Syracuse Commits React to Start of the Orange's Season

Michael McAllister

Syracuse's 1-4 start is not what Orange fans expected, especially with a home loss to Liberty to cap it off. The struggles naturally lead to the question of how this impacts recruiting. Syracuse has done a nice job in the 2021 class receiving early commitments from talented prospects. 

We reached out to many of their commits to find out their thoughts on the start of the season and if it impacts their commitment status. 

QB Justin Lamson: "Nope (it doesn't impact commitment status)." Lamson added he continues to believe in Dino and the direction of the program. 

DB Duce Chestnut: "Definitely doesn't affect my commitment to Cuse. Yes it's been a rough start but that's due to injuries and the circumstances they are playing through. With the coaching staff we have, I can see them turning it around." 

OL Enrique Cruz: "I'm still fully committed to Syracuse. I think this year is just a down year." 

DL/LB Derek McDonald: "I'm not worried about the start to the season. I believe in the coaching staff, and I've seen some really good flashes of how good the defense can look. I'm excited for our class to get up there because I think we can turn things around."

DL Elijah Fuentes: "Win or lose, Syracuse was the best decision of a lifetime. I love the program and the staff."

OL Tyler Magnuson: "Their performance does not have an impact on my commitment." 

DL Jatius Geer: "I'm locked in 100%." 

TE Landon Morris via his dad: "Both Landon and I feel the same way about Syracuse's start to the season. A lot of tough injuries and an odd COVID year for everyone will play games with the direction a coach wants their program to be moving in. Landon chose Syracuse over others because he felt like the coaches there really value his skill set and feel he can contribute early if he puts the work in. I see so many kids pick a program because of the name or notoriety and don't consider whether or not that program fits his or her game, and they disappear. I really blieve Landon did a great job keeping that in mind when he chose Syracuse."

OL Wes Hoeh: "Makes me even more excited to get there and hopefully make an impact to the team." 

WR Kendall Long: "It doesn't impact me because I'm 100% committed and I'm looking forward to contributing to a great season next year." 

DB Malcolm Folk: "No sir not at all. I'm more excited than ever to hopefully get up there and help them turn things around." 

DL Jaelin Moss: "Not at all. Just an unfortunate situation with injuries."

OL Austyn Kauhi: "The start of the season obviously isn't going according to plan, but not every plan is set in stone. Things change, injuries happen, people fall off and it happens every time no matter what program or conference you're in. With the lack of a beneficial offseason due to the surprising outbreak of COVID-19 that has not only affected Syracuse but rather the sports community as a whole, many players aren't where they should be either physically, mentally or both. I'm taking it one day at a time and I'm curious to see how Syracuse handles their business in the weeks to follow."

DL Terry Lockett: "I'm going to stand by Cuse's side through the whole season no matter what the results come out to be. I'm loyal to Cuse and will never turn away just because it's a difficult moment for them. The 21 class is going to be the class that will turn Cuse around and help build the program back to what Cuse football really is."

WR Oronde Gadsden: “It has no impact.” 

DL Hayden Nelson: “It‘s been a tough year for a lot of people. I have a lot of faith in the coaching staff, and in the class of 2021 to turn things around so I wouldn’t say it has an impact on my commitment.”

RB Josh Hough: "No it doesn't. They are working with a lot of injuries right now, plus they had a really great recruiting class this year. Those issues are temporary." 

Comments (16)
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Mikopaq1
Mikopaq1

It's going to be a tough Reality Check when next season is even worse. Babers is a fraud. Has zero history of success on his own. The reason for jumping around team to team after team was built by REAL Coaches, Scott Shafer included, so no one sees his ineptitude. Eric Dungey carried the team for 4 years and Babers was lucky to have been able to be in the right place and lock in the contract before he was exposed. Truth hurts.

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losingstinks
losingstinks

Babers has not proven he can build a program and did win with Shaffer's players, but "fraud" he is not. He is one of the finest, most caring people you could ask for. I feel the same way about Shaffer and think that was a bad fire, but the media runs this world and he didn't know how to play to them. Dino's love for his players will turn this around, but it won't be overnight.

djorange89
djorange89

besides Kauhi, everyone seems very positive. don't want to lose anyone, but if all that happens is losing Kauhi after what looks to be an awful 1-10, 2-9 kind of season, I will take it

Michael McAllister
Michael McAllister

Editor

Hatcher is one that almost never responds. I will keep trying. Ellis hasn't gotten back to me either but will definitely hit him up again.

OrangeExtremist
OrangeExtremist

Appreciated as always mike!

Orangepassion
Orangepassion

Would love to hear that Hatcher and Ellis are still strong. 2 of my favorite commits.

Orangepassion
Orangepassion

Hatcher? Ellis?

Michael McAllister
Michael McAllister

Editor

Appreciate all the kind words everyone. Thanks for reading.

BlackFrancis
BlackFrancis

Nice work.

Michael McAllister
Michael McAllister

Editor

That was the only one that made me raise an eyebrow. I know the staff feels confident in their relationship with him, but he’s acknowledged that he’s keeping an open mind with his recent UCF offer.

Ish_Kabibble
Ish_Kabibble

Thanks, Mike. It is definitely a concern when this is how the season begins, but I feel confident, based on these comments, that we'll be fine. Would love to see us maintain mid-40's ranking of class as a worst case. That would be a solid 10-ish spot jump! Go Orange!

pschrade
pschrade

Nice work, Mike. That lengthy response from Kauhi, though...

BHANDsome2
BHANDsome2

Keep it up. I think Babers has support due to this recruiting class and the financial uncertainty of college athletics right now. I do think it is time to try out Morgan at QB

angelletee55
angelletee55

Good read Mike.

angelletee55
angelletee55

Good read Mike.

OrangeExtremist
OrangeExtremist

Good stuff mike


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