Tyrone Perkins, a running back from Friends Academy (Locust Valley, NY) and the first commit of Syracuse's 2015 class, tore his ACL in a scrimmage on Saturday. This is a sad end to what could have been a breakout season for Perkins. In his junior year, he rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 24 touchdowns.
The six-foot-tall, 190 pounder has been told by the Orange staff that they plan to honor his scholarship, however, which is the obvious move here. This staff will always take care of those committed to the program, and while this isn't out of the ordinary, it's nice to see the evidence pile up on the type of staff this is.
We here at NunesMagician wish Tyrone all the best in his surgery and recovery.
How does it affect the recruiting class?
In short, I don't really believe it will. The staff is lucky to have three committed running backs in this cycle, which should allow Perkins a redshirt season when he arrives on the Hill in 2015. This will also allow Perkins some separation behind Jordan Fredericks and Dontae Strickland, which is helpful when you have three kids coming in in the same class.
There is also the rumor about Deltron Sands taking an official visit to SU. While I fully expect that trip to just be him hanging out with teammates Colin Byrne and Sam Clausman (if it happens), the staff might look at Sands as a great bit of protection in case Perkins didn't recover all the way. However, this scenario is extremely unlikely, and getting your hopes up about it would be unfounded.
The most likely scenario is that Tyrone's knee fully heals before he graduates high school, he works it back to full strength over the summer and then takes a redshirt as a freshman to get back up to speed before starting to contribute his redshirt freshman/sophomore season.
Look for the Orange to just stick with Perkins/Fredericks/Strickland moving forward.