With the first practice of preseason camp happening this morning, defensive back signees Michael Moore and James Pierre have yet to arrive on campus. According to Stephen Bailey of Syracuse.com, the two defensive backs are currently in different stages of academic clearance.
James Pierre, a signee out of Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School, has been admitted to Syracuse University, but is still awaiting clearance from the NCAA. Pierre initially signed with UNC back in February, but eventually flipped to Syracuse after being denied admission to the university. Pierre’s high school coach, Jevon Glenn, told Bailey that his enrollment has been delayed as a result of a summer course.
Michael Moore, a JUCO signee out of Palomar College in California, is still awaiting admission to Syracuse. His NCAA clearance status is currently unavailable. Syracuse landed Moore after he spending one season at Palomar but wasn’t widely recruited because, as a high school non-qualifier, he needed to attend for two years and attain his associate’s degree. What Syracuse and apparently few other schools found out was that although he only played for one season at Palomar, he attended the school the year prior, making him NCAA eligible.
If either Pierre or Moore don’t make it to campus, they would join RB Jo-El Shaw, who will attend Lackawanna (Pa.) College this fall, among 2016 signees to not qualify.