Name: Antwan Cordy
Position: Strong Safety
Hometown: Homestead, Fla.
High School: South Dade
2014 Season: Cordy played in all but one of Syracuse's 12 games, including a start against Boston College in place of the injured Julian Whigham. He recorded 10 tackles for the season.
2015 Projections: He is listed as the top strong safety on the preseason depth chart, so expectations are high.
How'd He Get Here: Cordy received other offers from Duke, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Marshall, and Minnesota, but chose the Orange. He was recruited by former offensive coordinator George McDonald.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say: Both Rivals and Scout gave Antwan two stars.
Money Quote: Shafer praised Cordy for continuing to improve, and his transition from the nickel position to strong safety:
We tried to find the toughest corner that liked contact and give him a chance at one of the safeties with the idea that at least he could give us some depth. And Antwan Cordy ended up penciling himself in as a starter at the strong safety position and really had a productive spring.
Links of Wonder: Brent Axe has him on his "15 for '15" breakout stars list that he recently published.
Tweets of Wonder:
Them goals I be putting up, those really my goals. That why I work hard to go get. Dreamchasers. ✈️
— Antwan Cordy (@CORDYKID1) July 20, 2015
Go get 'em, Antwan, and make the doubters believers!
What Does the Coaching Staff Think: In a recent article for syracuse.com, Secondary coach Fred Reed spoke highly of Cordy and his work ethic:
A lot of those guys have a big heart, tough as nails. Size doesn't mean anything to them. They think they're the biggest guy on the field. Physical stature is not going to stop them from competing at a high level. I love that about him.
Interesting Nugget O' Interest: Cordy was born in Naranja, Fla. Naranja, in Spanish, translates to "orange." His fate was sealed from the very beginning.
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