Syracuse Orange football usually has one really-talented, highly-touted recruit in each class who doesn't actually make it to campus because of NCAA eligibility issues. 2015 will be no different.
Marquise Blair, the four-star rated safety who we said "might be the best player in the class when all is said and done" will not be able to enroll at SU due to NCAA eligibility issues, per CuseNation.com. According to them, the NCAA did not accept some of Blair's senior year courses, even though the high school and state of Ohio considered them legit. As such, he's considered five credits short of being eligible through the clearing house and will now head to a junior college in order to complete them.
The fun little wrinkle here for Blair is that the NCAA took so long to come to this decision that they've also limited his opportunities with the junior colleges he must now attend. Many of them are already in camp with full rosters, so while Blair should be able to catch on somewhere, he might not have as many choices as he would have liked.
Blair's high school seemed to think his player would qualify all along but then again why wouldn't he?
For Syracuse, it's a bit of deja vu along the lines of Corey Cooper, Ashton Broyld and Alin Edouard, wherein the crown jewel of the recruiting class doesn't actually end up at SU. Sometimes that works out in the end, often times not.
Syracuse commit non-qualifiers since '09 (might be incomplete). Bold = guys who actually made it to campus. Not great pic.twitter.com/oihToP7zcO
— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) August 10, 2015
CuseNation.com reiterates that Blair has said he would still be "all Syracuse" if he was denied but of course his recruitment is also starting all over again. So we'll see. Good luck, Marquise.
Now watch this video and feel the awkward.