Babers making Syracuse recruiting class his own

Dino Babers’ tenure at Syracuse isn’t yet two months old, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t already made major changes to the direction in which the program is headed. When the Orange sign their 2016 recruiting class in two weeks, the majority of the prospects will be players who committed to Babers’ staff.

Although several players have decommitted from Syracuse in recent weeks — most recently, quarterback Lindsey Scott reopened his recruitment — several other recruits have joined the team’s 2016 group. In the last week, the Orange have landed defensive end Kendall Coleman of Indianapolis, wide receiver Sean Riley of Harbor City, California, defensive back Devon Clarke of Kissimmee, Florida, and linebacker Andrew Armstrong of Youngstown, Ohio.

All of those prospects were previously committed to other programs. Clarke is a former Oregon State commit, Riley had been an Arizona pledge, Kendall Coleman originally committed to Western Michigan, and Armstrong recently decommitted from Bowling Green.

Syracuse’s 2016 class is ranked No. 69 nationally on the 247Sports Composite and last in the ACC. Eight of the 13 pledges are players who committed to Babers’ staff.