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Syracuse football hires Chip West as new cornerbacks coach

More new faces coming aboard.

NCAA Football: Central Michigan at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange have been busy making some staffing changes over the last month, and we heard the latest one today. Marshall cornerbacks coach Chip West will be joining Syracuse in the same capacity, the Orange announced today:

As noted in SU’s tweeted, West has been an ace recruiter in the past — especially while at Virginia from 2010-15 under Mike London. He was previously the recruiting coordinator at UVA, and won ACC “recruiter of the year” honors from 247Sports, Rivals and Scout at Virginia.

West was at Marshall this past year, and Charlotte the year before that as co-defensive coordinator and CBs coach. He’s also spent time at Howard (2017), the aforementioned UVA gig (2010-15), Old Dominion (2007-09), James Madison (2004-06), Fordham (2003), Colgate (1999-2002) and West Virginia (1997-98). So along with his time recruiting in the Virginia (Virginia Beach-Norfolk area), he’s at least familiar with New York as well. He’s also a native of Hampton, Va.

So that’s three new coaches in the door so far this offseason now. West will plug into Kim McCloud’s old role coaching corners, and as you know, Sterlin Gilbert and Tony White will be Syracuse new coordinators on offense and defense, respectively. TBD if there are any more additions this offseason to go with those. One would think White perhaps has a staffer to add — though no idea who that would be, or where.

Most of all, this is a great sign for SU recruiting, as it’s West’s specialty and a clear need for the Orange as they continue to grow the talent level on this roster. Hopefully we start seeing more success on the trail as the 2021 class comes together.