Dino Babers landed nine out of nine weekend recruiting visitors for Syracuse Orange football this past weekend. You know this, since we celebrated the fact loudly. The move was a nice bounce-back after many of Scott Shafer's original commitments for 2016 departed, leaving SU a bit bare for a short period of time. It seems as if the list of defections isn't quite over yet.
As Syracuse.com reported this evening, New Jersey defensive end Jamal Holloway has decommitted from SU. His mother, Natasha Holloway, informed Syracuse.com's Stephen Bailey that Syracuse made the decision to part ways. She added:
"They are going in another direction, especially with the defensive ends that they have committing. Just the recruits, period, they are getting, it's awesome. We wish 'Cuse nothing but the best. The fans deserve it!"
The move leaves Syracuse without any recruits from New Jersey in this cycle, and just two from the Northeast (Pennsylvania's Jo-El Shaw and Michael Clark). It also knocks the total commitment number for 2016 down to 21 -- just four of which (Scoop Bradshaw, Rex Culpepper, Sam Heckel and Moe Neal) were from Scott Shafer's original commits.
The Orange are now down to three defensive ends in the class: Joshua Black, Kendall Coleman and Jaquwan Nelson. They may go for a fourth -- we'll have to see what happens this coming weekend.
So, maybe not the best news. But we've learned that Babers has a plan. And the fact that his staff seemed to lead this decision means he has the next move in mind too. Best of luck to Jamal in his recruitment going forward!
Jamal Holloway update: Syracuse parted ways with the New Jersey DE in part due to academics: https://t.co/o7cz3yyOOm— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) January 27, 2016
Babers and staff have made it clear they wouldn't be dealing with academic qualifying issues (see: when they pulled Sadiq Palmer's offer), so this falls right in line with that if there were questions about whether he'd get to campus.
This is probably where that scholarship is planned to go.
Georgia DE Josh White (@JoshWhiteATH) says Syracuse head coach Dino Babers will visit him tomorrow— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) January 27, 2016