Initially stagnant regarding the recruitment of freshmen, Syracuse has decided to change their ways a little bit in an effort to catch up with their ACC counterparts. That decision has paid off significantly, as John Desko’s Orange received another massive verbal when Griffin Gelinas, a Bronxville (N.Y.) native who recently transferred to Brunswick School in Fairfield County, made his decision to join the 15-time national champions.
That commitment comes just two weeks after a fellow Prime Time freshman standout, Fox Lane midfielder Matthew Magnan (highlight reel viewable here) selected ‘Cuse. According to a handful of club & college coaches, Magnan and Gelinas could be two of the top 25 players in the class, so if you’re a Syracuse fan you have to be happy about the direction they’re going in – unless you dislike the early recruiting madness.
Gelinas will have the opportunity to compete for heavy playing time right off of the bat, likely teaming up with fellow Bronxville product Reilly Walsh, a Brunswick midfielder ranked as the No. 2 player in the junior class and is bound for Duke. Though relatively undersize, Gelinas explodes out of his dodges and possesses outstanding stick work and riding ability. He turns the corner with confidence and is equally adept at shooting and feeding due to his outstanding field vision and lacrosse IQ. The kid is an unselfish attackman who was a big reason why Prime Time went 18-2 last summer, putting himself on college coaches’ radars thanks to his impressive consistency. He also visited Maryland, Penn State and Georgetown, among other interest.
Interestingly enough, John Desko has just two commits in his ’17 class, while rivals Virginia, Hopkins and Maryland have 11 sophomore verbals each. I’m intrigued to see where the Orange go in their freshman and sophomore recruiting classes, as they’ve traditionally gone a bit later and like to fill their classes with Central NY and under-the-radar products who many people don’t know about.
They’re all about local flavor and ‘Cuse legacies, however their pickup of Gelinas is a nice sign that they can still flex their muscles in areas they usually fail to thrive in.