As the Syracuse Orange look to battle for a bowl game berth this season by winning one of the their next three games, the coaching staff is battling to put together another strong recruiting class to build momentum after 2020 and 2021’s relatively strong classes. (Comparatively to where Syracuse historically was, that is.)
Unfortunately, the odds of that happening took a big hit on Monday, as the Orange’s top commitment decided to re-open his commitment, announcing the news via Twitter and the all popular notes app.
(H/t to Stephen Bailey for RT’ing the news)
Q’yaeir Price, a three-star defensive lineman of DePaul Catholic and Wayne, NJ announced his decommitment from the Orange a little over three months after committing to Syracuse. Price was courted by Nick Monroe, who was battling with West Virginia, Boston College, Kansas, Maryland, and a host of other Power 5 and Group of 5 schools for Price’s commitment.
To make matters sting more for Syracuse Orange fans, 247’s Crystal Ball, led by Recruiting Expert Brian Dohn, expect Price to commit to Rutgers, who was previously not listed as a serious contender by the site.
With Price’s decision, the Orange have just 10 commitments for the class 2022, with Maryland WR Donovan Brown moving up into the top recruit slot for the time being. There’s just one other defensive lineman in the class so far (Belizaire Bassette), but they had offered 31 other recruits, with 13 of those players still undecided.
Overall, it’s less than ideal news for the coaching staff, who now have to ramp recruiting up in order to ensure they can successfully fill out the class. Price is the second player to decommit this cycle, after fellow D-linemen Malachi Davis opted to head to Toledo instead a month back.