With the poor state Syracuse athletics is currently in, it is perfectly acceptable to look to the future for some positive news – and luckily for you, we have some.
Prized Syracuse Orange football quarterback commit Tommy DeVito recently told Syracuse.com he believes every single member of SU’s 2017 recruiting class is fully committed to joining the Orange next season and will sign their respective National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, February 1.
While there are always some surprises on National Signing Day – with Syracuse being no exception (last year the Orange saw three-star linebacker Rashad Smith flip on his verbal commitment and sign with FAU) – DeVito, who has kept in constant contact with the rest of Syracuse’s recruiting class, said that won’t be the case for the Orange this time around.
“I believe everyone's 100 percent in,” DeVito, who recently participated in the Under Armour All-America Game, said. “We all talk all the time, whether it be football or life. We just talk about the future, and everyone's really excited. So this is definitely going to be a class to remember.”
Syracuse currently has 20 players in its 2017 recruiting class, not including JUCO transfers Ravian Pierce and Ryan Guthrie and Notre Dame transfer Devin Butler. DeVito, who is rated four stars by ESPN and three stars by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout, is the gem of SU’s recruiting class.
With a few scholarships for next season still available, DeVito said there is at least one more player he hopes commits to Syracuse to round out the recruiting class, New Jersey offensive lineman Joshua Fedd-Jackson. Fedd-Jackson is rated three stars and the No. 44 guard in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound guard holds offers from Syracuse, Michigan, UCLA, North Carolina, Pitt and Rutgers, among others, according to 247 Sports.
“I'm pushing him and he's coming up on the same official visit weekend as me (Jan. 27, according to Syracuse.com),” DeVito said. “So we'll see if we can get him to make that move once we're there because I know all of the offensive guys are that date. So we'll see how that goes and hopefully, we can grab him to finish out the class.”
In addition to reaffirming his fellow Syracuse recruits’ commitments, DeVito also solidified his personal commitment to the Orange, turning down Washington State after the Cougars offered him a scholarship on Tuesday. DeVito has now turned down offers from Washington State, Texas A&M and Ole Miss since verbally committing to Syracuse last April.
While DeVito previously said he is 100,000 percent set on Syracuse, that was also before he was named an Under Armour All-American. The fact he has now turned down offers from schools with a much higher (recent) football pedigree than Syracuse, certainly bodes well for SU’s chances in him sticking with his commitment and signing.
What is your reaction to DeVito’s comments? Are you reassured or do you still worry one or two Syracuse commits may flip come National Signing Day? Leave a comment and let us know below.