Big news came on the recruiting front last week as WR Sadiq Palmer became the second player to commit to Syracuse in the class of 2016, joining OT Cam DeGeorge. Over the weekend, he spoke with Nate Mink of Syracuse.com about his decision to commit to the Orange despite it being only his first offer.
"When I was on campus, I loved the facilities, and the coaches gave me a great feel, so when I received the offer, I was ecstatic," Palmer told Mink. "I was so happy, and just something about the coaches made me love that program."
He then went deeper into discussion about why he loved the program so much.
"The great compassion they have for their players," he said. "And it wasn't only about football. It was also about academics. They spoke about academics highly, I think even more than they spoke to me about football. That really gave me a good feeling about Syracuse."
He also commended the Orange coaches for their bravery in coming after him hard when no other schools did.
This commitment is huge not only for filling the WR position that will be heavily targeted in this class, but it also sets the stage for a possible ripple effect with other NJ recruits. While this commitment alone may not trigger such a ripple, Palmer may be influential in convincing his good friend and Syracuse top target QB Anthony Brown to come to the hill. If Palmer can help convince Brown to come to Cuse, then the stage will be set for many other NJ recruits to possibly pull the trigger as well.