Friday, October 29, 2010

A Further Look at the 2011 Recruiting Class

With the positive reaction from the first glance at verbal commitments the Orangemen have received for the 2011 season, The Cuse Connection decided to bring a sequal to the masses.

First up is Eric Crume, a 6'2" 320 pound defensive tackle from Detroit, Michigan. Crume describes himself as a "run stopper" who can also get a few sacks, and his high school team Detroit Central won the City Championship. Other schools talking to Crume were Iowa, Michigan St., Michigan and Toledo, however Syracuse was the first school to offer and he accepted. Check out this video if you want to see Crume absolutely abuse the 225 pound bench press and other big time plays. Eric Crume was primarily recruited by Michigan native and SU running back coach Tyrone Wheatley.

Another recruit committed to Syracuse is Terrel Hunt, 6'3" 186 pound quarter back from Queens, NY. Hunt attends Christ the King High School and has a very interesting story for his decision. His mother loved the University and she loved the movie "The Express," and expressed her love of Syracuse to Hunt before she passed away this year from ovarian cancer. Hunt was named to the All-Queens First Team and completed 86 of 148 passes for 1,187 yards with 12 TDs in 2009. He also had 105 rushing attempts for 533 yards. He also plays for the school's varsity basketball team. While other schools like Connecticut, Rutgers and Boston College told him he'd get a chance to play, Syracuse told him he would get a chance to play at quarterback, which meant a lot to Hunt in his decision.

Out of Snellvile, Georgia comes Cameron Lynch, a 5'11" 220 pound linebacker at Brookwood High School. Lynch has the 2nd most tackles in the nation (106) and serves as one of the team's elected captains on game day. Just like Keenan Hale who verbally committed to Syracuse, Lynch is not just successful on the football field, but in the classroom as well. Lynch has a 3.7 GPA and takes AP classes in subjects like Physics and Calculus. He visited Cornell and Harvard before falling in love with Syracuse and plans to study mechanical engineering. Lynch says his best 40 yard dash time is 4.68 seconds and made 135 tackles last season, earning him a 3-star rating from rivals. There's a good article about Lynch in the Gwinnett Daily Post which you can read here.

Syracuse picked up a recruit from Youngstown, Ohio as well. A 5'11" 170 pound cornerback named Dale Peterman. Peterman attended Ursuline High School and said he was initially recruited by Syracuse Defensive Coordinator Scott Shafer when Shafer was at Michigan. After Shafer became the D.C. at Syracuse he put a call into Peterman and was able to convince him to bring his services to the Orangemen. Dale Peterman received offers from Wisconsin, Michigan Cincinnati and Nebraska among others according to A 3-star recruit according to rivals, Peterman can run the 40 in 4.49 seconds. Peterman has had an unusual path to Syracuse however. Originally signed for the 2009 season, he didn't qualify academically so he went to Georgia Military College to work on his grades. From there he attended City College of San Francisco to further work on his academics and will finally enroll at Syracuse in 2011 with junior eligibility, god willing.

Next is Donnie Simmons, a 6'2" 225 pound defensive end out of White Plains, NY. At Archbishop Stepinac High School Simmons was named the teams Defensive MVP and his coach says he has "freak strength" for his size and quickness to go with it. Simmons runs the 40 in 4.59 seconds and was named to the Catholic High School's All-League Team and was runner up for defensive MVP in the league. His coach also said he could see Simmons playing at 250 pounds in college and possibly growing another inch. Highlight tape of Simmons junior season can be seen here.

The last player for this installment of the 2011 recruiting review is Rob Trudo, a 6'4" 275 pound offensive lineman from Farrell, PA. Trudo picked Syracuse over Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Iowa State among other schools. Rob Trudo said he received 11 total scholarship offers. Trudo can play both offensive and defensive line and credited Doug Marrone and Greg Adkins, offensive line coach, as reasons why he chose the Orangemen, along with the Carrier Dome. For highlights from Trudo's junior year check out this video. He also liked the opportunity to play right away, and the academics offered at Syracuse, which he takes pride in.

Stay tuned to The Cuse Connection for more recruiting updates leading up to National Letter of Intent Signing Day.


Orangetiff said...

I like the players that we have been picking up but hopefully our winning ways and resurgence will help to step up our recruiting. Based on and, we are sitting at 6th place in the big east conference recruiting standings at this point and had us listed at #61 overall (Pitt is top 20, Louisville is 31). It's not too much reason to be worried at this point though...We had a big surge last season after the season was over

Michael Isserlis said...

exactly orangetiff. its still very early in recruiting process and since letters of intent aren't signed until february cuse has a LOT of time to keep adding to their win total and convince more quality recruits to join the orangemen next season. good things are happening!