Tuesday, October 26, 2010

2011 Syracuse Football Recruiting Class Update

A few weeks ago a reader asked me about what the Orangemen were doing in terms of recruiting, especially with regards to hitting the football meccas of Florida, Texas and Ohio. There was also a question as to whether or not Syracuse would be able to re-establish themselves in the New York, New Jersey, Maryland and prep-schools in the north east recruiting scene.

Well, with four months to go before letter of intent signing day, Syracuse has received numerous verbal commitments from high school seniors across the country. Today a young man named Kristofer Curtis, a 6'5" 295 pound offensive tackle from Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, Georgia gave a verbal commitment to the Orangemen. When asked what made a difference for Syracuse over other schools, Curtis responded "The coaching staff was absolutely amazing."

Curtis chose Syracuse over Kentucky, Memphis, Tulane and Middle Tennessee State. According to scout.com Curtis can bench 325 pounds and squat over 400 pounds, and rivals.com lists him as a 3-star recruit. Kristofer Curtis has the potential to be a strong run blocker for the Orangemen in the years to come, something Syracuse can surely benefit from.

Syracuse has also been active recruiting in the football hotbed of florida, adding Louie Addazio out of Gainesville, Florida. Addazio is the son of University of Florida's offensive coordinator Steve Addazio, who was an assistant at Syracuse University from 1995-1998. Addazio, a 6'3" 240 pound tight end at Buchholtz High School, has been credited as "one of the best blocking tight ends in the state" by his head coach Jay Godwin. He also vowed to spread the word in the state of Florida that the Orangemen are not a program to be taken lightly.

The cuse got another Florida recruit, this time from Miami Central High School in Miami, Fl. Oliver Vigille, a 6'2" 205 pound linebacker. Vigille can run the 40 yard dash in 4.6 seconds and plays on one of the top teams in the state. He had offers from South Florida, Central Florida and Florida International along with interest from Florida State. Vigille is credited as a 3-star recruit from rivals.com and helped lead his team to the state semi-finals in his junior year. His coach said Vigille plans to add another 20 pounds before arriving on campus.

Syracuse has verbal commitments from a trio of Davis' as well. First is DeFarrell Davis, a 6'2" 185 pound wide receiver from Melvindale, Michigan, who played two years at Nassau Community College. Credit this pick up to John Anselmo's inclusion on the coaching staff. Anselmo was the head football coach at NCC for 16 years and has contacts at nearly every High School in the metropolitan area. ESPN's Jamie Newberg calls DeFarrell Davis one of the top junior college wide receivers in the country. He will come to SU with two years of eligibility remaining.

Dyshawn Davis, 6'1" 200 pound linebacker/safety from Woodbury, NJ also committed to the Orangemen along with Myles Davis, 6'0" 212 pound linebacker from Verona, PA, who both played for Milford Academy this past season. Dyshawn didn't qualify to enroll at SU in 2010 and will be enrolled this coming January. In 2009 at Woodbury High School Davis had 95 tackles, 1 interception and blocked 2 punts. He also lined up at wide receiver and made 24 catches for 381 yards and 3TDs. Although recruited to play at SU to play receiver, he has been playing on defense all year at Milford Academy and expects to play outside linebacker or safety for the Orangemen. Through 7 games Davis has 21 tackles, 14 solo 6 for a loss and 1 interception which he returned for a touchdown.

Myles Davis, who also didn't qualify to enroll at SU for the 2010 season, will have surgery on a torn ACL this year and may wait until next year to enroll at the University. Rivals ranks him the 24th best Prep school prospect in the country due to his tremendous drive and athletic ability. Until his injury, Davis was allegedly "dominating" opponents on the field at Milford.

There's a third recruit coming from Milford Academy, Jeremiah Kobena, a wide receiver from the Bronx, NY. Kobena, 6'0" 185 pounds, says he hopes to enroll at SU in January and be on the field for spring football in April. He has truly exceptional speed and finished 6th in the New York State 100 meter finals, and came in first in the New York City finals. Kobena picked Syracuse over Rutgers and Pittsburgh in 2009 although he too had to sit out the 2010 season due to academic issues. He finished his 2009 senior year at Cardinal Hayes High School with 1,578 total yards and 14 touchdowns from both the wide receiver and tailback slots. He was the NY Daily News 2009 Bronx/Manhattan Player of the Year.

Another potentially exciting player coming to the cuse is Keenan Hale, a 6'3" wide receiver out of Conyers, Georgia. At McCallie School in Chattanooga Hale also won the state high jump title his junior year with a 6'8" jump and finished second in the decathlon (10 track and field events over two days). Hale is a big play receiver who is also physical and has the ability to get down field. Keenan Hale has a 4.51 40-yard dash time. Other schools that offered Hale are Samford, Arkansas and Vanderbilt, Duke, Yale and Harvard. Hale who plans to study chemical engineering at Syracuse, clearly has brains to go along with athletic ability.

Other Players who have verbally committed:
Eric Crume - 6'2" 320 - defensive tackle from Detroit, Michigan
Jonathan Fisher - 6'2" 205 - punter from Oakfield, NY
Terrel Hunt - 6'3" 186 - quarter back from Queens, NY
Cameron Lynch - 5'11" 220 - linebacker from Snellville, GA
Dale Peterman - 5'11" 170 - cornerback from Youngstown, OH
Sam Rodgers - 6'2" 215 - long snapper from State College, PA
Donnie Simmons - 6'2" 225 - defensive end from White Plains, NY
Ryan Sloan - 6'4" 310 - lineman from Brookhaven, NY
Tyree Smallwood - 5'11" 173 - defensive back/running back from New Windsor, NY
Rob Trudo - 6'4" 275 - offensive linemen from Farrell, PA

In the coming months as Syracuse adds more recruits to their 2011 class, check back in with The Cuse Connection for further analysis on the incoming freshman. [UPDATE: There's now part 2 of this recruiting review here.]

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