After hearing that offensive guard commit Cam DeGeorge had flipped from the Syracuse Orange to the Connecticut Huskies this morning, we figured Dino Babers had someone else in mind to fill that spot in the class of 2016.
What we didn't realize, however, is that he'd have that spot filled the same day: Three-star Illinois offensive guard Liam O'Sullivan has flipped from Cincinnati to Syracuse.
Scout's Mike McAllister had the scoop late today on how SU's new co-offensive coordinator Sean Lewis sold the former Bearcat commit on the Orange (O'Sullivan confirmed on his own feed shortly thereafter). Lewis had originally offered O'Sullivan back when he and Babers were at Bowling Green. While the Falcons may not have been enough to sway O'Sullivan back then, Syracuse's place in the ACC certainly was this time around.
In McAllister's post, O'Sullivan cites SU's facilities and tradition as big factors, along with his relationship with coaches Sean Lewis and Mike Lynch. Additionally, Lynch's system is pretty similar to what his current high school (Maine South in Park Ridge, Ill.) runs, which also assisted. O'Sullivan took his official visit this past weekend, when several other Orange targets were also on campus.
O'Sullivan is smaller than some other Syracuse targets on the offensive line (he's 6-foot-6 but only 240 pounds), but you have to think the draw here is his speed -- a needed component to run Babers's spread attack. The three-star guard holds offers from several other FBS programs, including Bowling Green and Cincinnati (obviously), New Mexico, Wyoming, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and Illinois, according to Scout. O'Sullivan is now the third offensive linemen in this class, behind Sam Heckel and recently-added Aron Servais.
Some film on O'Sulllivan, the 11th member of this Syracuse class, below. And of course, some more Sean Lewis/Drake stuff for you too, because that's been fun.