The Fran Brown era of Syracuse Orange football is off to a scorching start. During his introductory press conference, Brown showed how different of a look he will bring to SU... by announcing his defensive coordinator himself.
That’s right: Elijah Robinson, another Camden native who worked with Brown from 2014-2017, will be joining the Syracuse coaching staff. It’s hinted at that Robinson was paid very well to get him up to Syracuse - but it may very well be worth it.
Robinson was the Number 5 recruiter in the country for the Class of 2024, and Number 1 for the Class of 2022, according to 247 Sports.
The news was first teased last night by Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com:
BREAKING: Just got word that A&M d-line coach Elijah Robinson is headed to Syracuse as the new Orange defensive coordinator. E-Rob's first crack at running the defense so a big step for tge longtime Aggie assistant.— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) December 3, 2023
Robinson was on some of the same Temple and Baylor staffs as Brown, and the two have been close friends for a long time,
Brown hinted at the length of the contract: “We’re gonna do everything we can to get three years out of him.”
There’s already some early signs of how important Robinson’s presence is. One of Texas A&M’s top recruits for next year, 4-star DL Gabriel Reliford, decommitted last night, and DL Walter Nolen, a previous #1 overall recruit of his, became the #1 rated player to enter the transfer portal on Sunday.
As with Brown, Robinson does not have previous experience in the exact role he was hired for... but with his otherwise impressive backgrounds, these are the gambits a school such as Syracuse needs to take.
In other coaching news:
- Nunzio Campanile will remain on SU’s staff for next season, in addition to coaching the Boca Raton Bowl. Brown will be an observer in practice over the next couple weeks before taking over in January.
- Devin Redd, most recently the wide receivers coach at Delaware State, is also joining SU as an assistant WR coach.