With in-state talent scarce, Syracuse's Scott Shafer recruiting far-and-wide

Florida, Illinois have supplied nearly half Orange's players in last two cycles

Syracuse coach Scott Shafer

Syracuse coach Scott Shafer

If you're Syracuse, tucked away in central New York closer to the Canadian border than to any recruiting hotbed, where do your players come from?

In the case of Scott Shafer's Orange, far-and-wide.

In the last two recruiting cycles - 25 signees in 2014 and 17 commitments for 2015 - Shafer has nabbed players from 13 states.

The group of 42 includes just three in-staters.

Florida leads the way with 1, followed by Illinois with eight, and Pennsylvania and Connecticut with four each. No other state has provided more than two players.

Outside of Florida, Shafer has added five players from the Southeast - two from Georgia, and one each from Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina.

This year's incoming class of 25 includes one four-star prospect - wide receiver K.J. Williams of Cherry Hill, New Jersey - and 15 three-star rated players.

By position, the group includes five wide receivers, four linebackers, four defensive backs, three defensive linemen, two running backs, two offensive linemen and two 'athletes.'

Joining the Orange are quarterbacks A.J. Long of Lenanon, Tennessee and Alin Edouard of Hialeah, Florida; as well as wideouts Jamal Curtis of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Adly Enoicy of Deray Beach, Florida, Steve Ishmael of Miami, Florida, Corey Cooper of Matthews, North Carolina, and Williams.

Shafer went into the Atlanta area for linebacker Jonathan Thomas of Suwanee and defensive tackle Kayton Samuels of Lithonia.

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fasttiger44#293363 writes:

To Brandon: Speaking of recruiting, what's the word on Tim Settle. Have you heard anything since the last time I ask?

TigerNE writes:

I noticed a while ago that Cuse was doing well recruiting in the SE. And I thought they were the team pushing hardest for the extra conference game for more exposure. Looks like they don't really need it after all.

fasttiger44#293363 writes:

The article on Syracuse recruiting in the southeast is a nice story but, that's all it is... a story. While they may indeed be getting some players out of Florida, all recruits coming from the Jacksonville area are not Spiller like as anyone coming out of the Ft. Myers, Naples areas aren't Sammy Watkins. Answer this question: Why would you go play your college football in Syracuse, New York if you were a great high school player that could go to Alabama, Georgia, LSU or Clemson. You wouldn't. I don't think if I were an opposing coach of a team playing Syracuse if I would lose any sleep over any recruit they got from Florida.

KerryCapps writes:

in response to fasttiger44#293363:

To Brandon: Speaking of recruiting, what's the word on Tim Settle. Have you heard anything since the last time I ask?

Since being in Clemson for Dabo's camp, Settle has visited West Virginia and Penn State. For what it's worth, 247 considers him a tossup among Alabama, Clemson, Tennessee and Virginia.

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