Syracuse football: Dino Babers notches his first recruit of 2017

BY Fansided and Paul A. Esden Jr./FanSided via Inside the Loud House • December 14, 2016

It didn’t take that long for Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers to notch his first recruit of the 2017 class. It all starts on defense for Orange.

This will be the first of many new recruits for the Syracuse football program. But this is one that is particularly special considering it’s Dino Babers first of the program for 2017.

First reported by Scout.com and later reported on by Syracuse.com Football Reporter, Nate Mink, JUCO linebacker Ryan Guthrie is headed to Central New York. Guthrie has a lot of scheme versatility at 6-foot-2, 210-pounds.

Mink has reported that he could fill any of the voids at linebacker for the Orange. It’s not surprising that Syracuse’s first recruit came on the defensive side of the ball.

This season we saw new career lowlights from this defense than perhaps any season in recent SU memory. They ended up with the 122nd ranked defense in the country out of a qualifying 128. While their turnover differential was tied for the 72nd worst in all of college football.

Another thing that shouldn’t be surprising is JUCO’s joining the program. When we spoke to Syracuse.com Football Reporter, Stephen Bailey, he said as much.

Stephen Bailey, SU Football Beat Writer for the Post

Standard/Syracuse.com(@Stephen_Bailey1):

“Syracuse’s 2017 class is shaping up to be one of the program’s best in recent years. The

Orange projects to bring in players who fit new systems on both sides of the ball, add depth at key positions and take on a potential quarterack of the future in Tommy DeVito. As long as SU can hold onto who it has and reel in another handful of contributors (expect some from the JUCO ranks), this cycle should be considered successful. Then the question will be whether SU’s coaches can take this talent, produce more on-field success and parlay that into more significant recruiting bounds.”

Wednesday is the first-day junior college-transfers intending to enroll at the midyear could sign with a school.

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