We've officially Gone to Plaid. Syracuse football, just one day after picking up a commitment from Chicago O-linemen Andrejas Duerig, has themselves a verbal commitment from Hamden Hall Country Day School (CT) defensive end Brandon Ginnetti, too. For those keeping track at home, that's 13 (!!!) commitments for the class of 2015 already.
While Ginnetti's unranked by major recruiting services, he had offers from Syracuse, Illinois and Buffalo, plus some interest from Pitt, Boston College and UConn as well. Said Ginnetti, when comparing us to Boston College:
"No school competed with Syracuse. When I went up to BC and I went up to Syracuse, it was Syracuse all the way."
/Take that, Screamin' Eagles.
Brandon comes in at 6'3" and 240 pounds, which is smaller than most D-I recruits, but on par with fellow c/o 2015 defensive end Dana Levine. For those keeping track at home, that's four defensive recruits so far (including two defensive ends) and three commitments from Connecticut (including OL Evan Adams, who just gave SU a verbal on June 12).
As Ginnetti told Syracuse.com's Stephen Bailey, he gets that size might be an issue early on, but he's okay with that:
"One thing i really want to work on is staying lower and using more leverage because when I play a bigger kid in the ACC, they're going to block you. They're going to be bigger."
So yeah, that's 13 recruits, which is clinically insane for those who have paid close attention to Syracuse recruiting through the last decade. Also insane: Syracuse's current rankings on the various recruiting sites. For your reference:
Rivals (without Ginnetti)
247 (with Ginnetti)
While it's not the consistent blue-chippers that programs like Florida State bring in, that's fine for right now. We're growing steadily and it looks like we're making some great strides in recruiting, which should ultimately lead to more wins and better recruits. This is why we joined the ACC. And it's great to see this sort of traction -- especially this early.
Welcome, Brandon! We're excited for you to hopefully sign on the dotted line come February, along with the rest of what looks like an exciting class of 2015 so far!