Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone secured nine commitments in June and has secured four more thus far in July.
Offensive line coach / recruiting coordinator Greg Adkins told Brent Axe of 1260 The Score, “I think it is a number of different things. I think it is across the board. You look across the country; it is a trend right now. The process of recruiting has sped up so much. I heard a figure the other day that somewhere around 300 kids in the month of June committed to some Division I school.”
The Orange has received verbal commitments from players in six different states including New York (5), Florida (3), New Jersey (1), Pennsylvania (1), Georgia (1), Michigan (1).
Marrone and Adkins believe in pounding the strengths of the university, city, and program. Neither coach hesitates to admit that Syracuse isn’t for everyone.
Adkins believes the Syracuse coaches do an excellent job of building trust, not only with the recruits, but with their high school coaches as well.
Adkins said, “I think the key to being a good recruiter is the trust of being able to go in to each of these schools and tell them the truth. As long as you can tell the prep school, high school, junior college coaches the truth, and there is a trust between you and that other person, those are the people that do a great job in recruiting.”
Doug Marrone will enter his third year as head coach in 2011. In his first two seasons, the Orange finished 4-8 and 8-5. Syracuse opens the season with back-to-back home games against Wake Forest and Rhode Island, before traveling to USC.