Name: Ifeatu Melifonwu
Year: (Redshirt) Junior
Hometown: Graton, Mass.
High School: South Grafton, Mass
2019 stats: Melifonwu appeared in nine games with eight starts at corner. He recorded two interceptions and had 18 tackles.
2020 projections: Melifonwu has one of the Syracuse Orange starting corner positions locked down. Injuries have been the only thing keeping him from making a bigger impact so staying healthy this fall would allow him to make a claim for All-ACC honors.
How’d he get here?: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines made a late run for Ifeatu but he stuck with his verbal commitment to Syracuse. Boston College, UMass and Navy were also
What’d recruiting sites say?: 3 stars all around.
Money quote: With an older brother in the NFL expectations were raised for Ifeatu and he started to show his promise late in his career at Grafton.
“He’s a tremendous player,” Grafton football coach Chris McMahon said. “He just blossomed and turned into the player that we knew he was going to be. We knew pretty early on that he was a special player and that he was going to have a great career at Grafton, and he really lived up to that. He exploded this year.”
Twitter feed: @Ifeatu_Mel
Tweets of wonder: Like a lot of the returning Orange motivation is a key theme for 2020
Motivated by the fear of being average pic.twitter.com/OnvjzCyZdg— Ifeatu Melifonwu (@Ifeatu_Mel) January 12, 2019
What movie would Dino recommend for him?: We’ll go with another movie set in Massachusetts, “Shutter Island”. Since corners are often out on an island Dino’s going to have Ifeatu watch this Leonardo DiCaprio role to get ready to focus on getting his job done despite all the obstacles in the way.
Interesting nugget o’interest: Melifonwu is a player that scouts are keeping an eye on this season. Sports Illustrated had him as the #3 NFL prospect on this year’s Orange and he will certainly be a player being watched closely in 2020.
Player Spotlight -- Syracuse CB Ifeatu Melifonwu— SixthYearSports (@SixthYearSports) May 25, 2020
Hometown: South Grafton, MA
High School: Grafton
Melifonwu is an incredible athlete with unbelievable length. Made multiple plays on the ball including two picks and nearly 10 PBUs in just 9 games last year. pic.twitter.com/TivqVPy4Jd
Let’s get a look at ya: Here are some highlights from last season.