Shafer discusses Syracuse’s recruiting philosophies

Scott Shafer was in a unique position when he became head coach at Syracuse in January of 2013. Unlike most new college head coaches, who are arriving from somewhere else, Shafer was promoted from within — from defensive coordinator to head coach — when Doug Marrone left to take over the Buffalo Bills.

Shafer was at an advantage as far as having already laid groundwork with top prospects in the 2014 class when he got the top job at SU. The result was a group that will help make the core of the 2015 Syracuse squad that’s currently preparing this summer in training camp for the upcoming season.

“This first full recruiting class that we’ve had, the freshmen that we had last year that have gone through this first year, are good examples of what we want to continue to do,” said Shafer in a recent interview with “I couldn’t be more proud of those kids and who they are. I’m equally proud of the coaching staff for identifying the right ones. And I think we’ve gotten a lot of the kids who we’re looking for, and you can see that across the board.”[hr]