Syracuse Orange Look Out of State For Talent

By Dale Casler
Christopher HaneWinckel- USA TODAY Sports

The University of Syracuse had some trouble yesterday. National Signing Day offered up no top 300 players to the school’s football program, as the Orange failed to land a recruit that graded past 78. On a day marked high on every college football fan, coach and player’s calendar, Syracuse failed to land any top recruits.

The school is in a conference lame duck year as they will part ways with the Big East following the seasons end and join the ACC for the 2014-15 season.  The move is a step up for the school as far as the talent they will face in their new conference.

They certainly don’t appear like a team gearing up for the future. Without good talent on the field, the team should have it’s hands full as they face new opponents like Virgina Tech and Florida State. Even less talented ACC teams appear poised to put up big numbers against them.

The head-scratching part about yesterday is that only two New York recruits chose to sign with the team. Players came from all over the country to play for Syracuse, just not from locally. The team signed its players from Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina, California, Georgia and Missouri among a few others.

A good season can change all that for Syracuse. They are certainly going to need all the help they can get. They have a competitive Big East (5-2 last season) team that needs to stay that way as they make the jump to the ACC following next season. It will be interesting to watch as the team plays out it’s final games as a Big East team. Do they maintain or fall off completely?


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