Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Donnie Webb of the Syracuse Post-Standard points out that Doug Marrone's NYC area consigliare and new Secondary Coach John Anselmo, plans on heading down to the Big Apple and surrounding areas to talk to committed Big East recruits. I would think Oday Aboushi of Brooklyn's Xaverian High School will almost certainly get a knock on the door from Anselmo being that he is currently uncommitted.
Big East schools with commits in the tri-state area, namely Rutgers and Pittsburgh, should expect the Syracuse staff to at least attempt to steal away a recruit or two. If you ask me, I say all's fair in love and war. Syracuse has noticeably suffered in the recruiting arena due to the instability of their coaching staff throughout the season. Now that Doug Marrone is firmly in place and hired one new recruiter (and retained two others), he can evaluate the recruiting landscape and talk to kids who made their decisions when Greg Robinson was in charge at Syracuse.
I'll bet that bloggers and fans alike get up in arms over the move by Orange coaches to poach their school's athletes. One must remember though, that after a coach leaves a school (whether by choice or by firing), commits often jump ship and look at their other options. If that's the case, why can't a player who decided he'd rather play football for Greg Schiano than Greg Robinson back in October, go back and make the same comparison between Schiano and Marrone in January? Makes sense doesn't it? I knew you'd see it my way.
Regardless, stay tuned for recruiting updates for all Big East teams as signing day approaches.