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Syracuse Football: Catching Up With the Commits - Cornelius Explodes on Offense

I didn't have a chance to do this yesterday, apparently there have been some other things going on in Syracuse-land. Weird.  

I realized after publishing that long diatribe about why the ACC move is a good thing, that I forgot to mention the possible effects on recruiting, so I figure this is a semi-appropriate place to put it.  

For football, I think this can only be positive.  Aside from kids that we take who only have mid-major offers, I don't think too many of our commits are citing the Big East as a huge factor in their decision.  The ACC should give us an edge, especially over some of our recruiting rivals like Rutgers, and should take away a bullet from the guns of schools like Maryland who we've been going against for a ton of kids.  This should definitely help in the south, where we've been focusing a lot of attention.  Instead of only having one trip to Florida, for USF every two years, we should be there almost every year with Florida State and Miami in our conference.  We've also been hitting Georgia fairly hard, and Georgia Tech is now on the schedule.  

I'm not going to lie and say that it's all great for basketball recruiting.  Obviously, playing in the Big East and NYC is a huge draw.  Recruits mention it all the time.  I don't see any way that we don't play in the Garden every year, but we may take a hit with some kids for the move.  However, as Jameson mentioned yesterday in his article, we've moved away from NYC in our recruiting.  While James Southerland and Mookie Jones are from the greater-New York metropolitan area, most of our big recruits have been from Philadelphia and Baltimore.  Playing Maryland should be a wash with playing Georgetown for the Baltimore kids, if not an upgrade in terms of their families' ability to see them play.  I'd like to see us find a way to play Villanova down the road, because Philadelphia may be an issue.  

However, a new place that opens up for us is Boston.  A ton of the kids that we're focusing on in the 2013 and 2014 classes are from New England, and putting Boston College back on the schedule should be awesome for those recruiting battles.  Basketball recruiting shouldn't suffer too much, no matter where we are.  North Carolina and Duke don't struggle to pull in top talent every year, and neither will we.  As long as we have the Dome and the Melo Center, Syracuse basketball will be a force to be reckoned with on the recruiting trail.

Anyway, enough about all of that.  Let's see how the members of our first ACC-championship winning Orange football squad are doing at their respective schools:

The stats from Milford Academy's win over Wagner are finally in, and it was a rough day for the soon-to-be-Orangemen.  Ashton Broyld only played briefly, throwing one pass which was intercepted.  Tyree Smallwood is back from injury, but only took two handoffs for one total yard.  Milford defeated Wagner 38-21, and defeated Robert Morris yesterday 44-0.  Hopefully stats from the RMU games will be available for next week. Milford Academy is now 5-0.

After struggling on offense in Tottenville's (2-0) first game, Alvin Cornelius had a huge game in a 21-0 win over DeWitt Clinton.  Cornelius opened the game by making a touchdown-saving tackle after a 54 yard run from DeWitt Clinton quarterback Ryan Camilo, and then went on to catch 5 passes for 65 yards and all 3 of his teams touchdowns.  

Running back DeVante McFarlane had another huge game for Half Hollow Hills West (2-0) in their 29-7 win over Whitman.  He carried the ball 17 times for 144 yards and 3 TDs, and was 5-for-9 passing for 64 yards and a touchdown.  

Hershey HS improved to 3-0 on the back of Syracuse defensive line commit Harold Brantley.  Brantley plays fullback for Hershey, and gain 117 yards on 13 carries in the 44-23 win over Cedar Crest.

Ben Lewis helped Middletown improve their record to 3-0 with a 34-7 victory over South Carroll.  Lewis caught 8 passes for 63 yards, and recorded 5 tackles (2 TFL) and a sack.

Palatka HS might have dropped to 0-2 after a 17-6 loss to Ridgeview, but Leroy Owens had a monster game on defense, with 22 total tackles.  

Darius Parson had a big game for Woodbridge (1-2) in their first win of the season, a 20-0 victory over Granby.  Parson had 10 carries for 72 yards and two touchdowns, and recorded 5 tackles on defense.  

More scores after the jump...

Ben Barrett, Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse, NY) 2-1:

CBA- 35, Nottingham- 21

James Washington, Winter Park HS (Winter Park, FL) 1-2:

Boone- 28, Winter Park- 21

Jason Emerich, Blue Mountain HS (Schuylkill Haven, PA) 0-3:

Pottsville- 27, Blue Mountain- 6

Kyle Knapp, Portage Central HS (Portage, MI) 0-4:

Stevensville Lakeshore- 45, Portage Central- 21

Julian Whigham, William T. Dwyer HS (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) 2-1:

Dwyer- 26, Seminole Ridge- 14

Tashon Whitehurst, Gainesville HS (Gainesville, FL) 3-0:

Gainesville- 29, Trinity Catholic- 6

Dontez Ford, Sto-Rox HS (McKee Rocks, PA) 3-0:

Sto-Rox- 43, Neshannock- 11