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Syracuse Football Recruiting: DB Devon Clarke Commits; QB Lindsey Scott Decommits

Syracuse lands its second commitment of the day in safety Devon Clarke, but loses a commit in QB Lindsey Scott.

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It was a busy recruiting day yesterday for Syracuse Orange football. Everything started when ATH Sean Riley committed to the Orange while on his official visit. The day was far from over, however, as Syracuse would also land another commitment from 3-star safety Devon Clarke, who was also visiting Syracuse.

Unfortunately, by the scientific laws that define Syracuse football, one hole must open when another is shut. This hole came as a result of 3-star QB Lindsey Scott decommitting from the Orange just two days removed from an in-home visit with co-offensive coordinator Sean Lewis.

Clarke might sound familiar to some from when he'd been a target under Shafer once he decommitted from Oregon State in May. Clarke even attempted to commit to the Orange over the summer, but the staff was not prepared to accept his commitment. Clarke visited this weekend without an offer, but eventually received one and wasted no time in pledging to Syracuse, as he wanted to all along.

Scott had committed to the Orange during the season back in October. Both staffs were prepared to bring him in as a QB, but there was much speculation that he was bound to move to wide receiver or cornerback. He seemingly reaffirmed his pledge to the Orange on Thursday after an in-home visit with Coach Sean Lewis. However, he received an offer from Rutgers on Friday and is currently on an official visit to in-state Tulane. While his decommitment is unfortunate, we wish the best of luck to him.


Scott's decommitment leaves another potential need for Syracuse to fill in this class. While it is not of dire need for Syracuse to bring in another QB -- SU already has a commit enrolled in Rex Culpepper -- it is certainly a position that should be addressed. The Orange are heavily recruiting David Modster out of California, but he appears to be leaning elsewhere. If all else fails, it would be interesting to see if the staff lets Kenterius Womack get another shot at playing quarterback. Or there's even Texas Tech transfer target Davis Webb, who's high on the staff's radar as well.