As reported by Syracuse.com's Stephen Bailey today, the new Syracuse Orange football staff has pulled the program's offer to Sadiq Palmer. The 2016 wide receiver commit's high school coach at Red Bank Regional High School (N.J.) informed Bailey that Dino Babers's staff made the call a few weeks ago when Palmer's academic qualifier status became a question.
His coach, Nick Giglio, told Bailey:
"He's within 100 points on the (SAT) and his GPA is going up, so depending on how much he can get that up in half a year, it could be anywhere from 80 points to 100 points."
But Palmer was informed that Babers's staff would not be waiting on academic qualifiers, and had to move on to fill out the 2016 class. You may recall that Scott Shafer's recruiting classes lost an unfortunate number of top-rated players to academic qualifier issues after National Signing Day. While Palmer's not a four-star talent, he's a well-regarded three-star out of New Jersey, and is ranked as the 136th receiver in the 2016 class.
Since hearing from Syracuse staff, Palmer's set up visits to Delaware, Old Dominion, Rhode Island and UMass. His departure from the class leaves it at 13 right now, with a month to go before National Signing Day. Palmer was the only player slated to be a wide receiver in the class, though SU seems to be targeting several players at the position who would potentially fill that gap.