Name: Eric Coley
Position: Defensive back
Year: (Redshirt) Sophomore
Hometown: Manlius, N.Y./Portage, Mich.
High School: Fayetteville-Manlius/Portage Northern
2018 stats: Coley was able to see action at safety in six different games, making three tackles against both Wake Forest and Wagner, respectively.
2019 projections: Safety’s pretty crowded for the Syracuse Orange, with Andre Cisco and Evan Foster entrenched as starters, plus Antwan Cordy potentially returning and plenty of competition from guys like Devon Clarke, Cornelius Nunn, Cam Jonas, etc. But at the moment, he’s listed on the two-deep depth chart and would be able to jump into the rotation to help keep some fresh legs out on the field.
How’d he get here?: Coley’s a smart guy, opting for Syracuse over offers from schools like Rutgers, Utah State and Bowling Green.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars from 247Sports and ESPN, but only two from Rivals. Booooo.
Money quote: Always what you want to hear from a safety.
“I feel like that’s what I was recruited for. I come up and hit. That’s my thing.”
Twitter feed: @E_too_cool
Tweets of wonder: If you weren’t already aware by this point, Coley’s stepfather is Syracuse assistant Vinson Reynolds.
Syracuse commit Eric Coley on joining Dad: "I think deep down he wants me to play with him and be right there with him at the next level."— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) June 25, 2016
What movie would Dino Babers recommend for him?: Cole Hauser played Carter Verone in 2 Fast 2 Furious. He was a Miami druglord and a character I oddly remember pretty vividly despite having not seen the movie since its 2003 release.
Interesting nugget o’interest: Like several Syracuse players, Coley is a pretty speedy dude. As a freshman at Portage Northern, he was rookie of the year and sprinter of the year. Not too shabby.
Let’s get a good look at ya: Signing Day highlight reel time.