Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Its Signing Day in Syracuse

Syracuse Orange head football coach Doug Marrone added 31 new student-athletes to his 2010 today, the first day of the National Letter of Intent signing period. The class includes representation from 11 states and covers nine positions. New York state leads the geographic representation with nine, followed by five from Florida, four from Pennsylvania, three each from New Jersey and Ohio, two from California and one each from Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Virginia and Texas. On the field, the class will feature six linebackers, five wide receivers, four offensive linemen, four defensive linemen, three defensive backs, three tight ends, three running backs, two quarterbacks and one kicker.

"I'm excited about recruiting as far as how we went out and re-established our foundation," Marrone said. "That's going to develop the relationship for years to come. I'm more excited about what our players are doing here to get themselves ready for Spring practice when it comes down to actually taking the field and playing football. I have a better sense of what our players here can do and to watch them and how they interacting with each other, how they're communicating, how they're going after it in the weight room, how they're going after the running and how they're going after academics – I feel like we've made great strides."

The addition of wide receiver Dyshawn Davis completed the class that also includees,  defensive linemen Deon GogginsMicah Robinson and Robert Welsh, defensive backs Keon Lyn and Jeremi Wilkes, and offensive lineman Lou Alexander tight ends Charlie Copa and Beckett Wales, wide receivers Adrian Flemming, Steve Rene and Jeremiah Kobena, linebackers Malcolm CaterLewellyn CokerMyles Davis, and Mario Tull, running backs Prince-Tyson Gulley and Jerome Smith and Dom Timbers, offensive linemen Sean Hickey and Macky MacPherson, quarterbacks John Kinder and Jonny Miller and kicker Ross Krautman.

Marrone welcomed seven new student-athletes to his program when the University started classes in January. Freshmen Max Beaulieu and Brice Hawkes graduated from University School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and moved north, while freshman Marquis Spruill joined the team after playing at Fork Union Military Academy in 2009. Juniors Olando Fisher and Michael Hay transferred from Nassau Community College and seniors Jose Cruz and Aaron Weaver enrolled at Syracuse after Hofstra University eliminated its football program.

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