The offense is certainly trending upward, having put up at least 50 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1997.
"The biggest goal from a recruiting standpoint is just to get out and continue doing some effective evaluations," Shafer said. "Getting out on the road in different areas and seeing the kids, the high schools that have the kids that we're evaluating."
Syracuse is off this week, but when it returns to the field on Oct. 5, it will mark its first conference game as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"I can’t describe how excited I am to play with him," Long said. "We wanted to play with each other from the time we were little until we got to college. To be able to continue that is pretty cool and something we’ve always talked about."
Syracuse University's official Twitter account (@SyracuseU), which is partially run by students, likely blundered for the third time in less than two years on Tuesday, re-Tweeting a Daily Orange story about recruits K.J. Williams and A.J. Long and committing a potential NCAA violation in the process.
"People always tell me 'You're the jumping jacks guy,''' Thomas said. "I wasn't really doing jumping jacks. I'd been sitting down for four hours. I was really just getting loose. I had to do something.''
"If you could go back 15 years and say you were going to have just the original Big East schools from just here in the Northeast, I think everybody would like that. But that's the case anymore."
"He’s one of the most personable people you’re going to meet. He’s a humble kid and I’m looking forward to it, too. It should be a fun couple of years."
Fulford said the NCAA ruling bars coaches from watching his players practice in an open gym. Coaches can still visit the school and talk to the prospect, he said. SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins was in West Virginia last week to meet with Bryant, Fulford said.
Noah Rhynhart and Grant Chong have proven to be capable scoring threats off the bench. Both are tied for fifth on the Orange in points.
It would make perfect sense to have a 6’6" 325 lbs OL packaged with a 6’6" 325 DL in Wayne Williams travel to SU together. Because of his size and experience, Medor is a player the Syracuse coaches need to take a chance on. He may be the guy opening the holes for his buddy Hunt down the road.
Will this be the year that pundits stop writing columns complaining that Syracuse lacks a "go-to" player? One would think that CJ Fair’s status as a frontrunner for ACC Player of the Year and a Preseason 3rd Team All-American would establish him firmly as the Orange’s go-to star. And if that’s not good enough, the Orange have Jerami Grant, who is being mentioned in the 1st round of 2014 NBA mock drafts, coming off the bench.