New coach Scott Shafer was not exactly put in a great position with only a month to hold together a class.
"They’ve told me that if I come in and work hard there’s a possibility I could play as a true freshman. But they’re not promising me anything," said Kimble, who chose the Orange over NIU and a late offer from future Atlantic Coast Conference opponent North Carolina State.
The Syracuse women's lacrosse team is ranked No. 2 in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association preseason poll, receiving four first-place votes and a total of 376 points. Reigning national champion Northwestern, who defeated the Orange in the title game, 8-6, last season, took the No. 1 spot. Florida rounded out the top three.
By now you've heard the news that Malik Brown picked Tennessee, not Syracuse. But Michael Cohen had a front-row seat and shot the video.
"I went with Syracuse because I liked the atmosphere, mostly because of Coach McDonald," Estime said. "Coach McDonald has been recruiting me ever since he was at Miami, Arkansas and now here at Syracuse. That should tell you something. And I followed along with it."
Rouse said he’s perplexed by why schools questioned his ability to play Division I football. He doesn’t know, and at this point, it no longer matters. Yet his disappointment is there. So is some hurt that Syracuse University chose not to make him an offer.
What are we supposed to make of Syracuse's past week? Saturday, the Orange lost by 10 at Pitt in the ugliest non–Big Ten game I've seen this year.1 Pitt dominated Cuse on the glass and picked apart Jim Boeheim's 2-3 zone. If Pitt hadn't shot 3-15 from the 3-point line and if they hadn't turned over the ball 19 times, the Panthers could've won by 30. C.J. Fair was the only Syracuse player who looked like he wanted to be there — the others were complete no-shows. The Orange followed that loss by dismantling a decent Notre Dame team two days later.
Malik Brown explains why he picked Tennessee over Syracuse: