The only bright side of a Syracuse football loss in 2013 is that it means a verbal commitment is soon to come. Erv Phillips chose the Orange following the Penn State loss, Jamal Custis did so after the debacle in Evanston, Aaron Roberts and Beau Benzschawel both offered up verbal commitments after the Clemson loss, and now Miami native, quarterback Alin Edouard, has landed on Syracuse as his college of choice.
Edouard, a 6'2", 180 lb quarterback from Hialeah High School, was formerly a verbal commit to Miami, before backing out to weigh his other options. His offer list is as impressive as any you'll find for a future Syracuse player, and includes schools like Arizona, Boston College, Louisville, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. Edouard is ranked 4-stars by ESPN, making him the second quarterback in the class to receive that rating from the Worldwide Leader along with A.J. Long, and three stars from the rest of the major recruiting sites.
In 2012, the quarterback compiled 1,896 passing yards, and 25 total touchdowns. He runs a 4.57 40 yard dash, according to Rivals. ESPN lists both his accuracy and arm strength, as well as his release and athleticism as strengths. 247sports rates his release as a 9/10.
Syracuse had an edge over competitors for Edouard because of offensive coordinator George McDonald's connections to the Miami area and the Hialeah staff. He and Tim Lester are both credited with the recruitment of Edouard, according to 247sports.
The commitment gives Syracuse both the #9 and #10 on ESPN's rankings of dual-threat quarterbacks, with Edouard and Long respectively. It also bumps Syracuse into the top 50 in team recruiting rankings on Scout, where the Orange currently sit at 48, just ahead of schools like West Virginia and USC.
2014 6'3 190 QB ALIN EDOUARD HIALEAH JR HIGHLIGHT (via coachmarroquin)
Under Armour Combine: Alin Edouard (via ESPN)