Homestead (Fla.) South Dade cornerback Antwan Cordy has been highly coveted by Syracuse throughout the process. They offered early, ramped up their interest late, and received a verbal during his official visit.
George McDonald was supposed to deliver Florida to Syracuse and build a strong pipeline to the Sunshine State. He has achieved those results and then some, with Cordy being the latest example.
McDonald has strong relationships with coaches in the area, and Syracuse has a lot of Florida products on the roster. They continue to make a name for themselves as a landing spot for players in a talent-rich state.
As the Orange look to build speed on the outside in order to hold their own in the ACC, these relationships and recruiting battles are critical. Landing Cordy is another win down south.
One of the main focuses for Syracuse during the 2014 class was to bolster the talent and depth in the secondary. The blowout losses to Florida State and Clemson reminded the Orange that they still need to add a lot of speed and skill on the outside.
The Orange have landed corners and safeties alike through the cycle, but were not satisfied with signing day rapidly approaching. Adding Cordy gives them more speed to stay with the skill position players on the outside that the ACC presents.
An influx of talent at the cornerback position was needed, and Cordy helps Syracuse accomplish that goal.
Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?
The move likely means Syracuse is done in the defensive backfield. They will now shift their focus to landing Denzel Ward and Steve Ishmael before signing day.
Cordy is important for Syracuse for two reasons. It gives the Orange more Florida speed on the outside and helps them with Trumaine Washington, a corner that may have more upside. The Orange continue to identify needs and grab them in the 2014 cycle.