A coaching change can certainly derail a recruiting class, but it doesn’t always have to. There’s an advantage of a brand new coaching staff because it allows a program to reach out to some fresh faces.
Once the reality set in that he wouldn’t be able to retain the entirety of Doug Marrone’s class, Scott Shafer immediately went to work to find replacements. And if other schools are plotting last-minute raids of SU’s pantry, then hey, why not take some hard-nosed dives into other school’s kitchens?
And that’s exactly what the Syracuse head coach did to land his first verbal commit – St. Louis, Missouri wide receiver Corey Winfield. The Fizz caught up with the playmaker to discuss his commitment.
Just a handful of days ago, Winfield was apparently bound for Northern Illinois, a MAC school that’s coming off an Orange Bowl appearance. But one day, as he sat in class, he received a surprise call from his coach at Riverview Gardens High School, Kenric Walker.
“He said Syra...